Six-String Samurai

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"Vegas Needs a New King."
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.4  (7,908)

In the post-apocalyptic world of Six-String Samurai, the United States has been decimated by the fallout of a nuclear war, reducing most of the country to a barren wasteland. In the absence of a government, various factions have risen to power, each vying for control of the remaining resources. The film follows an enigmatic wanderer known only as the "Six-String Samurai," played by Jeffrey Falcon. He is a guitar-wielding warrior who serves as a protector to those in need. The protagonist's journey begins in the ruins of Las Vegas, where he receives a call to action to travel to New Vegas, the new capital of the land.

The story is set against a surreal, alternate history background, where the Soviet Union invaded and conquered the United States in the 1950s. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, rose to power as the leader of the new American government, only to mysteriously disappear in 1977. His death related to a story that, whoever can reach the city of Lost Vegas will become the new King. The tale, as it becomes popular with the people, inspires a legion of guitar-toting assassins who aim to become the next "King of Rock."

The journey to the new capital takes Six-String Samurai through a series of visually stunning and surreal landscapes, each filled with perilous dangers and strange inhabitants. Along the way, he meets an orphan boy named Buddy, played by Justin McGuire, who joins him on his quest. Together, they brave the treacherous terrain and confront various factions, including a cannibalistic clan known as the "Cannibal Sisters" and the militaristic Red Army.

The film takes on a road-movie feel with its musical interlude as they travel, and the guitar warrior uses his extraordinary talents to take on the rebels and claim a path to New Vegas. However, the journey is not easy, and every step of the way is fraught with danger. The journey is enhanced by the Six-String Samurai's musical interludes, jamming on his guitar, and fighting with his blade to the beat.

One of the most remarkable elements of the film is its visual style, which blends elements of classic Westerns, samurai films, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. The film has a distinctive, stylized look that evokes the feeling of an old-fashioned comic book. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is characterized by a lack of order and the absence of government, leading to scenes of anarchic violence and chaos.

The characters are unforgettable, and each has their unique quirks and motivations. The Six-String Samurai is a mysterious figure, and his backstory is never fully revealed. Still, he exudes a sense of cool and a sense of purpose that draws the viewer into his journey. Buddy, the young boy he befriends, is innocent and naive, but also resilient and adaptable, making him an ideal companion.

In addition to the stunning visuals, the film also boasts a fantastic soundtrack, featuring a blend of rockabilly, blues, and surf rock. The music is integral to the film's themes, and it helps to create a genuinely unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

Overall, Six-String Samurai is a visually stunning and memorable film that is sure to delight fans of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, classic Westerns, and samurai films. With its unique blend of genres, unforgettable characters, and killer soundtrack, Six-String Samurai is a true cult classic that has stood the test of time. The protagonist and his frenemy's journey across a landscape of surreal landscapes and bizarre characters, taking on all comers with music and swords, will keep its audiences' eyes glued to the screen.

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    1 hr 31 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (7,908)