DIRECTOR PRESENTS FREE SCREENING AT U.S.C.’S NORRIS CINEMA THEATER SEPT 27
Six-String Samurai will screen through the Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy Film Society at USC’s
Norris Cinema Theater(possibly the best on-campus cinema in the country, funded by
Spielberg and Lucas)
One screening only: Sunday, September 27th. Director Lance Mungia will introduce the
film and conduct Q and A before the film starts. Film begins at 3:00 pm.
Normally, this event is only open to members of the society, but we’ve reserved a hundred seats
for whoever reads this on the site and wants to go. All you have to do to get in free is state that
you’re “a guest of the Director.”
PARKING: Free parking on the street, (no meters in effect on
Sunday), or, $5 fee to park at USC, in the parking lot one block from theater.
See Six-String on the big screen, with amazing sound, as it should be seen.
Hope to see you there,
Lance Mungia Director, Six String Samurai
TICKETS: To find out more and reserve your seat
SIX-STRING COMIC BOOK AVAILABLE NOW FROM ROB LIEFELD AND AWESOME ENTERTAINMENT!
Buddy’s path to Vegas is forever etched in comic book glory! View the cover and
fine pencils by John Stinsman and Rob Liefeld.
FILM THREAT ANOINTS SIX-STRING: ‘BEST INDIE OF THE YEAR!’
From Film Threat Online: “The best indie film of 1998.”
SLAMDANCE BENEFIT GALA PREMIERE: SEPT 17!!!
Calling all Six-String Fans!!! Thurday, September 17, 1998! Follow the “Yellow
Brick Road Homie” to the Six String Samurai gala premiere in L.A.!!! Come see
the crazy Russian Red Elvises for a concert at 6:30 PM at the Virgin
Megastore! Then, at 7:30 PM- join us for a screening of “Six String Samurai”
at Laemme’s Sunset Five! Then at 9:00PM- party with us at the private Premiere
Party at “The Union” on Sunset! Meet director Lance Mungia and star Jeffrey
Falcon! Free Six String Samurai ComicBooks! Six-String Samurai motion picture
soundtrack & poster giveaways!
For all the info go to the SLAMDANCE
SIX STRING STORMS INTO TORONTO!!!
Six String Samurai has been selected for the Toronto International Film
Festival. If you’ve been dying to see SSS grab your Samurai Swords and get
down to the ticket office!!! There will only be a limited number of seats
available. Screenings for Six String will be on September 14th at
midnight at the “Uptown Theater” and September 16th at noon at the “Cumberland
SIX STRING CHOOSEN FOR LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Buddy to be crowned King of Vegas September 16th!!! Spread the word across the
wastelands SSS fans– Six String will screen at the Las Vegas International Film
Festival on September 16th at 10:30PM at the Century Theater.
‘GREATEST SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR!’ RAVES FILM THREAT
From Film Threat Weekly:
“The best indie film of 1998 “Six String Samurai” also has the greatest
soundtrack of the year by surf band the Red Elvises with additional material
by Brian Tyler. The CD just hit stores this week and you’d be an idiot if
you didn’t run out right now and buy it!”
SIX-STRING D.P. KRISTIAN BERNIER ONE OF 50 TO WATCH
VARIETY’s “50 to Watch” — Hot creatives make their mark in the August 24-30 issue of Variety.
Six-String cinematographer Kristin Bernier is featured as well as
the film’s producer’s Leanna Creel and Michael Burns.
“It should always be this easy. After graduating from Florida State U.’s film
school, Bernier promptly moved to LA and after perusing Drama-Logue sent his reel
to Lance Mungia, who needed a d.p. for his first feature. A year later, their
film “Six String Samurai” had its premiere at 1998’s Slamdance, where it was
picked up by Palm Pictures/Manga.”
“Those who’ve seen the post-apocalyptic rock
‘n’ roll epic will not be surprised to learn that the 30-year old
cinematographer’s influences are Darius Khondji (“Alien: Resurrection”) and
Thierry Arbogast (“The Fifth Element”).”
“They’re young guys themselves,” Bernier says, “but they know how to use darkness as
much as light in composing an image.” Bernier, who just signed with Dattner & Associates,
looks forward to lensing Alison Anders’ next yet-untitled pic.
SIX-STRING BUZZ BUILDS FROM INDIE EFFORTS
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
(Independent Producers & Distributors Special Issue)
by Ross Johnson and Randall Tierney
“The Hollywood Reporter recently asked those who wrote, directed and/or
produced five of this season’s top indie films to talk about the current state
of the independent-film business.”
