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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

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Forest Whitaker, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
116 minutes
performer:
Forest Whitaker, Cliff Gorman, Henry Silva, John Tormey
director:
Jim Jarmusch
Producers:
JVC Entertainment, Plywood Productions
distributor:
Artisan Entertainment
author:
Jim Jarmusch
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Whitaker is a Y2K assassin guided by ancient warrior codes in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, director Jim Jarmusch’s cross cultural take on the gangster flick. The hit gone wrong plot is incidental — the director is clearly more fascinated by intermingling Italian geezers and ghetto hustlers, all against Wu-Tang producer RZA’s brilliant score. The result — as dense as most Jarmusch films — is a Mob flick for hip philosophy majors, with all the style and pretension that implies.