Ghost Dog is a hypnotic, eccentric and reflective film that is wonderfully typical of the intensely independent Jim Jarmusch.
Rather than being an archetypal action movie, Ghost Dog is more character-driven and revels in the quieter showdowns. It is edgy, unconventional and innovatively combines old-world samurai traditions and gangster lifestyles steeped in honour. It's possibly one of the most original movies ever made, but it's not for everyone.
Its structure, multi-level meanings and bizarre nature may be more pleasing to a cult-film enthusiast rather than a general movie-goer. The film has a superb sense of humour and glides through a myriad of different themes including loyalty, honour, friendship, race, literature and even, bizarrely, hip-hop.
Ghost Dog is brimming with surprising characters and great performances, notably by Forest Whitaker who plays a calm and lonely assassin who wanders effortlessly from harmony to composed ferociousness. His only friend is a Haitian ice-cream seller who does not speak the same language as him. Ghost Dog is completely detached from reality and uses the code of the Samurai as a guide for his life. He does contract killings for a gang of Italian gangsters, but one day a hit goes wrong and Ghost Dog finds himself as the target.
Ghost Dog is beautifully written, stylish and meticulously structured film, with an inspiring topsy-turvy design. It's insightful storyline and warm wit is a tribute to the traditional values of friendship, honour and loyalty, however, be warned, its bizarre approach isn't for everyone!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Ghost Dog lives in a shack on the roof of a disused building He lives his life according to the Hagakure The Way Of The Samurai He is employed by a small-time gangster family and when they betray him he sets out for revenge Age Rating 15
Killer-for-hire Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) lives his life by the ancient Samurai code Hagakure. When his sometime employer Louie (John Tormey) hires him to assassinate gangster Handsome Frank - at the behest of Mafia don Ray Vargo (Henry Silva) - Ghost Dog carries out the job. However, when Vargo discovers that there was a witness to the killing, he orders the reluctant Louie to have Ghost Dog taken out. After Vargo's men ransack his home and slaughter his beloved pigeons, Ghost Dog vows to revenge himself on the crime bosses in true Samurai fashion.