Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

ghostDirector: Jim Jarmusch

Writer: Jim Jarmusch (Screenplay)

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Richard Portnow, Tricia Vessey


Plot: An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Unique Crime Drama


Story: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai starts as we meet Ghost Dog (Whitaker) himself, a man who has been studying the samurai way of life, the honour in the kill which makes him stand out as a hitman.

When this quiet hitman completes his latest job, he finds himself being targeted by the mob bosses he works for and he ends up having to use his skills to defend himself while keeping his honour.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a crime drama that takes things in a slow direction you wouldn’t have thought it could have gone. The quite hitman is unusual to have in the story as we see his pure heart to nature and people but when he is asked to kill he does the job without blinking.

The story is pretty routine, crime boss wants to kill hitman who once worked for him for a job not going wrong but performance wise Whitaker shines showing he has the ability to be a string of different characters you wouldn’t expect and this is one you couldn’t have seen him as. The rest of the characters are very generic but the unique twist on the Ghost Dog character works well.


Overall: Unique but by the books crime drama that only shines from the hitman difference.





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