Six-String Samurai

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A quirky, energetic sci-fi adventure.



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Average Rating: 3.7/5

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This post-apocalyptic desert spectacle of swords, adventure and rock n' roll wowed audiences at the Slamdance and South X Southwest Festivals. The King is dead. After ruling for more than 40 years from Lost Vegas, Elvis Presley has left America without its leader. Who will become king? With every sword-brandishing, guitar-playing dreamer on the road to Vegas, it's a crowded path to the top. The "Six-String Samurai" is Buddy, a guitar player on his way to Lost Vegas to claim the throne.


Monti Ellison
as Head Pin Pal
Richard McGuire
as Cantina Owner
Zuma Jay
as Car Guy
Lex Lang
as Voice of Death
Dan Barton
as Ward Cleaver
Lora Witty
as Harriet Cleaver
John Sakisian
as Russian General
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Critic Reviews for Six-String Samurai

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

  • 'Vegas needs a new king.' That, right there, is all you need to know plotwise of this ridiculously fun no-budget actioner.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Will remain an obscure and sequel-less cult classic, having achieved that status out of sheer weirdness rather than greatness.

    Mar 18, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • So here's two good performers and a good idea, gorgeous camera work....and nothing else. The idea was funny but I thought it was executed poorly at times.

    Jun 14, 2001 | Rating: 3
  • Lance Mungia's high energy genre soup is a hoot, a low budget indie action film that embraces its limitations with a spare grunge-chic look...

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Six-String Samurai


Samurai and rock musician Buddy (martial artist Jeffery Falcon, a dead ringer for Buddy Holly) travels the post-apocalyptic wasteland, heading to Vegas with the other rock and rollers in a bid to assume the throne left vacant by the dead Elvis. In terms of the setting and concept, this blazingly original and well-crafted movie is so different and unique that you desperately want to fall in love with it, but the layers upon layers of stylization are just so damn thick you end up feeling alienated from the world rather than drawn inside it. Lots of people fall in love anyway, and it's worth taking a chance for fans of cult movies.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


It's The Road Warrior Picture Show with a Buddy Holly doing his best Toshiro Mifune starring in a Sergio Leone gang picture set in a fantasy future, directed with the flash of a Hong Kong action flick and the nice and slow style of a samurai film and I was still bored

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer


This movie is a wonderful experience - the cinematography is stunning, the fights exquisite and the music perfect. One of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of all time; I'd recommend it to anyone with an open mind about movies.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


It is quasi-low budget, and patently absurd. Buddy Holly goes to post-apocalyptic Lost Vegas to claim the vacated throne of the monarch of the post-nuclear-United-States... Elvis Presley. But the dark spectre of Heavy Metal intends on claiming the throne. The themes and mood are over-the-top. The acting is acceptably absurd. The script is filled with the appropriate number of non-contextual one-liners. Overall, it is excellent as a rarely-seen cult movie... just don't try to make it out to be anything more than that.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

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