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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

LIVE BY THE CODE. DIE BY THE CODE. 

An assassin called Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker), who lives alone with his pigeons on a rooftop, suddenly gets into trouble with New York mobsters. Director Jim Jarmusch moves from a literary western, Dead Man (1995), to a story about a man who lives his life according to the rules described in a book about the samurai. Whitaker is cool, likeable and agile in that part as he fights clichéd Mafiosi with names like Big Angie and Handsome Frank. It’s all very stylish, occasionally funny, but the story moves slowly and the emotional impact is zero. Fans of the director will appreciate his touches.

1999-U.S.-France. 116 min. Color. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Music: RZA. Cast: Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog), John Tormey (Louie), Cliff Gorman (Sonny Valerio), Henry Silva, Isaach de Bankolé, Tricia Vessey.

 

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