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Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Jim Jarmusch

He lives in a small hut on the roof of a tenement. Ghost Dog is a hitman and a lonely one at that: He receives his cases through carrier pigeons that he keeps in a cote near his hut, and his only media consumption is “Hagakure”, an old Japanese book about the codex of the Samurai. He lives off the assignments of a mafioso but at some point, his own head is wanted by the mafia. Jim Jarmusch’s gangster film starring Forest Whitaker is a homage to the film noir (and to films like “This Gun for Hire” and Melville’s “Le Samourai”) and impresses with its somnambulate atmosphere, through which Ghost Dog moves as if in trance. Among the many outsiders who crowd the films by Jim Jarmusch, Ghost Dog is the most silent – and the most mysterious.

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Direction Jim Jarmusch
Country France, Germany, USA, Japan
Year 1999
Duration 116 min
Language English, French with German subtitles
Production Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch
Co-production Diana Schmidt
Cast Forest Whitaker, Joh Tormey, Cliff Gorman
Script Jim Jarmusch
Editing Jay Rabinowitz
Music RZA

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About the director

"The American auteur filmmaker, actor and producer Jim Jarmusch is recognised worldwide as a pioneering icon of independent film and is one of the few true auteur filmmakers to retain control of the entire production. In a career spanning over 40 years, his works have won almost every major film award. With cult classics of American independent cinema such as NIGHT ON EARTH, DOWN BY LAW and COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Jarmusch, who took his first steps in the film world as a production assistant to Wim Wenders, has broken down conventional genre boundaries and shaped his very own style with an often laconic tone and a penchant for minimalist yet expressive black-and-white images. His unmistakable penchant for quirky characters not only attracts viewers, but also acting stars such as Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Forest Whitaker, Tilda Swinton and Steve Buscemi." Jim Jarmusch, published interview by the Filmmaker Magazine 1996

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