5 Aug

Albert Pyun presents: Streets of Fire 2

Posted by Bryan White | Tuesday August 5, 2008 | News

Streets of Fire 2I realize that I’m probably the only guy on earth who actually likes this movie and I spend way too much time trying to legitimize it to people that challenge my opinion but I’ll never back down. I love this fucking movie. I read some really strange news today over at Ain’t It Cool News about what may or may not be a sequel to Walter Hill’s rock and roll box office bomb.

It would seem that schlockmeister supreme, Albert Pyun, is taking a break from his scabby post apocalypse productions for a feature that looks suspiciously like Streets of Fire. From AICN:

A soldier who has been fighting a long war is driven mad because he no longer believes in any purpose or righteous truth behind the killing. He comes home to a surreal world looking for his first and only love from his youth, believing she will rescue him from his demons. On the road to Edge City he encounters two seductive spree killers who oppose his efforts to find his love and the redemption he desperately seeks.

No big deal, right?  Check it: Michael Pare stars as the lead, a character named Cody.  Deborah Van Valeknburgh is there as his sister.  There’s a woman named McCoy as Cody’s sidekick and a woman named Ellen who will probably turn out to be a rock star belting out studio outtakes from Bat out of Hell.  Pretty strange, if you ask me.  Still no title. Can’t say I’m disappointed.  The original Streets of Fire was supposed to be the first in a trilogy of musical neo-noirs.  I can only hope that Lee Ving shows up and that Dave Alvin and Jim Steinman supply the music.

26 Comments 

  1. August 5, 2008 10:00 am

    Russell Johnson

    It could be interesting, but having Albert Pyun involved is almost never a good thing.

  2. August 5, 2008 10:16 am

    Bryan White

    re: Albert Pyun.
    Todd Brown at Twitch Film loves Albert Pyun. They routinely report about the guy. I made some comment about how he sucks and they all got very huffy about it.

  3. August 5, 2008 10:54 am

    sobegirl

    You had me at Michael Paré! I will sit through 90 minutes of him just standing there frying up turds. Or Eddie & the Cruisers II. Whichever is worse.

  4. August 5, 2008 11:13 am

    Russell Johnson

    re: Albert Pyun
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I get a kick out of how bad movie fans are just as opinionated and passionate about certain movies and directors as people get about great movies and great directors. Ever had an argument like this? “Hawk the Slayer is far worse than Gymakata will ever be!”

    I wish I liked Alert Pyun’s movies; he usually works in genres I enjoy. He just sucks, even at making bad movies. In my opinion he commits the worst movie sin of all- most of his films are boring and mediocre.

    The original Streets of Fire is a pretty fun flick, though, and there’s always a chance Pyun won’t ruin this sequel.

  5. August 5, 2008 11:16 am

    Bryan White

    I think the last Pyun flick I saw was his weird-ass remake of Yojimbo, Omega Doom which features a lot of shots of people (who are supposed to be androids) shooting each other dirty looks in some town where they killed all the humans. It was particularly boring.

  6. August 5, 2008 11:26 am

    Russell Johnson

    I just reviewed Omega Doom recently. It is a terrible movie. More recently I watched Ticker, which was his Steven Seagal movie. It is also a terrible movie. So boring I couldn’t even bring myself to write a review of it.

    Does anyone know of a Pyun movie that is actually so bad it’s good? I’ve seen a lot of them, and they all seem like boring crap.

  7. August 5, 2008 1:32 pm

    houseinrlyeh

    “The Sword & The Sorcerer” is entertainingly bad without the terrible veneer of boredom. If you like barbarian movies (and who doesn’t!?).

  8. August 5, 2008 1:37 pm

    Bryan White

    I love Cyborg.

  9. August 5, 2008 3:08 pm

    Russell Johnson

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Sword & The Sorcerer; maybe I’ll look it up on a rainy day. Cyborg makes me laugh just thinking about the guitar names. It’s my favorite of the Pyun movies I’ve watched.

  10. August 6, 2008 10:11 am

    Albert Pyun

    Hi!

