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Six-String Samurai (1998)

In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai on his way to Lost Vegas takes a young orphan boy under his protection as Death and his metalhead Horsemen chase after them.

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Lance Mungia
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Cast

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

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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Vegas Needs A New King See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

The 'tiger claw' Soviet soldier towards the end of the film is Jeffrey Falcon's brother Noel. See more »

Goofs

When the Ritchie Valens character charges Buddy his shoes fall off very obviously, but they are suddenly back on his feet in the very next shot. See more »

Quotes

Buddy: Float away, little butterfly. Just flutter away. I got a gig in Vegas. And the wastelands ain't no place for kids.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References El Topo (1970) See more »

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Why do I like it?
7 April 1999 | by TrumpySee all my reviews

This movie has so many faults. But why do I love it so much? First off the position of the bad guys is never really explained. I mean who exactly are the windmill people? What makes Buddy flip around when the kid cries? (Amen to the reviewer who mentioned the kid's psychotic episode inducing moan) Just what exactly happened at the end? The music is great but at certain times does not feel fitting for the situation. Buddy repeats the same lines over and over as if that will make them cooler. (ex. Float away little butterfly, swell, etc.)

However, there is so much to love. The instant Falcon appeared on the screen as Buddy, the kung fu rocker, I was amazed. I kept thinking to myself, "dang, this guy is awesome". The scenery and photography is gorgeous. As to a comment about erotic photography I did notice that there was a similar scene. Buddy and the kid are standing on opposite sand dunes. It looks like a pair of boobs to me, but that's just me.

As for the guy that complains that Death was given a wussy guitar, that seems to be the point to me. Heavy Metal is contrasted with Rockabilly and Surf Guitar. The director obviously prefers the latter, and so do I.

The dubbed voices are cheesy, but that doesn't make it any less cool. I loved the too short segment involving the "windmill god" himself. But what was with that kid who kept saying, "Tag! You're It!" To get all the nuances of the film you probably have to be an anime, hong kong, mad max, Sergio Leone junkie. I liked the fact that the movie was bloodless. It helps to keep the fun factor high.

This movie is just what the world needs. Meteor destroying the Earth, bah! A pale remake of a giant rampaging lizard, forget it. Take a trip back to the fifties when rock was revolutionary.


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Official Sites:

Palm Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,896, 20 September 1998

Gross USA:

$146,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,125
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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