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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

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

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A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by. Written by Scott Jarreau

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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$166,344 (USA) (3 March 2000)

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$3,300,230 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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The original US prints of the film had a printing error. In a scene where Ghost Dog and Raymond have a conversation in different languages, Raymond's dialogue initially not subtitled. When director Jim Jarmusch and the distributor caught wind of this, the original prints were pulled and re-struck versions with subtitles were released less than two weeks after opening. New York and Los Angeles audiences also got the opportunity to see the correct version for free if they had seen the original print without the subtitles. See more »

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Drains have traps, thus making it impossible to shoot someone through them. See more »

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords. Being carried away by surging waves. Being thrown into the midst of a great fire. Being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake. Falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease, or committing seppuku at the death of one's ...
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Cold Lampin With Flavor
Written by Flavor Flav, Hank Schocklee and Eric Sandler
Published by Read Music International, Inc. O/B/O Reach Back (BMI) and Def Songs, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A Tour de Force for Whitaker
27 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Men clinging to noble, outdated ideals in a world that no longer cares about such things: that's the concept here. Whitaker shows amazing strength and control in an antihero role that is necessarily secretive and subdued. Silva and Tormey turn in solid performances -- Tormey is especially poignant as the second-fiddle mafioso, torn between his admiration of Ghost Dog and his devotion to his own sempai (Silva).

The excellent soundtrack, courtesy of RZA, adds its own somber-yet-hip mood to the work. Jarmusch frames his characters on rooftops, on 'hood byways, in mansions, in the back rooms of Chinese restaurants, and everywhere there is a feeling of the walls closing in, of things coming to an end, of finality. See it. It's a good movie.


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