Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion
|Ator 2-L'invincibile Orion|
One-sheet for The Blade Master
|Directed by||Joe D'Amato|
|Produced by||John Newman|
|Screenplay by||Joe D'Amato|
|Edited by||David Framer|
Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion (English title: The Blade Master) is a film directed by Joe D'Amato. It stars Miles O'Keeffe as Ator, Charles Borromel as Akronos, Lisa Foster as Mila, the daughter of Akronos, and David Brandon as Zor.
Akronos has discovered the Geometric Nucleus during the course of his research. The Nucleus is a device of incredible power that could be a terrible weapon. Akronos feels that the Nucleus must be kept from evil men at all costs. When he learns that the evil Zor and his army are approaching his castle, he asks his daughter Mila to bring his former student Ator back to help defeat Zor. Mila runs away to find Ator. Zor's soldiers enter and begin beating Akronos, but Zor angrily sends them away to maintain the image of a man who would only use violence if needed.
Mila is pursued by Zor's soldiers, and is wounded by them, but continues to stagger towards Ator's home. At last she arrives, and Ator uses his medical knowledge to heal her wound. She then is able to convince him she is the daughter of Akronos, and that her father is in terrible danger.
Mila, Ator, and Ator's Asian assistant Thong begin the journey back to Akronos' castle, facing a variety of dangers along the way, including a group of cannibals, another group determined to sacrifice them to their god — which is a huge snake — and other soldiers.
Finally they make it back to the castle. While Mila and Thong sneak in the back way, Ator uses his knowledge of flight to quickly make a hang glider, which he flies over the castle, dropping bombs on Zor's soldiers. Having defeated most of Zor's forces, Ator takes on Zor himself and defeats him. Akronos convinces Ator to let Zor live to face trial, but when Ator steps away, Zor grabs a sword to threaten Ator, and Zor is killed by Thong.
Afterwards, Akronos gives the Geometric Nucleus to Ator. Ator tells Mila he has to leave, that his life is too dangerous to share with her. Mila says that she knows Ator must fight evil where ever it occurs. Ator leaves Thong behind to help take care of Mila and Akronos, and leaves. He takes the Nucleus to a distant land, where he destroys it in a massive nuclear detonation.
- Miles O'Keeffe as Ator
- Lisa Foster as Mila
- Charles Borromel as Akronos
- Chen Wong as Thong, Ator's teacher
- David Brandon (credited as David Cain Haughton) as Zor
- Nancy Hall as 1st maiden
- Linette Ray as 2nd maiden
- Sandra Carle as Old woman
- Osiride Peverello as Sadur
- Nello Pazzafini as Warrior captain
- Salvatore Baccaro as Caveman
In early 1983, a few months after Ator, the Fighting Eagle, which was a commercial success, Joe D'Amato embarked on a new project, casting Miles O'Keefe again as the lead and Lisa Foster as his partner. D'Amato and scriptwriter José Maria Sanchez, who had already worked on the first Ator film, prepared a prehistoric film in the vein of the successful French film Quest for Fire (1981). The working title was Adamo ed Eva. According to D'Amato, when everything was ready for the shoot and rehearsals had already begun, Miles O'Keefe backed out for religious and moral reasons. Since he could in no way be convinced to play the role, Adamo ed Eva was transformed into Ator 2 instead.
The film was made quickly and without a completed script and includes footage from the first Ator film in the form of flashbacks.
According to Kinnard & Crnkovich, the film was released in Italy on December 16, 1982, while Michele Giordano states that filming only began in early 1983 and both Michele Giordano and Roberto Poppi maintain that the film was never theatrically released in Italy. On VHS, it was released by Eureka Video as Ator l'invincibile, which is the cinematic title of the first part.
Ator 2 was released in the United States as The Blade Master on February 15, 1984 with a 92 minute running time. The film was shown on American television under the title The Cave Dwellers, a version of the film that included footage from the film Taur the Mighty.
The film has also been released under the titles Ator the Invincible (Great Britain), Ator II - Der Unbesiegbare (Germany), and both Ator, el invencible and Ator 2, el invencible (Spain).
Reception and legacy
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- Poppi 2000, p. 54.
- Giordano 1998, p. 142.
- Smith 1995, p. 27.
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- Giordano, Michele (1998). Giganti buoni: da Ercole a Piedone (e oltre) il mito dell'uomo forte nel cinema italiano. Gremese Editore.
- Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.
- Poppi, Roberto (2000). Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film dal 1980 al 1989. Vol.5, tomo 1, A-L. Gremese Editore.