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Rated PG-13
Copyright 1998 Blade LLC.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Buddy - Rock and roll warrior who carries his katana and six-string guitar everywhere. Battling his way to Vegas to claim the throne, mortally wounded by Death.
  • The Kid - Orphan after mom gets killed, starts tagging along after Buddy.
  • The Red Elvis' (Elvises? What is the plural of "Elvis" anyway?) - Minions of Death, a Russian rock band. Slain by their master for failing to kill Buddy. (Actual band who did the soundtrack by the way.)
  • The Pin Pals - Three evil bowlers who use knives concealed in pins, hacked up by Buddy.
  • The Windmill People - Freaks! They live under the windmill fields and wear either makeshift spacesuits (The air tanks are made from water coolers!) or strips of rubber. Their god is a talking flashlight who has quite a few less followers after Buddy shows up.
  • Cavemen - Bunch of Neanderthals driving a pickup truck. Turned into hairy sushi by Buddy.
  • The Russian Army - Laying siege to Lost Vegas, Buddy sends them to the great Lenin convention in the sky.
  • Three Evil Archers - Henchmen to Death, they often finish each other's sentences.
  • Death - Evil incarnate, he wishes to kill the other challengers and claim Elvis' throne for himself. Dissolves after "The Kid" throws water on him.

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The Plot: 

Oh are you going to love this! "The Wizard of Oz" meets "Highlander" after the apocalypse, now there's an idea you don't see every day.

In the movie's alternate reality Russia nuked the U.S. in 1957 and then invaded, Lost Vegas is the last bastion of freedom and Elvis is the king. After four decades he passes on and every warrior/musician hears the call. They must journey to Lost Vegas where one shall be crowned king. Unfortunately Death wants the throne for himself so the trail is fraught with peril.

Into this amazing script we drop Buddy, the most powerful rockin' samurai out there. On the way to his new gig (the crown) he saves "The Kid" - so the little bugger starts tagging along. Together they battle hordes of weirdos and struggle to avoid Death.

Death is one annoyed heavy metal guy and with his three henchmen the reaper is killing every other challenger. Buddy might be the only one powerful enough to deny him the crown. Prepare yourself for hordes of crazy fight scenes, Buddy (Holly?) cracks skulls with his guitar, dices with his katana, and is deadly in hand to hand. His attack on the Russian Army is breathtaking, including the Soviet "ninja" who knows "Tiger Style." (Hehehehe!)

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • If someone draws a line in the sand you may legally ignore said challenge by filling it in.
  • Dirty Harry and gasoline don't mix.
  • Jawbreakers and gumballs hurt when fired from a catapult.
  • Slash (From Guns 'n Roses.) is actually Death.
  • Pink golfballs are deadly, especially for midgets.
  • A rachet can fix anything wrong with a car.
  • Girls: If you want a guy, stick your gum to his glasses.
  • Getting smacked upside the head with a guitar sucks.
  • Spanish Moss is native to deserts.
  • Communists hate rock and roll.
  • Vegas looks just like the Emerald City.
  • Death is water soluble.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Stock nuclear test footage, hello apocalypse.
  • 12 mins - Hey, the gas pump is leaking...
  • 16 mins - Screw it, just run after him. They are, cool!
  • 33 mins - Hey kid, shut up.
  • 38 mins - A midget!
  • 55 mins - That kid just screamed "Spinach Monster!" with a straight face. It's Oscar time!
  • 60 mins - You are "The Kid" not "The Karate Kid."
  • 66 mins - So that's how you say, "You're screwed." in Russian.
  • 67 mins - That guy didn't even get touched and he fell over.


  • Buddy: "Now, where can I get a real drink?"
    Midget: "Follow the yellow brick road homey." (How does one spell that anyway?)

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note sixstringsam1.wav The radio disc jockey who sounds like "The Wolfman."
Green Music Note sixstringsam2.wav Pin Pal: "Nice tuxedo...nice tuxedo to die in!"
Green Music Note sixstringsam3.wav Some Guy: "Hey, they say you can kill over two hundred men, and play a mean six-string at the same time."
Green Music Note sixstringsam4.wav Buddy: "Who are you?"
Death: "Death."
Buddy: "Cool."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipsixstringsam1.mpg - 2.8m
Buddy commences stomping a hole in the Russian Army's butt when the refuse to let him into Lost Vegas territory. It is just an excuse for massive slicing and dicing really.

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Six-String Samurai
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Zombie Woof
This is the coolest movie since Repo Man back in the 80's. I stumbled on to it last night on Showtime and purchased the DVD this afternoon.

If you like Martial Arts/Road Warrior/Highlander meets rock-n-roll type motion pictures, this is the movie for you. The soundtrack is perfect and the movie does not have a dull moment! Six String is the best surprise of a movie since I stumbled on to Drop Dead Gorgeous

**** out of **** stars!
Six-String Samurai
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by keiper
I loved this film from the first moment that I saw it...I also loved the hidden metaphor for the history of rock and roll. Watch the movie again and see if you can pick out the different phases of rock and roll. Hint...the spacemen are references to David Bowie...the four horsemen of the Apocalypse? Just as easy.

Six-String Samurai
Reply #19. Posted on June 14, 2002, 04:56:22 PM by
The plural of Elvis is Los Vises
Six-String Samurai
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tarion
I absolutely loved the movie.  Even though some of the camera effects and script was a bit hokey it's still great.

I tried to get my friends to watch it...but as Wont points out...they apperantly don't have any souls.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Karl
The band is the "Red Elvises".  They are the "Pin Pals", because they bowl.  It's spelt "homie".  Anyways, this movie was one of the best movies I've ever seen, "B" movie or big name.  The cinematography is really really really great.  This movie has won several awards too.  The fights, the lines, that annoying kid, this movie is awesome.  And they wear nice shoes, too.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by MessiahMan
Man, this movie is magnificent!  Marvellous artsy directoin (without being a truly artsy film...yay!) SUPERB soundtrack that gets your toe tappin, and rounds out the slow parts in the movie (and often times the reason the flick goes into my dvd player!  Can't get enough!)  Although what in teh heck is up with the windmill people's deity?  Strange s**t!  Anyway, it definitely earned it's four slime rating!
Six-String Samurai
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by MessiahMan
One interesting thing I noticed while rewatching this film today..."the kid"'s name id David.  In the very beginning, the mother is screaming it before she gets the arrow to the back.  If you have the DVD, turn on the subtitles.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by One Who Knows
I have it on authority that The Kid is never named in the film.  Contrary to the poster who said his name is David, that notion is based on an error that the subtitle people made.  Having no script to work from, they made a lot of guesses and got quite a bit wrong.  The mother is shouting "Baby", not "David".  For a complete list of Six-String Samurai subtitle errors, see
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