Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Director: Jim Jarmusch Run Time: 116 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1999

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

A modern mafia man embraces the samurai tradition in Jim Jarmusch’s GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI.

Roger Ebert wrote, “It helps to understand that the hero of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is crazy. Of course he is.” The film stars Forest Whitaker as this crazy hero, a modern day mafia hit man greatly inspired by the old ways of the samurai, plus it features a soundtrack by the RZA. So, you know it’s good. It’s an inventive and surreal twist on the gangster film as Ghost Dog is a loyal contract killer who is now the target after a job gone wrong. Just remember, “The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong.”

Part of Nitehawk’s January JARMUSCH AT MIDNITE midnite series.