Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai the Movie

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Jarmusch takes a Far Eastern approach to the Mob-hit man genre with "Dog," whose title character, a contract killer played excellently by Whitaker, pledges himself to small-time hood Louie in the tradition of the Samurai after Louie saves his life. When one of his hits goes wrong, Ghost Dog is targeted for elimination, which leads to many dead bodies. Like most Jarmusch offerings, this one's quirky, disjointed, and not for everyone, but Whitaker's performance, and the offbeat humor make up for a lot.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Crime Drama, Hit Men/Women, Organized Crime, Samurai
Jim Jarmusch
Forest Whitaker, Cliff Gorman, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Isaach de Bankole, Tricia Vessey, Victor Argo, Gene Ruffini, Richard Portnow, Camille Winbush
Robby Muller
Jim Jarmusch
Inc. Artisan Pictures

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