Fueled by a ruthless ambition, King Titus Cromwell and his men land ashore of Tomb Island in search of Xusia of Delos, a long-dead sorcerer. With Xusia’s black magic at his command, Cromwell easily lays waste to his rival’s King Richard’s formidable army. Eventually,Cromwell tries to get rid of Xusia, but Richard seizes the opportunity and pushes Cromwell and his people of Ehdan to the brink of annihilation. Cromwell entrusts his youngest son Talon with his triple-bladed projectile sword to use for revenge in the event of his death. Eleven years later, Talon becomes a mercenary, but he discovers his royal heritage when he is recruited to help a princess interfere with the plans of those who still seek to conquer their lands.
THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER received initially poor-to-mixed reviews when released in 1982, but it has developed a cult following and went onto become a box office success and even inspired a “sequel in spirit” in TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE (2012). It is an enduring combination of classic medieval fantasy as its name suggests and yet graced with a rugged joy and wholesome spirit that is quintessentially 1980s low-budget independent filmmaking. HIFF is proud and delighted to feature legendary B-movie director Albert Pyun’s arguably best work.
HIFF is proud to honor Albert Pyun as this year’s Filmmaker In Focus, presenting a selected retrospective of his work. There will be a special post-screening discussion with Albert after the screening on SAT NOV 6.