In Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Forest Whitaker is a Y2K assassin guided by ancient warrior codes in director Jim Jarmusch’s cross-cultural take on the gangster flick. The hit-gone-wrong plot is incidental — the director is clearly more fascinated by intermingling Italian geezers and ghetto hustlers, all against Wu-Tang producer RZA’s brilliant score. The result — as dense as most Jarmusch films — is a mob flick for hip philosophy majors, with all the style and pretension that implies. B+
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Forest Whitaker, Cliff Gorman, Henry Silva, John Tormey; Director: Jim Jarmusch; Author: Jim Jarmusch; Producer (group): JVC Entertainment, Plywood Productions; Runtime (in minutes): 116; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Artisan Entertainment
Posted August 18 2000 — 12:00 AM EDT
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