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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Mar 17, 2000
 UK: 28 Apr 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 15, 2000
 R2: 12 Jun 2002

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA, France, Germany, Japan

Studio ARD, Bac Films, Canal Plus, Degeto Film, JVC, Pandora Film, Plywood

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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Revenge, Gangsters, Cult Classic, Spoof

Tagline: Live by the code. Die by the code.

Plot: Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) lives simply, apart from the world in a homemade shack on the roof of an abandoned building. His only true companion is the trusted carrier pigeon that serves as his primary means of communication with the outside world. He studies the early eighteenthcentury Japanese warrior text Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai. Each morning, he bows to the altar he has constructed and practices the ancient disciplines of the samurai. Ghost Dog is a contract killer, a master of his trade who can whirl a gun at warp speed and moves through this world like a phantom, stealthy and evanescent. In the spirit of the samurai, he has pledged his loyalty to a small-time mobster named Louie (John Tormey), who saved his life many years before.

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a hypnotic re-creation of the gangster picture that pits ancient wisdom against modern dysfunction, locating the parallels and differences between samurai and Mafia codes of honor and loyalty. As the modern crime family slides towards extinction, its moral system disintegrates and no one is safe in the struggle for power. In this fractious army, there is no place for the loyalty of the samurai, but his mastery and strength are undiluted.

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 Directed by
Jim Jarmusch
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 Written by
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