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Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai

116' - 1999 - Crime, Drama - Dialogue: French, English
Director: Jim Jarmusch Composer: RZA With: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey
Ghost Dog, a loner who lives in a ramshackle rooftop eyrie with only his loft of carrier pigeons to keep him company, is in thrall to a Mob henchman who saved his life years ago, in return for which he performs an occasional hit. Despite these activities, Ghost Dog is a spiritual type: himself African-American but fascinated by all things Japanese, he sees himself as a latter-day samurai, cleaving to an ancient philosophical ethos which, he realises, is rapidly becoming obsolete. When a contact goes awry, the small-time and comically inept Mafia family which has been hiring him determines he must die. Jarmusch creates a vivid portrait of a multi-ethnic, multilingual city full of oddballs each pursuing their individual obsession.

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Jim Jarmusch




Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey


Jim Jarmusch

Director of Photography

Robby Müller


Jay Rabinowitz


Jim Jarmusch, Richard Guay

More information


French, English

Countries of production

United States of America, Germany, Japan, France



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