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Cyborg (1989)

Written by Kitty Chalmers and Daniel Hubbard-Smith, and directed by Albert Pyun, Cyborg is an American martial-arts cyberpunk film which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Gibson Rickenbacker – a mercenary who battles a group of murderous marauders led by Fender Tremolo (Vincent Klyn) along the East coast of the United States in a post-apocalyptic future.

The film is known as the first film in what became known as Albert Pyun’s Cyborg Trilogy. It was followed by 1993’s Knights and Omega Doom in 1997. The Cyborg franchise would itself continue with two further sequels:  Cyborg 2 and Cyborg 3: The Recycler.

As the film opens a plague known as “the living death” destroys civilization. A small group of surviving scientists and doctors — located in Atlanta,Georgia, home of the CDC — work on a cure to save what remains of humanity. To complete their work they need information stored on a computer system in New York City. Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon) volunteers for the dangerous courier mission and is made into a cyborg through surgical augmentation.

Pearl, accompanied by bodyguard Marshall Strat (Alex Daniels), retrieves the data in New York but is pursued by the vicious Fender Tremolo and his gang of pirates. Fender wants the cure so he can have a monopoly on its production. Strat, badly injured while fighting the pirates, tells Pearl to leave him and find a mercenary, known as a “slinger”, who can escort her to safety. She gets cornered but is saved by a slinger named Gibson Rickenbacker. After she explains her situation, they are overrun by Fender’s gang, and Gibson is knocked out by falling debris. Fender demands that she accompany him to Atlanta or die…

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