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Cast

 

Inbar Lavi ... Alana

Kevin Sorbo ... Aedan

Matthew Willig ... Giant Iberian

Michael Paré ... Oda

Melissa Ordway ... Princess Tanis

Sasha Mitchell ... Rodrigo

Whitney Able ... Xia

Ralf Moeller ... General Hafez

Olivier Gruner ... Corsair Duguay

Jennifer Siebel Newsom ... Queen Ma'at
Lee Horsley ... The Stranger

Scott Paulin ... Tou-Bou Bardo

Norbert Weisser ... Xuxia

Sarah Ann Schultz ... Malia

Janelle Marra ... Rajan (as Janelle Taylor)
Morgan Weisser ... Captain Avel

Cazzy Golomb ... Hekate

Victoria Maurette ... Kara

Stephanie Katz ... Barmaid
Eva Card ... Ki-Lin
Shannon Garnett ... Mongolian Warrior

Xavier Declie ... Dernier

Leena Kurishingal ... Attendant
Trudi Forristal ... Elizabeth
Mathew Cape ... Verdugo
Lauren Sutherland ... Toothless Whore

Franco Carlotto ... Captain Farid

Mahta Sharif ... Barmaid
Allexa D'Alessio ... Sunita
Michael Bayouth ... Tavern Brigand
Anna Van Sambeck ... Vampire Girl
Carol Shook ... Middle Eastern Woman

Dallas Ryan ... Viking
Mariela Navarro ... Lenor
Keith Bass ... Benevolent Thug
Jessica Delgado ... Levana
Zackary Morad ... Berber
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)
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
 
Stunts
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
Jordan Nefouse .... production assistant
Daniel Ray .... behind-the-scenes documentary
Josh Staman .... production assistant
Matt Timm .... translation services
 
Thanks
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
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86 min
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Aedan:What? Go weep to the gods!
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74 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Solid Effort but undone by ending, 24 November 2010
Author: molsenaliegh from North Carolina, United States

More accurate title for this film might have been TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE: PART ONE. Those expecting a typical sword and sorcery adventure, featuring many sword fights and sorcery action, dungeons - all that stuff - will be sorely disappointed. Instead we get an ungainly amalgam of the HBO series Rome, with its complex intrigues and characters and Magnificent Seven with its banding and bonding of iconic types for a good cause. Kevin Sorbo fans will not be disappointed as the former Hercules star is at the top of his heroic humorous game. Indeed he is the best aspect of this low budget epic. Without giving away too much, its the story of a dysfunctional family. In its lower class way, a adventure fantasy Lion in the Winter with five bastard children seeking dear old Father and clearly his acceptance and approval. The core story is a legendary mercenary warrior impregnated a number of wenches, evil sorceress vampires, Queens and common village women, in his years of adventuring. Then after bedding them, he moved on to further adventures and conquests. Its not that unbelievable that it probably happened often back in medieval times. Left behind were his children, all wounded and damaged. When we meet each, its clear they are struggling to reach a peace with the abandonment, but its doomed each to shady lives as thieves, whores and essentially losers. The conceit of this movie is that a Princess (Melissa Ordway) needs to find her Father because it was he who saved the kingdom years earlier. She is the love child of this mercenary warrior and the Queen of a kingdom called Abelar. Her quest to find him, brings her into contact with her half brothers and sisters. They need to find Father not just to win back Abelar but, most importantly, to heal their wounds of abandonment. The biggest stretch is the film's primary villain, a sexy vampire sorceress (Whitney Able) was also seduced by the mercenary warrior and produced a child called Kara (Victoria Maurette), who Xia had surrendered her baby, when she was reduced to dust years earlier by this mercenary. Its a bit convolute but easy to track. Kara somehow becomes part of the Queen's court by the time she's a young adult and the movie tracks her quest to become who she really is, child of a vampire. She's chosen to shadow the Princess and to learn where her Father is. For the most part, the film works really well. Ordway is a good Princess, Maurette is a superb Kara, and the action there is are as good as you would expect from the man behind Cyborg and Nemesis There is also a deft comedic touch in the right places – Kevin Sorbo and the other siblings make sure of that - and the gentle laughs are spaced well between the questing. So why is this only a 6 rated film? The problem lies in the bigger story around the bastard kids, which attempts to make their Father a larger than life mythical warrior. The issue is we never get to SEE him. Oh, we hear him (not too good voice actor) and see his hooded shape but never the man himself. He's a total cipher and therein lies the biggest failing of the film. It leads to big expectations of finding Father, then once found, it leads to a great reveal of this great warrior, but the film simply ENDS. Tales of an Ancient Empire gets bogged down repeatedly in its exploration and reveal of the dense back story which initially works in context at first, but soon becomes a millstone around the movie's neck as the characters are forced to talk about Father's legend rather than see his exploits play out. Even this would have been forgivable if not for the ending, which pushes all the wrong buttons in its attempt to be an iconic grand finale and effectively undoes much of the movie's good work. The weak visual effects does the film no favors either. With its limited budget, Tales of an Ancient Empire looks great but this is not the gritty sword and sorcery adventure that many had hoped for - in fact, it hardly even counts as a sequel to the director's The Sword and the Sorcerer. What it does have is a dense, but compelling narrative, a visually inventive style and great bits of acting from the attractive cast. Able, Ordway and Maurette might be a touch too earnest in their performances but they give the film an underlying emotional depth not usually seen in this genre. Both are, of course, gorgeous to look at. Its just too bad it doesn't end with a proper climatic battle.

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