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Six-String Samurai (1998)

In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai takes a young boy under his protection.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim De Angelo ...
Stephane Gauger ...
Clifford Hugo ...
Oleg Bernov ...
Igor Yuzov ...
Zhenya Kolykhanov ...
George L. Casillas ...
Mariachi / Campfire Cast: Archer (#64)
Avi Sills ...
Monti Ellison ...
Head Pin Pal
Kareem ...
Bowler #2 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#76)
Richard McGuire ...
Cantina owner
Paul Szopa ...
Bowler #3 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#77)
Jefferson Wagner ...
Car Guy (as Zuma Jay)


A mysterious and powerful hero of the classic kind, Buddy is as skilled with his guitar as he is with his samurai sword. Thrown together with a kid whom he saves in a spectacular battle, the two of them must now escape their enemies and reach "Lost Vegas," the rock 'n' roll capital of this future world. Written by <Rama@manga.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts and swordfight violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blade  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,896 (USA) (18 September 1998)


$124,494 (USA) (22 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The squashed "de-anamorphic" effect on the opening title sequence is an homage to years of VHS fullscreen movies that had their widescreen titles similarly squashed. Many projectionists have mistakenly swapped out their lenses in the middle of this sequence. Ironically, the video version of the movie is letterboxed (although the cable broadcast version was not). See more »


Some rifles that Russians use, are obvious rubber props. See more »


Buddy: Who are you?
Death: Death,
Buddy: Cool!
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Crazy Credits

Voice-over at end of credits: "That's a wrap, baby!" See more »


Referenced in Our Happy Apocalypse (2016) See more »

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Kurosawa meets Rockabilly
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, the bad stuff. The film will not appeal to people who can't deal with camp, with pure Lynch-like strangeness, or people who demand a big budget production.

However, those who are willing to give an oddball film a chance will find this to be a real gem of an indie flick. Imagine if you will Buddy Holly, Mad Max, and Jet Li bundled into one character, fighting across a desolate warped postapocalyptic Nevada. The dynamics in the movie are all about conflict... Rock & Roll against Metal, Communism against Capitalism, bravery versus despair. Mix that in with "Weird West" touches, demented nuclear families, and warriors who duel with both blade and guitar. There is even a hint of the manga, "Lone Wolf and Cub" thrown in. That and some excellent Russian-influenced rockabilly.

Some of the scenes fall flat, sure... but few movies try to reach for such imaginative and demented heights... and few succeed to this extend on a shoestring budget. Despite its shortcomings, the action sequences are exciting and well-done, and one really sees an American Apocalypse which never was -- but in some ways happened, in our heads, at least.

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