    This is Albert Pyun. First let me apologize for “Ticker” which I loathe as much as or maybe more than you. Someday I hope the gruesome tale comes out about that production. Second, I do tend to agree that a lot of my films are slow and boring. And sucked. That’s mostly my fault as they were presold with set minimum running times and I always ended up short and had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h material to meet that condition. Or I just made bad deals that under budget the whole project.

    Films like Adrenalin were simply taken out of my hands but Omega Doom is all my error. Hope you get a chance to see “Mean Guns” or “Left For Dead” which were much better paced and more closely reflected what I was trying to do.

    Ultimately no excuse is good enough for having wasted your time and money but I hope to do better with “Road to Hell” and my sword and sorcery follow up “Tales of an Ancient Empire” as well as “Bulletface” which comes out in the fall.

    Best,
    Albert

  11. August 6, 2008 12:04 pm

    Bryan White

    Hi, Albert. Thanks for coming by. As much as I may bag on your movies in the post and as many disparaging comments as they may be in the thread, trust me, I’m actually quite looking forward to Road To Hell.

  12. August 6, 2008 1:51 pm

    Russell Johnson

    Albert, thanks for being such a good sport. I’m sure it’s tough to hear unpleasant things said about your work. I’m probably being a little hard on you, but I really did hate Omega Doom and Ticker. I do realize it’s tough to make good films with limited resources.

    I’ve been meaning to check out Left for Dead as I’ve heard some decent things about it. You almost always work on concepts I like so I’ll probably always check out your films sooner or later.

  13. August 6, 2008 3:35 pm

    Dan Taylor

    Albert Pyun has nothing to apologize for. The guy’s movies might not all be great but he’s out there making stuff. More power to him. As for TICKER, not nearly as bad as everybody makes it out to be, especially considering Hopper shot all his stuff in like a day (which explains the bad rear projection car scene with Jamie Pressley and Hopper’s incredibly inconsistent accent), and the opening scene was cobbled togther from other films. I thought it was pretty entertaining for the first hour or. Plus, he made the amazing, no, wait, AMAZING cable classic SWORD AND THE SORCERER which I’ve probably seen about two dozen times over the years. If the Lee-Horsley-Banquet-Crucifixion-Scene doesn’t define the term “Price of Admission” I don’t know what does. If the real AP is out there reading this, whatever happened to the SWORD sequel which was announced “Bond-like” in the film’s end credits?

  14. August 6, 2008 4:55 pm

    Russell Johnson

    I’d say Ticker’s about as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Which is incredibly boring and awful. I like plenty of crappy films, though, so if you enjoy it more power to you. Hell, I spend hours searching for new, exotically bad films.

    Mr. Pyun is welcome to keep churning out as many movies as he can get funding for, and I’m sure that there will always be sites like ours that will review them and chat about them. We may not always have nice things to say, because we enjoy making fun of crappy movies as much as we enjoy watching them.

    I don’t know why I haven’t seen the Sword and the Sorcerer at some point, but I’ll have to check it out.

  15. August 7, 2008 12:36 am

    Remo D.

    I thoroughly enjoyed THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER as well (“That’s a small threat… a VERY small threat!”)–and I’m partial to DOLLMAN because–well, that’s my NAME! (Also truly enjoyed Tim Thomerson’s performance and the explosive gore–and no, I didn’t go for the sequel, either.)

    HOWEVER… I believe I’m only one of twelve people alive who actually saw VICIOUS LIPS… on the BIG SCREEN. And I will NEVER forget it. NEVER.
    Can anyone else out there say the same thing???

  16. August 7, 2008 12:56 am

    Albert Pyun

    Hi All,

    Russell is right. When they suck (and I’ll be the first to admit some do) the films and filmmakers should be strung up and whipped (verbally of course).

    It’s not easy where I toil but do feel very fortunate that I’ve been given the opportunity to make films. If you check around you’ll find out that I’m known for walking off many films and I am considered a very difficult filmmaker for studios to to work with. Every film I make features a battle. The real problem is the really shit films I’ve made like Ticker tend to make buckets of money and the ones I think are decent get buried.

    Such is life.

    My commentary on Ticker was heavily edited. I was told it wouldn’t be and thats why I agreed to do the commentary. But they edited out what really happened to turn that film into a turd. I named names, and actions, and the corruption…ugh…you have no idea.

