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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
iMDB Rating: 7.5

Date Released : 27 April 2000

Genre : Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stars : Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

Movie Quality : BRrip

Format : MKV

Size : 700 MB


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In Jersey City, an African American hit man follows "Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai." He lives alone, in simplicity with homing pigeons for company, calling himself Ghost Dog. His master, who saved his life eight years ago, is part of the local mob. When the boss' daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog's hits, he becomes expendable. The first victims are his birds, and in response, Ghost Dog goes right at his attackers but does not want to harm his master or the young woman. On occasion, he talks with his best friend, a French-speaking Haitian who sells ice cream in the park, and with a child with whom he discusses books. Can he stay true to his code? And if he does, what is his fate?

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Review :

Nice little movie from Jarmusch

Back in the late eighties and early nineties, Jim Jarmusch had established himself as the coolest cat in film directing. Films like Down by the Law and Night on Earth had made him a favourite long before the likes of Quentin Tarantino came on the scene, and Jarmusch was most definitely at the height of American cinema. These days, Jarmusch isn't quite as well liked as he once was; but this hasn't stopped him directing good movies. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is much more down to earth than most of Jarmusch's earlier films, but it still has that coolness in it's essence, and although it isn't vintage Jarmusch; it's still a very good movie. The film isn't quite like anything I've ever seen before (and that isn't something I see much of these days!) as it's plotting is so relaxed that it's pretty much at walking pace throughout, and it's relaxed atmosphere isn't something that has been seen too many times in cinema, especially not modern cinema. All in all, what it lacks in coolness; Ghost Dog makes up for in originality.

This movie is very much what film fans would class as an "indie". It's just too absurd and daring to possibly have studio backing; and that is credit to it's director, as this film helps to prove that indie films are often far more likable and inventive than their big budget counterparts. The director has made best use of the casting, and Forest Whitaker, despite not being an actor with an impressive list of lead roles to his credit, pulls out an excellent performance that brilliantly fits the tone of the movie. This is the sort of casting that shows you don't need a well respected and highly paid actor in your movie for it to work, just one that fits the role. Jarmusch has written lots of great and absurdly funny scenes for the movie, the best of which is the one in which Ghost Dog's employer explains the arrangement to a baffled group of colleagues - it's comedy genius! The film, at times, gets a little bit too arty for it's own good and that may make some viewers roll their eyes. It's also perhaps just a little too relaxed. Still, it's not bad.

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