Six-String Samurai (1998)

Genres - Comedy, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Rock Musical, Sci-Fi Action  |   Release Date - Sep 18, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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This high-camp, independent fantasy adventure mixes elements of comic books, Westerns, post-apocalyptic science fiction (particularly The Road Warrior (1981)), chop-sockey action films, Elvis Presley musicals, and road pictures into a postmodern stew. Jeffrey Falcon is Buddy, a samurai guitar player wandering through a dystopian, alternate-reality America. In 1957, the Russians dropped nuclear bombs on the country, which is now mostly a barren wasteland of sand dunes, save for "Lost Vegas," which has become the new U.S. capitol and the residence of Elvis, who is now quite literally the King. News arrives that Elvis has died, and Buddy sets out for the City of Sin to take the ruler's place, accompanied by a mute kid (Justin McGuire). Along the way, the pair will face numerous villains, including Death (Stephane Gauger) and his trio of archers, as well as cannibals, mutants and three lethal bowlers.

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desert, post-nuclear-holocaust, guitar, Samurai, death, cannibal, mutant