Lost Media Archive

GI JOE movie trailer (extended) 2009

The leaked Canzo Empyrean trailer.

Canzo Empyrean is a 2008 underground movie starring, written, produced, and directed by Justin Fornal. It premiered in Liberia, Haiti, Somalia and Russia in 2008 (spanning 20 or so local cinemas), and has had 1 showing in America in 2009. The third (and allegedly final showing) has not yet been announced, although rumor has it that Fornal has plans to destroy his copies of the film after the third showing, leaving only 4 copies available for viewing: one in Monrovia (Liberia), one in Port Au Prince (Haiti), one in Mogadishu (Somalia) and one in Grozny (Russia).

The film has never been mass-released publicly, although a few bootleg copies are said to have been sold online for upwards of $500.

The film is like a bizarre mix between Joel Schumacher's Batman (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, and Verhoeven's Showgirls, but with a sci-fi dystopian atmosphere (although it's rumored some characters resemble some characters from G.I. Joe), and is set in a futuristic world where everyone has AIDS and sex has been outlawed. Millions of people are suffering and confused, until an organization named Bruxas entered with a miraculous cure for the disease, making an utopian lifestyle based on the hedonism, and with a philosophy of such way made by an ex-porn star who became a Philosophy teacher. However, the things in the northern country aren't well, and a mysterious stranger menaces to destroy the utopia with a drug created by him.

The movie was said to have been 10 years in the making, although these claims are unverified. The bizarre official website[1] for the film contains several hidden clips,[2][3][4] and additionally, a 3 minute trailer was leaked online in 2007.

UPDATE 4/11-15: Last year, a 45-minute compilation of released footage has surfaced on YouTube, courtesy of Joshua Kane.