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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

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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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Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Ghost Dog
John Tormey ... Louie
Cliff Gorman ... Sonny Valerio
Dennis Liu Dennis Liu ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Frank Minucci Frank Minucci ... Big Angie
Richard Portnow ... Handsome Frank
Tricia Vessey ... Louise Vargo
Henry Silva ... Ray Vargo
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Old Consigliere
Frank Adonis ... Valerio's Bodyguard
Victor Argo ... Vinny
Damon Whitaker ... Young Ghost Dog
Kenny Guay Kenny Guay ... Boy in Window
Vince Viverito Vince Viverito ... Johnny Morini
Gano Grills ... Gangsta in Red
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Storyline

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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Live by the code. Die by the code. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official webpage in Poland

Country:

France | Germany | USA | Japan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,344, 5 March 2000

Gross USA:

$3,308,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,380,473
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Jarmusch stated in an interview that he wrote the role of Ghost Dog specifically for Forest Whitaker, and if Whitaker hadn't taken the role, the film probably would not have been made. See more »

Goofs

In the confrontation between Ghost Dog and Mr. Vargo just before Mr. Vargo is shot, two small irregular patches can be seen on Mr. Vargo's left lapel where the tiny charges are set that will simulate gunshots. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in The Job: Soup (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Armagideon Time
Performed by Willie Williams
Written by Willie Williams and Coxsone Dodd (as Clement Dodd)
Published by Jamrec Publishing (BMI)
Administered by Happy Valley Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Studio One/Heartbeat Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Remake
2 December 2005 | by threllySee all my reviews

Its a remake of "Le Samourai" An Alain Delon movie directed by Jean Pierre Melville in 1967. And its a bad one.

The original is a classic French film 'Noir" It didn't need remaking,

especially in a society where death is cheap, it just doesn't mean anything.

Its a bit like those other pointless remakes of "Get Carter", "The Italian Job", "Wings of Desire".

What next, The 'Rock' in a remake of "Lawrence of Arabia"

For gods sake, just leave these classic films alone.

I'm sure Jim meant well enough, but saying that he wrote the damn thing is going a bit far. If you are going to shamelessly plagarize, then at least have the decency to admit it !


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