Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (DVD, 2001, Sensormatic)
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Premiere - Glenn Kenny (03/01/2000)
USA Today - Xan Brooks (05/01/2000)
Los Angeles Times - Eric Harrison (03/17/2000)
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (03/17/2000)
New York Times - A. O. Scott (03/03/2000)
Wall Street Journal (05/01/2009)
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (02/??/2000)
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- allegre3Feb 2, 2014by
This is a graet movie. I bought it because it is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think Forest Whitaker can do no wrong but think he's exceptionally brilliant in this. If you like Jarmusch, Whitaker, or RZA - check it out.
- clarionreadyOct 29, 2011by
instant classic. cast was perfect. pigeons were amazing. dog listened. soundtrack is dub worthy strait from the movie;)
Forest Whitaker is "Ghost Dog"!
- nino250exDec 29, 2011by
- 7775josephMar 8, 2007by
Forest Whitaker at his finest
A very serious movie, but with elements of humor. Forest Whitaker teaches us the code of the Samuri warrior through the course of this film. His relationships with the neighborhood girl, the ice cream man, and his 'guardian angel' help us see inside this assasin's complicated ethics. Not for the kids, but a very entertaining film with a soundtrack that keeps the contemporary feel of the film alive. I first read good reviews of this film when it was in the theaters and then watched some of it on IFC. I wanted to own this one.
- 9247082@deletedJul 3, 2006by
I have been looking for years for two of Jim Jarmusch's films, Dead Man and Ghost Dog. I finally decided to try ebay and wow, I have a neat source now for all my desires! I bought both of them.
Ghost Dog is an excellent film. Forrest Whitaker plays a modern day hit man that lives by the code of the Samurai. I love the way he travels almost invisibly through the scenes, reflecting the duality of life as we know it. I like the way Jim used the dog to bring in the Native American symbol of loyalty, and the homing pigeons as a way to convey the loyalty to home, the free flight of the birds underscored the invisibilty of Ghost Dog and the tie of the birds to their home underscored the 'bound by honor' tie of Ghost Dog to his master.
I also liked the way Jim portrayed the passing on of culture and the cycle repeating in the passing on of the book and the little girl becoming the new Samurai, almost invisibly, as her Mother does the dishes. I loved the way Jim did the scenes in which Ghost Dog was reading the pages in the book, how you could hear him read them, and how the words were shown to visually represent the actuality and timelessness of the thoughts.
I was really impressed how Jim used the young woman to represent the innocent in this tale. It was very new and creative and Jim did not take the predictable road. Although the Mafia family was pretty well dismissed as dysfunctional, it only added the contrast needed to fully develop the honor of Ghost Dog.
The musical score and the dark lighting gives the film a gritty underworld feel that makes you feel even more enlightened when Ghost Dog demonstrates the qualities of the Samurai.
The honor of Ghost Dog and the loyality to his master are truly the way of the Samurai. I love the way Jim Jarmush writes and directs! I love this film!Read full review