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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

1999 / 116min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JIM JARMUSCH

CAST: FOREST WHITAKER, RZA, JOHN TORMEY, HENRY SILVA

Forest Whitaker’s Ghost Dog isn’t your average Mafia hitman. He’s a devoted bibliophile, follows the samurai code as laid out in Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s Hagakure, and relaxes by tending to his pigeon coop, which you’d be wise not to mess with. While borrowing from Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki, this offbeat piece of pulp art is finally pure Jarmusch, with a stirring score by RZA and a rich supporting cast including Henry Silva, Victor Argo, Tricia Vessey, and Isaach De Bankolé as our hero’s Francophone “best friend”—who he understands on some level, even though they don't speak the same language.

Screening in the series Jim Jarmusch.