In Thrace, Arion is taken from his mother Demeter by the god Hades. In the Underworld, Arion is trained to be a warrior. His training is driven by revenge: Arion was told that his mother's blindness was caused by Zeus and Zeus' death will remove the curse. Finally, Arion and Geedo (a huge ape-like creature who had become Arion's friend and companion) left the Underworld to find Zeus. Seneca, a small thief, makes off with Arion's sword and this leads Arion to his first encounter with the forces of Zeus, commanded by his daughter Athena. Arion is captured but is later set free by Lesfeena, Athena's mute serving girl. As Arion rejoins Geedo and Seneca (and worries about Lesfeena), the forces of Zeus and Poseidon face each other in battle. In the background sits the scheming Hades, and the calm Apollon who seems to have plans of his own.
Hey, Remember "Clash of the Titans", that silly Sword-and-Sandals action adventure fantasy movie from the 80s? Y'know the one. On the surface it was about how Perseus was a badass hero, but underneath, it was about how the Gods of Olympus were a bunch of sociopathically spoiled douchebags?
Remember how they made a grim and mean-spirited remake where the angry anti-theist "Gods are Douchebags" message was right on the surface?
Now, Meet "Neo Heroic Fantasia Arion", a grim and mean-spirited Sword-and-Sandals action adventure fantasy movie from the 80s that is about how the Gods of Olympus were a bunch of sociopathically spoiled douchebags?
Sure, you'd expect Ares (the God of War) to be a prick, but so is Apollo. In Greek Myth, Apollo was the God of Truth and Light, and he's was supposed to be the most decent, upstanding, honest and even one of the most enlightened of the Gods.
Not so in "Neo Heroic Fantasia Arion"....in this movie, he's a callous, selfish dickbag. A Bishounen asshat you'll love to hate for his Oh-so-punchable face.
Also, incest. Yeah....incest.
So, anyhow, interesting movie.
Fun action flick with crazy villains. The Gods are jackoffs and they all get what they deserve.
(Note: This movie is waaaay out of print, and what I reviewed was a fansub with very, VERY sketchy subtitles. The story rating is probably lower that it would be if I could understand the plot better.) read more