    Anyway. Thanks for being fair which is all I can ever ask. I will keep trying to make a film that you’ll like or at least tolerate. I have high hopes for “Road to Hell”. Its got GREAT acting, beautiful dames and rock n’ roll. Give it a chance…er…give me another chance.

    My best to you all! Thanks for the patience with me.
    Albert

  17. August 12, 2008 7:21 pm

    Joe

    Hello Al, I am probably one of the most fanatic followers of yours. I think you have a very unique talent/style/ambience to your directing. An Albert Pyun film is almost instantly recognizabl and unusual. Those are some things that seperate you and god bless you for taking risks most others wouldn’t.

    Good luck on any future project, I’ll always be waiting for another Alber Pyun film.

  18. August 13, 2008 1:17 am

    Robert

    I actually enjoyed several Albert Pyun films which others reviled such as Adrenalin, Crazy Six, Omega Doom, and Knights. I absolutely love the ambience of these films not to mention the changing pace and atmospheric elements.

    Why would everyone desire for every film to be reminiscient of eachother with only nuanced differences? Pyun films such as Knights and Omega Doom while inluenced by others have enough strange individuality to set them apart regardless of their artistic value. They should, along with Deceit, be seen as more an experience than a cogent, or mainstreamed film. Does anyone really think that Deceit should be reviewed as you would Titanic?

    If you are looking for orthadoxy, look somewhere else. There are more than enough Albert Pyun fans out here. I loved Invasion, Left for Dead, Mean Guns, Nemesis films, Cyborg, and eagerly awaiting Bulletface! Keep it up Mr. Pyun.

  19. August 13, 2008 8:27 am

    Bryan White

    I’ve only seen the first Nemesis movie and I actually liked it quite a bit. The sweet cyberpunk art on the box is best draw for sci-fi fans and while it’s schlocky, it’s a good kind of schlocky.

  20. August 13, 2008 10:45 am

    Russell Johnson

    “Why would everyone desire for every film to be reminiscient of eachother with only nuanced differences?”

    I don’t think everyone desires that; I actually spend a lot of time looking for unusual films. I still want them to be an enjoyable experience. When you get down to it, opinions on films are just opinions. If you like these films that’s good, some of them just didn’t work for me.

    I have finished watching Left for Dead, and I have to agree that it’s almost more of an experience than a film. In the end I kind of liked it even though I don’t think I can recommend it to most people or call it a good movie. It’s definitely a unique film and I’ll have a review of it up on my site in the coming days.

    And once again, I’d like to say I think it’s very decent of Albert to drop by. Even if I’m not a fan of all his movies, he seems like a nice guy who puts his heart into his work. I’d rather see one of his unusual concept films that don’t work for me than see another crappy Hollywood remake or a Sci-Fi original. I’ll be checking out “Road to Hell” and “Bulletface” when they come out.

  21. August 14, 2008 10:52 pm

    Albert Pyun

    Hi All:

    Thanks for each comment good and bad. I made a conscious choice to make films I wanted to see and that’s not always worked out. Either I miscalculated, overreached on insufficient budget or simply had the film taken away and it was bastardized (Ticker, Adrenalin — by Bob Weinstein, Nemesis, Ravenhawk , Captain America and on and on). I like to think I maintained some integrity by walking off the films but in hindsight it wasnt really fair to the viewer. They were left with a mess and had to pay for it. Since 2005 I’ve only done films I totally controlled so my budgets shrunk. But I think the films I’ve done since reflect, even with the mini budgets, a better and clearer vision. They won’t be for all tastes but I honestly make films that I feel and not what will sell or be accepted. When I was growing up in the 60′s, a great many experimental films and genre breaking styles erupted and each weekend was a film going adventure. I’ve always tried to reflect that influence.

    Anyway, hope you’ll lke “Road to Hell” and “Bulletface”…and it”s on to my sword and sorcery adventure, “Tales of an Ancient Empire”. Look for it in March 2009.

    Thanks to all for putting up with my good, my bad, and a lot of ugly,
    Albert

  22. September 16, 2008 9:45 am

    kieran

    cant wait for Mean Guns 2 Albert.

