Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog

The Way of the Samurai

DVD - 2000
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Ghost Dog is a samurai disciple, and for ten years the devoted retainer to an aging mafia foot soldier named Louie. When one of Ghost Dog's contract murders goes wrong b7s the don's daughter is a witness b7s her father, decides that to save face, he must have the killer "neutralized." The rest of the film follows Ghost Dog's calculated efforts to survive, as he takes out the gang members while attempting to maintain his ceremonious, mutually respectful relationship with Louie.

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RoyalJellyIII
Mar 18, 2021

This is one of Jim Jarmusch’s best movies and he is a fine original film maker.
With Jarmusch you must expect to be surprised but you can be sure you will have fun. Casting Forest Whitaker as a mafia hit man is only the start of the surprises.
Don Quixote crazily followed the nonsensical books of chivalry of his day and thought he could become a Knight Errant. Ghost Dog similarly models his life and actions on an old, alien book of rules for samurai warriors. This eccentric approach to life becomes more comical and more dangerous because of his involvement with a mafia gang. The joke is that these erstwhile masters of crime are getting old and crazy. Two outmoded lifestyles are reaching exhaustion in today’s world of urban grunge, evoked by hip-hop music and urban gangs.

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WittyPenguin
Mar 17, 2021

An incredible film that transcends the format to become music, poetry, or even a painting. It simultaneously speaks of ancient, current, and future times. People & principles live on; they have always been.

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akirakato
Apr 04, 2016

This is a 1999 American crime action drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
Forest Whitaker stars as the title character---the mysterious "Ghost Dog", a hitman in the employ of the Mafia.
The hitman follows the ancient code of the samurai as outlined in the book: "Hagakure" written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the 18th century.
The book is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retainer to Nabeshima Mitsushige, the third ruler of Saga Han---part of the Southern Japan.
The movie is an innovative blend of samurai and gangster lifestyles with some laughing-to-death events I really enjoyed and loved so much.

IngloriousBelcher Aug 16, 2015

Minuses; cornball dialog, 1-2 extras walking perfectly placed through every background scene & lots of dead pigeons. Pluses; very real looking dead pigeons that were probably just actual dead pigeons, Whitaker's voice over scenes with him looking contemplatively lazy eyed into the distance, and the beautiful french ice cream truck man Isaach De Bankolé (seriously, he should have won an oscar or something).

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2012

Wonder why it did not get its rightful accolades before DVD/VCR release, a for hire black hitman raising homing pigeons on a roof top for the Italian mobs? The reviews at rotten tomatoes:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ghost_dog_the_way_of_the_samurai/

lasertravis Apr 27, 2011

Great movie. Tarentino-esque. Really original plot and memorable characters. RZA soundtrack.

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