“Troy Beyer, Larry Estes, Mark Gill, Tamara Jenkins, Lance Mungia and Michael
Steinberg sat down with the Hollywood Reporter’s Ross Johnson and Randall
Tierney and engaged in a freewheeling discussion of all things indie.”
LANCE MUNGIA is the co-screenwriter (with Jeffrey Falcon) and director of
“Six-String Samurai,” an HSX production and the initial release from
distributor Palm Pictures. “Six-String” is the feature directorial debut for
Mungia, a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
MUNGIA: ‘The strength of my film “Six-String Samurai” rests in the word of
mouth we get by playing in a number ot theaters in the college cities and,
hopefully, finding that audience. Palm Pictures is doing everything they
possibly can to make sure people are going to know about the film. We’ve
already got a certain amount of good word of mouth, and that’s how it’s going
to succeed. I think a lot of films in that kind of budget range are similar
to mine: They need good word of mouth, and they have to be with a distributor
that will get them enough time in the theaters to find an audience.'”
SOUNDTRACK RELEASED TO STORES
Hey there everybody!!!!
The Six String Samurai soundtrack hit stores near you on August 25th. Check it out. It’s got a great mixture of both the Red
Elvises Sushi Siberian Surf Rock, as well as Brian Tyler’s original score. I also added in some various cool quotes from the
film in-between the tracks.
Check it out!
Lance Mungia, Director, SSS
TRICKY HYPHENS- DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Attention Six-String Fans! Director Lance Mungia exposes hyphen coverup!: “If you can’t find the
Six-String Soundtrack at stores, it may be sold out, or the employee typing Six-String Samurai into
the computer to check if the store has it may be typing in Six String Samurai, without the hyphen.
Fans have written in to say that employees must type Six-String Samurai in some Tower
Records and Wherehouses. The hyphen must be included or the soundtrack title
may not come up.”
You can avoid all this by ordering the soundtrack online.
A SATISFIED CUSTOMER
An email from a Six-String fan, sent to director Lance Mungia:
Before I get to the Six String soundtrack, I must tell you that my friend and
I were listening to the soundtrack (we both bought it today) and then I went
online and boom! a message from the director of the movie I was listening to?
Is this for real? Wow! Awesome movie. And the soundtrack is the best I have
ever heard. It is just incredible how the score resonates with such thematic
melody and outright coolness. I have already picked out most of the theme on my guitar.
Can’t wait till Sept. 18th.
SIX-STRING DEBUTS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!!!
Jeffrey Falcon, Lance Mungia, D.P. Kristian Bernier and Justin McGuire aka
“The Kid” descended upon the San Diego Comic-Con to sign film posters and
copies of the new Six-String comic book, produced by Rob Liefeld and Awesome Entertainment.
A blast was had both by the Six String crew and the many fans that lined up to
get the coolest new comic on the block… SIX-STRING SAMURAI.
Stay tuned SSS fans! The offical comic book will be coming to a city near
you! Look for a September release from Awesome Entertainment…
Martial Arts fans! Check out the October edition of INSIDE KUNG-FU Magazine
(page 17) for SIX-STRING SAMURAI coming to a theater near you! Starring
international martial arts champion Jeffrey Falcon!
SPIN Magazine Nominates Buddy for Action Figure
SPIN editors examine the
resurgence of the kung fu action film and they go on to list reasons why
Buddy should be turned into an action hero figurine. Read the issue of
Spin that proves that Buddy kicks Commie ass.
Six-String In Theatres September 18
Six-String slashes its way into theatres in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.
Six-String makes a return trip to Austin as well, where Harry Knowles teared up in joy and a few other
folks at the SXSW Film Festival fell in love.
The mania will spread to Boston, Denver and Kansas City in October. Check our online listings
for additional theaters and opening dates.
Message Board: Talk to the Filmmakers
Engage director Lance Mungia and co-writer/star Jeff Falcon
with questions, comments and everything Six-String.
Six-String Samurai has been accepted for the Toronto Film Festival “Midnight Screenings.”
Harry Knowles of Aint-It-Cool-News rates Six String Samurai as his favorite film of the year.
An article by Editor James Frisa tells of his editing experience with
SSS and a little bit about working with Lance Mungia and Jeffrey Falcon.
…One of the amusing things is that the original cut that included everything (minus two scenes) was over two hours
long. One of our delivery requirements was that it couldn’t be longer than
105 minutes. It was a challenge, but we managed to get it down to that length. But Lance wanted to go even
4/12/98Another mention at Ain’t It Cool News.
