Ghost Dog lives above the world, alongside a flock of birds, in a homemade shack on the roof of an abandoned building. Guided by the words of an ancient Samurai text, Ghost Dog is a professional killer able to dissolve into the night and move throughout the city unnoticed. When Ghost Dog's code is dangerously betrayed by the dysfunctional mafia family that occasionally employs him, he must find a way to defend himself without breaking the code of the samurai.
Bizarre - you'll either love it or hate it
- Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai review by RP
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You rated this film: 3
What a very strange film. I understand that it has achieved something of a cult status and I'm not surprised. The characters in it are governed by two different codes, sort of Samurai v Mafia and it's all about trust, loyalty and betrayal. The Ghost Dog character (played by Forest Whitaker) believes he owes a debt to one mafioso (Louie, played by John Tormey) whom he believes saved his life. But (in an echo of Rashomon) each character sees a different version of this event... Ghost Dog's best friend is a Haitian ice-cream seller who speaks only French and Ghost Dog speaks only English – yet they manage to understand each other. The film covers not only this communication and friendship, but also violence, revenge, racism – and yet it's all played with a tongue-in-cheek humour. From the bizarre premise that Ghost Dog is a somewhat portly yet efficient hit-man who communicates only by carrier pigeon, you can see that this is most definitely a weird film – in fact, the kind you ether love or hate. I'm still undecided, so I 'll give it 3/5 stars – but it may be worth 4...
samurai from the streets
- Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai review by SW
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You rated this film: 5
One of my favourite films. Its got a bit of everything I like and more besides. Part gangster movie part martial arts movie with a lot of comedy and philosophy thrown in. Its beautifully shot and acted and manages to make something unique out of familiar elements.
Black comedy, style, cool soundtrack but its also a film with heart. Kicks ass all round!