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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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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

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 #9. Posted on June 09, 2000, 09:41:52 AM by Daniel DiCenso
Man, This movie was so cool!  I got it on video and it's still a joy to watch!  I agree with Dalbychan, this movie is basically an Anime film made live(and done right too!).

Ironically enough, the video is available from Manga video if yer looking for ir.  Manga also distrbutes hard core anime titles like Devilman, Ninja Scroll and recently Perfect Blue.  Rather appropo, ne?
Six-String Samurai
Reply #10. Posted on August 27, 2000, 02:15:41 AM by Daemon Squirrel
Wickedest of wickeds! Six String Samurai ignores plot, acting and coherence to bring more of what you want: One awesome retro rollercoaster ride into the apocalypse! Foregoing the traditional reason of an intense rivalry Death seems to despise Buddy intuitively. Somehow, most likely through Buddy's rock'n'roll-magic aura, Death fears Buddy more than any other contender. Apparently Death's reasons are well founded as Buddy manages to severely thrash several hundred rather disgruntled commies, but finally is defeated by a certain unnamed toddlers stupidity.(p**s Me off!) However lacking in certain key elements, I definitely vote for a sequel. (Think spielberg'd be interested?)
Six-String Samurai
Reply #11. Posted on September 04, 2000, 12:18:27 AM by Jettison Jones
Amazing. If you were to crawl into my mind via my nose, this movie is what you'd see. I too, now, want to tape a katana blade to the back of my 1957 hollow-body guitar and make a pilgrimage to Vegas... maybe I can be King!... as soon as Elvis dies and Russians wipe out the planet. What about that stock footage from New Mexico, eh?!? Never can see enough stock destruction. Why use so much money on special effects to blow up stuff when the world governments do it for free?!? All I can say is... I never saw Elvis take down a Communist battalion. Buddy should be King... for the greater good of mankind. Go see this movie. It will change your life(or deplete you of one).
Six-String Samurai
Reply #12. Posted on September 21, 2000, 04:41:36 AM by ithur
This movie, minus the urchin, was wonderful -- every damn time that kid opened his mouth I found myself yelling "Shut up, Anakin!" at the screen.  It was kind of hard to get past that at times though it was clear that this flick needed an annoying tagalong...I just resented that they had to make the kid more annoying than even the wee man in "It Happened at the World's Fair."

And perhaps the plural of "Elvis" should be "Elvaes"...?
I dunno, ask a Latin student.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #13. Posted on March 02, 2003, 03:48:36 AM by Lan
This is not merely a movie.  It is a state of mind; the sort of movie that adheres to your very soul.  It is a phenomenon, a lone fragment of the universe that fills the special void in all our lives, that being our hungering desire to seek the greatest b-movies of all time.  No where else will you witness clever allusions to the Wizard of Oz, Clint Eastwood films, and the ever present dichotomy between classic rock and heavy metal music all in a period of 2 hours.  There are two groups of human life on this Earth; those who have seen Six-String Samurai, and those who have not.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Spoodle
Six String Samurai is hella-sweet!  The best movie I've seen in years, in my opinion.  I have it on tape, but recorded from HBO on TV.  To hell with screwing around on the net to get a copy of this fine gem!

I can also easily say that the main character, Buddy, is the most bad-assed movie hero I have ever seen in my entire life.  Buddy takes s**t from nobody!  His fight against the Red Army was absolutely brilliant.

The only problem about Six String Samurai I found was that either viewers will LOVE or HATE this movie.  There is no middle ground like "It was OK..." with this movie. I brought my tape to school one day and I was actually threatened with suspension because my homeroom teacher said it was so horrible.  "Turn that garbage off," she said.
Narrow-minded b***h.  Grrrrr....

Finally, I have heard a pretty fantasic rumor going around on the official Six String Samurai message board ( , and others all over the net.  The rumor is that Six String Samurai is actually the final part of a very long story (a trilogy of short tales) written by the director.  Let's all hope so, and keep our fingers crossed.


Six-String Samurai
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The Mad Josher
OK, how many times does Buddy come back from the dead? HOW MANY TIMES? <Snicker> OK, the movie is the logical extention of the theme: "What would happen if kids today were to grow up and rule the world?" I don't know if this would actually happen, but from what I've seen of the teens, it's not far off.  Weird with a capital WE, but fun, nonetheless. Now, what SHOULD happen if you defeat Death? Noone dies, right? So Buddy's alive, just running around naked after making The Boy think he left this world a la Obi-Wan Kenobi. Shebam. Lost Vegas has a new King.
Six-String Samurai
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Murilo
The best film i've seen (hum... lord of the rings...)
The martial arts are some of the best of the movies, not that ridiculous crappy pretending of matrix.
The first "hero" tha that is really badass, with no "female" sides...
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