Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai | Chicago Reader

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Jim Jarmusch's seventh narrative feature (1999) focuses on a solitary inner-city maverick and hit man (Forest Whitaker) who lives on a rooftop with pigeons and has trained himself as a samurai according to the 18th-century book Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai, pledging loyalty to a New Jersey gangster (John Tormey) who once saved his life, whom he communicates with mainly by carrier pigeon. Like some of Jarmusch's other films, this is essentially a poetic comic fantasy that has a lot to say about contemporary global culture; it's beautifully cast and filmed (cinematography by the matchless Robby Müller) and often quite moving, despite the fact that most of the characters are never developed much beyond mythic or parodic prototypes. The music is by Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA; with Cliff Gorman, Camille Winbush, Isaach de Bankolé, Henry Silva, and Tricia Vessey. R, 116 min.


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