I was again blown away! I’m so pumped that this film has not diminished between viewings, that my rants and ravings
to my friends (& to anyone who’d listen) about how cool this flick is, were not an exaggeration. The film hadn’t
diminished, but had only gotten cooler!…DON’T
MISS THIS FLICK!!! I can guarantee that your cool points will quadruple when you see this one! Be there!…
Rob Liefeld and Awesome Entertainment jump on board the “Six String” band wagon
and agree to do the comic book!
A special inside report from Dana Scully in Montana appears on Aint-It-Cool-News. “Kick Ass movie!” she exclaims.
Ruby Lerner, publisher of The Independent and executive director of the Association of Independent Video and
Filmmakers offers this great review of SSS in the April, ’98 issue:
…The greatest joy of either Slamdance or Sundance was Lance Mungia’s Six-String Samurai, absolutely the best
postmodern, post apocolyptic, Hong Kong action, klezmer rock ‘n roll movie ever made. Where were the
acquisitions executives? In this endlessly inventive film, the Six-String Samurai is Buddy (with actor Jeff
Falcon looking remarkably like Buddy Holly), who must battle his way to Lost Vegas to take over Elvis’s crown.
With the classic heroic journey as its underlying structure and a sweet relationship between Buddy and a young
boy (the affecting Justin McGuire) who becomes his traveling companion, this clever film is a visual tour de force
thanks to DP Kristian Bernier. The remarkable Jeffrey Falcon (co-writer and star) has been in more than 20 Hong
Kong martial arts pictures, and has lived and worked in Asia for over a dozen years. When he wasn’t acting or
choreographing the balletic fight scenes, he was supervising the production and costume design.
The music by the
Red Elvises, who describe themselves as the highest-paid wedding band in the Kamchatka Peninsula, only adds to
the movie’s gleeful exuberance.
Harry Knowles of Aint-It-Cool-News has this to say about the Six-String Samurai Soundtrack:
I flew up with the score to SIX-STRING SAMURAI and the songs of the Red Elvises. Bryan Tyler, composer on
6-String, created some magic here. Move aside Zimmer; John Woo hire this guy. The essence of cool.
More buzzing is heard on Usenet. A fan at the South By Southwest festival had this to say on rec.arts.movies.current-films:
Oh man – you _have_ to see it! I caught it at SXSW twice, and I can safely
say it was the coolest film at the festival. Looked gorgeous, action
packed, and extremely stylish. . .Anyway, see this movie as soon as you can – I’m sure it’ll get
distribution real fast. 😉
Two more gotta-read-it-to-believe-it reviews
Due to growing demand, you can finally get Six-String Samurai stuff from online store. Will these become
Yet another rave! This time from Variety. Yahoo has it.
Here’s an taste:
Falcon — also credited with the picture’s costume and production design — bears an eerie resemblance to Buddy
Holly, and that seemingly benign demeanor provides a stark contrast to his
warrior’s heart. The role is virtually all physicality, but when called upon to emote, there’s not a trace of
wood in his performance
The buzz continues. A page on the possible remake of Enter The Dragon suggests Jeffrey Falcon might be cool
in the lead?
Personally I feel the following is a big steamy shovel of hooey, BUT wouldn’t it be pretty cool if it were true?
Of course, while I love Jet Li, I would have to just wait and see… I mean, the original score is soo Super Uber Cool that
anything less would be a vast diminishing of the original. I would like to recommend Jeffrey Falcon (Six-String
Samurai as Roper).
site in German goes up. Non-German speakers may which to have the page
translated with Altavista’s web translator at babelfish.
Ain’t It Cool News gives
Six-String Samurai a rave review! The word is
3/13/98 – 3/21/98
The South by South West film festival. Six-String Samurai makes a big
impression (check out some of the reviews of the next few days!)
Eric Lurio of the Greenwich
Village Gazette gives Six-String this amazing
Lance Mungia’s Slamdance entry “Six String Samurai” became some people’s cherished jewels among the rough.
Film Threat Magazine gives Six-String Samurai a
nod in its Weekly Newsletter:
“Six-String Samurai” is pure cinematic enjoyment. Lead actor Jeffrey
Falcon has been studying martial arts for 20 years and has been in 17 Hong
Kong action films. This isn’t simply a film; it’s a series of films, a
cartoon show, a comic book, a line of action figures, a video game, and soon
to be a huge franchise. Based on this powerful action film debut, Lance
Mungia should be directing Jeffrey Falcon as a Jedi knight in the second Star
Wars film prequel. “SSS” definitely was the talk of Slamdance and shows that
there is hope. “SSS” won both the cinematography and editing award for
Slamdance gives Six-String Samurai “best
cinematography” and “best
Indiewire covers Six String with this article
The Six-String Samurai web site goes online at Site