Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

US | 1999 | 116 min | 14A

GHOST DOG is director Jim Jarmusch’s blurring of a mafioso movie with a samurai film. It stars Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog–a hitman employed by the mafia, who adheres to the strict code of the samurai warrior, and the teachings of the Hagakure. Often linked to Melville’s LE SAMOURAI, Suzuki’s BRANDED TO KILL, and Akira Kurosawa (who receives thanks in the credits), GHOST DOG blends cinema genres and multiculturalism to create a modern-day, warrior film.


One of its biggest selling features is the musical score, which features RZA (and Wu Tang), as well as Public Enemy. In fact, RZA has his acting debut in this film, where he plays the camouflaged samurai.

And if that’s not enough to entice you to watch this movie on the big screen, Ghost Dog’s best friend is “the ice cream man”–played by Isaach de Bankole (who recently starred in BLACK PANTHER and SHAFT)–who acts as a foil to Ghost Dog’s violent lifestyle by providing him with quiet escape, companionship, and the simplicity of an ice cream cone. The two men do not even speak the same language, and yet find commonality in their need to connect. Ghost Dog’s friendship with the ice cream man, and his love of ice cream in particular, help to humanize the entire experience of being a hitman, and ground the movie in its emotional reality. – CORA JAMES


Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, RZA



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