As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
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This shortcut repeats the structure of Coffee and Cigarettes. This time, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits meet in a bar. But, again, we don't know why they agreed to do that in the first place, ... See full summary »
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
The character of Nobody is played by Gary Farmer, who also played a character named Nobody in Dead Man (1995). He has the same line in both movies: "Stupid fuckin' white man!" See more »
When Ghost Dog steals the second car, we see the instruments on the dashboard. As he flicks the ignition switch with his code-breaking gizmo the engine starts; still the needle on the tachometer does not move. See more »
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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The second to last person thanked at the credits' close is Akira Kurosawa--the Japanese filmmaker who filmed one of the Ghost Dog's central texts, Rashomon. See more »
Performed by Andrew Cyrille and Jimmy Lyons
Music by Andrew Cyrille with lyrics by Jeanne Lee
Published by Major 'A' Music (ASCAP)/Nai-Lyn Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Black Saint Records See more »
Jim Jarmusch has never been a part of the typical convention, and his Ghost Dog further embodies his unique position in Hollywood. Forrest Whitaker gives his best performance since The Crying Game, embodying the silent Ghost Dog who is cold, yet full of depth and intrigue. Sadly, this film didn't do as well as it should have, but then again, it was probably for the better. The select few who have seen this film will know they watched a rather special and different kind of film experience.
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