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Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
A surreal crime drama told as only Jim Jarmusch could, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai stars Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog, a hit man living in an unidentified but run-down city in what license plates call "The Industrialized State." Known for his gift of being able to come and go without people noticing him, Ghost Dog is a self-taught samurai who is obsessed with order and his strict personal moral code, drawn from the philosophies of the Japanese warriors. As every samurai needs a leader to whom he swears loyalty, Ghost Dog has devoted himself the service of Louie (John Tormey), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At once a tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, friendship and professionalism, and a stylish, ironic pastiche inspired by the likes of Melville and Suzuki, it's very funny, insightful, and highly original."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"By turns irritating and inviting; Jarmusch's allusive metaphysics has a sensual glide, but much of what he's doing here is also too, too hip."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Jarmusch blends these disparate themes into a cohesive film that combines humor and truly unique characters with Eastern philosophy, mobster flick and shoot-'em-up western."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Ghost Dog himself is so remote and focused on his path, it's hard to drum up a lot of identification or sympathy."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Ghost Dog is an impeccably shot and sensationally scored deadpan parody of two current popular modes -- the hit-man glorification saga and the Cosa Nostra family drama."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Jarmusch's original film, which deconstructs the mobster genre as seen through the eyes of a Samurai, is by turn eccentric, mysterious, and mythical, defying viewers expectations"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Visually creative film with a remarkable use of color and music."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An act of pure, unadulterated creativity that boasts its narrative gambles and poetic whimsy as badges of honor... One of the most improbably gorgeous films of the year."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"compellingly strange twist on the mafia genre"
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Jarmusch has introduced historical references ... that have opened up his imagination and extended his thematic and affective range well beyond that of his first five features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of the coolest movies to come down the pike in years."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"I can scarcely think of ways to improve this engrossing, original, near-brilliant production."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Jarmusch and Whitaker are masters at work proving once again that you don't need a huge budget to tell a meaningful story."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
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