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A princess is on a quest to unite the five greatest warriors to save her kingdom from a demon sorceress. | Add synopsis »
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Kevin Sorbo ... Aedan

Matthew Willig ... Giant Iberian

Ralf Moeller ... General Hafez

Sasha Mitchell ... Rodrigo

Whitney Able ... Xia

Inbar Lavi ... Alana

Melissa Ordway ... Princess Tanis

Michael Paré ... Oda

Jennifer Siebel Newsom ... Queen Ma'at

Olivier Gruner ... Corsair Duguay
Lee Horsley ... The Stranger

Scott Paulin ... Tou-Bou Bardo

Janelle Marra ... Rajan (as Janelle Taylor)

Sarah Ann Schultz ... Malia

Norbert Weisser ... Xuxia
Morgan Weisser ... Captain Avel

Victoria Maurette ... Kara

Stephanie Katz ... Barmaid

Xavier Declie ... Dernier

Shannon Garnett ... Mongolian Warrior

Mariela Navarro ... Lenor

Mahta Sharif ... Barmaid

Leena Kurishingal ... Attendant
Michael Bayouth ... Tavern Brigand
Cazzy Golomb ... Hekate
Carol Shook ... Middle Eastern Woman
Allexa D'Alessio ... Sunita
Eva Card ... Ki-Lin

Franco Carlotto ... Captain Farid
Trudi Forristal ... Elizabeth
Mathew Cape ... Verdugo
Jessica Delgado ... Levana
Anna Van Sambeck ... Vampire Girl
Keith Bass ... Benevolent Thug

Dallas Ryan ... Viking
Zackary Morad ... Berber
Lauren Sutherland ... Toothless Whore
Nicholas Middlekauff ... Bardu

Eddie Davenport ... Queens Guard (uncredited)
Slim Khezri ... Trader (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Pyun 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cynthia Curnan 

Produced by
Glen Berry .... consulting producer
Nicholas Celozzi .... producer
Benjamin Thomas Cowley .... associate producer
Christopher Curnan .... co-producer
Cynthia Curnan .... producer
Jeffrey D'Alessio .... executive producer
Kipp Downing .... executive producer
Glen Hartford .... executive producer
Sazzy Lee Calhoun .... line producer
Sazzy Lee Calhoun .... producer
Daniel Toll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Anthony Riparetti 
Cinematography by
Philip Alan Waters 
Film Editing by
David Lamb 
Casting by
Jeffery Passero 
Production Design by
James Terry Welden 
Set Decoration by
Anne Anderson 
Costume Design by
Glenda Maddox 
Makeup Department
Nicole Alkire .... key hair stylist
Heather Ford .... key makeup artist
Leah Herzberg .... makeup artist
Allie Newman .... assistant makeup artist (as Allie Goodnoe)
Debra Weite .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joe Baile .... unit production manager
Benjamin Thomas Cowley .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Ray .... unit production manager
Ric Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sazzy Lee Calhoun .... first assistant director
Lorena Leon .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Elko .... set dresser
Lorne Grant .... property master
Kami Laprade .... assistant property master
Joel Meherin .... art director: second unit
Rick Welden .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Nick Barnett .... sound
Mark Casselman .... dialogue editor
Mark Casselman .... dialogue mixer
Hoku Curnan .... sound effects editor
Michael J. Fox .... additional sound designer (as Michael Fox)
Michael J. Fox .... sound effects editor (as Michael Fox)
Michael J. Fox .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Maebe .... additional sound designer
Matt McGowin .... boom operator (as Matthew McGowan)
Matt McGowin .... boom operator
Anthony Riparetti .... sound designer
Anthony Riparetti .... sound effects editor
Anthony Riparetti .... sound re-recording mixer
Eugene Shane .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Steve Corwin .... teeth technician
Visual Effects by
Adam Benson .... visual effects
Benjamin Thomas Cowley .... visual effects supervisor
Hoku Curnan .... 2d visual effects artist
Jonathan Heaney .... visual effects
Ikuo Saito .... visual effects supervisor
Ikuo Saito .... visual effects
Ruggero Tomasino .... visual effects
Simone Bargetze .... stunt double: horse stunts
Alex Bush .... sword master: second unit
Ilram Choi .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Davenport .... stunts
Marie Fink .... stunt double: Whitney Able
Adam Hart .... stunt double: Kevin Sorbo
Luke LaFontaine .... sword master
Cassandra McCormick .... stunt double
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt double
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt double: Inbar Avi
Tania L. Pearson .... stunt double: Mariela Navarro
Trampas Thompson .... sword fight coordinator
Alicia Vela-Bailey .... stunt double: Melissa Ordway and Jennifer Siebel
Garrett Warren .... stunt consultant
Morgan Williams .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Baile .... director of photography: second unit
Ted Caloroso .... director of photography: second unit
Henry Dhuy .... best boy electric
Zakk Eginton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Inho Kim .... electrician
Charles R. Mathews .... best boy grip
Mark Moore .... gaffer
Tiffany Nathanson .... first assistant camera
Jay Nefcy .... digital imaging technician
Randy Newman .... grip
Daniel Ray .... behind-the-scenes camera
Michele K. Short .... still photographer
Jeff Siljenberg .... lighting (as Jeffrey Siljenberg)
Michael A. Tushaus .... second unit: grip/electrical
Wilson Weaver .... crane operator
Wilson Weaver .... dolly grip
Jason Wheeler .... key grip
Casting Department
Carmen Betancourt .... extras casting
James P. Driscoll .... extras casting
Jeffery Passero .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Burke .... assistant costume designer
Lisa Burke .... head pattern maker
Karen Cornejo .... second unit: wardrobe
Editorial Department
Hoku Curnan .... co-editor
Daniel Ray .... trailer editor
Keith Roush .... digital colorist
Music Department
Zach Tow .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kelli Kaye .... production coordinator
Charmaine Kuhn .... production assistant
Sue McGraw .... production accountant (as Crystal 'Sue' McGraw)
Jordan Nefouse .... production assistant
Daniel Ray .... behind-the-scenes documentary
Josh Staman .... production assistant
Matt Timm .... translation services
Julie Zamil .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Tales of an Ancient Empire" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for some violence and nudity
86 min
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47 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Artsy attempt at genre movie, 30 November 2010
Author: Angela Ninja from Australia