  23. September 21, 2008 10:48 am

    Island Girl

    Albert Pyun is a scam artist. What, we’re suppose to be impressed that Pyun takes the time to come on these sites and “talk to the fans.”

    Hogwash! Pyun talks out of both sides of his mouth. Anything to get one of his lame films made. Check “Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon.” He robbed all of us on Guam to get that scam film made and has the guy even said he’s sorry to any of us. No, of course not.

    Now wait for Pyun to come on here and post a reply about how it wasn’t his fault, it was all the producers fault, etc., etc. Producer John Laing and Albert Pyun lied to everyone they met on Guam to get “Max Havoc” made.

    How is it you sleep at night Pyun? Wait, don’t tell me: You sleep soundly.

    I’m sure you do.

  24. September 25, 2008 6:57 pm

    CLAB

    Albert Pyun has made some visually impressive films. I watched Radioactive Dreams recently, downloading a VHSrip and damn, as cheap as it might be and however lame I found the story… it looked cool. I’ve trying to get hold of his movies. Ever since I watched Mean Guns, which was amazing, and Omega Doom that was strangely luring, Cyborg was stunning (even more knowing now how it came to be), Blast was quite good for a Die Hard-alike, Adrenalin was a thrill, and Nemesis stunned me. I had the chance to watch Left For Dead, which was shot in my country, and while it was slow and melodramatic, it looked quite good.

    He made some failures with Ticker (boring!) and Max Havoc (which wasn’t bad per se but… it was an average ninja flick with some lame scenes). but overall, the guy knows how to make a visually-stunning movie.

    Now, an interesting trend in him… he transitioned from rising actors (Lee Horsley, Michael Dudikoff) to kickboxers (Van Damme, Olivier Gruner) to bodybuilders (Sue Price, Rachel McLish) to past-their-prime actors (Christopher Lambert, Rutger Hauer, Steven Seagal). Now he seems back into rising actors (that didn’t sound too good…).

    Can’t wait for Tales and I hope to learn where exactly in BA it will be shot.

  25. January 23, 2010 3:01 pm

    linden

    Albert Pyun said in a post above:

    Hi All,

    Russell is right. When they suck (and I’ll be the first to admit some do) the films and filmmakers should be strung up and whipped (verbally of course).

    [ALL of your film suck, Albert Pyun. And I bet you suck as a human being, also]

    It’s not easy where I toil [stealing money from Guam. Yeah, that must be tough]
    but do feel very fortunate that I’ve been given the opportunity to make films. [By looking the citizens of Guam in their face, and bold-face lying. That's a quality that makes you suck as a human being] If you check around you’ll find out that I’m known for walking off many films and I am considered a very difficult filmmaker for studios to to work with. [No one cares, Albert.] Every film I make features a battle. The real problem is the really shit films I’ve made like Ticker tend to make buckets of money and the ones I think are decent get buried. [Dream on.]

    Such is life.

    My commentary on Ticker was heavily edited. I was told it wouldn’t be and thats why I agreed to do the commentary. [It's called karma, Albert. The people of Guam were told a million things by you. All lies. That's why they gave you and your shady producer a loan co-sign.] But they edited out what really happened to turn that film into a turd. [Everything you touch turns into a turd. In fact, you are a turd] I named names, and actions, and the corruption…ugh…you have no idea. [We do on Guam. On 6/29/10 there will be a fraud trial here regarding your film MAX HAVOC: CURSE OF THE DRAGON. Names will be named. Talk about corruption. You know all about that, don't you?]

    Anyway. Thanks for being fair which is all I can ever ask. [It's all we ever asked of you. And what did we get. Your fucking lies] I will keep trying to make a film that you’ll like or at least tolerate. [Dumb-ass. Why would anyone want to "tolerate" a film? Much less your films?] I have high hopes for “Road to Hell”. [Blah, blah, blah] Its got GREAT acting, beautiful dames and rock n’ roll. [Your films suck, so will this one.] Give it a chance…er…give me another chance. [Please do come back to Guam. We'll show you what "another chance" means.]

    My best to you all! Thanks for the patience with me.
    Albert

    [Fuck you]

  26. January 23, 2010 8:31 pm

    Bryan White

    I have no idea what any of this means but it sounds pretty heavy. Care to elaborate?


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