Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An innovative blend of samurai and gangster lifestyles.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

compellingly strange twist on the mafia genre

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A handsomely shot, cool-sounding head-scratcher of a film that probably isn't worth the wear on the fingernails.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Emanuel Levy

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

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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai brings the minimalist director who found fame with 1984's Stranger Than Paradise back to the land of the living.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Jarmusch has introduced historical references ...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.

Rob Gonsalves

One of the coolest movies to come down the pike in years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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Phil Hubbs
Now Forest Whitaker isn't the kind of guy you would normally think of for a smart ice cool hitman flick. His big lumbering appearance and droopy eye always… More
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xGary Xx
A solitary, bird loving hitman is targeted by his own employer but his code of honour prevents him from direct retaliation. Ghost Dog is probably Jim… More
Al S
A well-constructed and superb genre piece that has a terrific and poignant mixture of urban attitude, street savvy, stylistic shootings and compelling samurai… More
Graham Jones
Jarmusch's samurai/gangster featuring a soundtrack from The Rza. Though not on the same level as his other films, it is still a worthwhile watch.