First, I must point out that my brain did not turn into a pool of blood, my eyes did not fall out their sockets and I did make it through the entire movie.

The best news is that is far superior to Jonas Hex, Melissa Ordway is much hotter than Megan Fox and Kevin Sorbo is, well, Mr Sorbo at his very best.

Bad news is there wasn't really enough money it seems to deliver a consistent fantasy. Effects are quite rough and exteriors and action are minimal.

As if it were based on a play, most of Tales takes place inside the walls of a palace or tavern. The film surrendered its genre advantage of action fantasy, and tried to compensate with a clever but talky script.

The film is about a family, both human and vampire. The bastards of a philandering warrior.

Each of his kids harbors issues of abandonment. Princess Tanis (gorgeous Melissa Ordway) learns she is not the King's daughter at the outset of the movie. The movie is essentially her quest to find her "true" Father who is the one man that can ave the kingdom. Along the way, she meets her half brothers and sisters like Aedan (a devilishly excellent Kevin Sorbo), Rajan (a colorful ex-assassin, now innkeeper and mother, played well by Janelle Taylor), and Alana (Rajan's daughter, played with feisty fun by Inbar Lavi). There is fun in watching the Princess meet up with each sibling and learning a bit more about dear ol' dad at each encounter.

All align to stop a vampire sorceress (Whitney Able). Able does great work here even though she struggles to speak with the fangs in her mouth and is given only a handful of scenes. She adds unexpected depth and pathos for a fantasy villain. Its really quite a powerful performance that grounds the plot.

Tales should be praised for its unconventional plot and for its dialogue, which is loaded with eloquent and humor. Whether even estranged family members would say such things to each other is a different matter but it adds spark to the stage bound movie. The interiors, while many, are well shot and the design of the movie, while sparse are well done.

When this film is criticized for resembling a stage play, this is what is meant; the story is expressed almost entirely through dialogue rather than cinematography.

It's a movie concerning intrigue and the search for self more than high adventure and killing of creatures(although that's promised in the sequel)

It had been 28 years since the similar (and superior)The Sword and the Sorcerer, but Tales stands out as a artistic indy style production of Prince of Persia. Where dialogue and character nuance replace epic armies and visual effects. Its a bold idea that works.

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