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SIX-STRING SAMURAI - 3 Slimes
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.

Buy It!

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...
  • 13 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CAVEMAN!
  • 16 mins - Screw it, just run after him. They are, cool!
  • 33 mins - Hey kid, shut up.
  • 38 mins - A midget!
  • 42 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A NETHEAD!
  • 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.

Quotes: 

  • 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 

FileDialog
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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Stalindead
"Six-String Samurai" is an awesome postmodern combo of American and Russian kitch.

You should never take this film seriously.
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #34. Posted on August 02, 2007, 12:43:07 AM by 2nd-String Samurai
Spooler: Over at Aint it Cool News, in a post listed back in 1998, Mugia the director of SSS said that the SSS movie was actually episode 3 of a trilogy, and he wanted to make 2 more films showing the back story of Buddy and Elvis' rise to power. 

No details on the Story That Never Was, but Mungia said it was going to have a LOT of bowlers, and soda jerk hitmen.

Keep 'em crossed...sorry your teacher didn't like the film.  I brought it in and MADE my students watch it & do an assignment on it...as an English teacher, I geek out on Literary references ("Look, kids!  Classic hero Quest imagery!") TeddyR

Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #35. Posted on August 06, 2007, 10:19:16 PM by Torgo
I really need to get this movie. Last time I saw it was on VHS and I greatly enjoyed it.  Is it on DVD?   
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #36. Posted on August 06, 2007, 10:53:30 PM by Andrew
I really need to get this movie. Last time I saw it was on VHS and I greatly enjoyed it.  Is it on DVD?   

I purchased this on DVD around 2001 or so and that was my source for the review.  It seems to be readily available.  If you check the top right of any review page, I post a link to the film on Amazon.  Otherwise, you can always go to your favorite online DVD merchant and enter the title.
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #37. Posted on March 28, 2008, 11:12:14 PM by Kim Kardashian

When was this movie out?  I know it was in theathers, because I remember seeing the huge billboard on Sunset Blvd, but I don't remember when!   Anyway I bought it...it took awhile, seems they don't have any in stock, so I pre-paid minded...but I got it right away.    Kudos to the director and Jeffrey Falcon!!  Oh ya who's the kid that looks like Elvis Presley.....it would have been great to see  him feed the KID to the spinach monster!!!!
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #38. Posted on March 29, 2008, 04:48:49 PM by Rev. Powell
It was released in 1998.  I saw it in the theater in Las Vegas, where it played because of the local connection to for about a week .  I think there was one other person in the theater with me when I saw it. 
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #39. Posted on June 07, 2008, 02:51:09 PM by Adrian
Really awesome movie with action-packed scenes.
Re: Six-String Samurai
Reply #40. Posted on September 09, 2009, 08:02:53 PM by AL
Is Vin Diesel one of the Pin Pals?
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