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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

HD   R Closed Captioning

Jim Jarmusch

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About the Movie

Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker stars as Ghost Dog, a professional hit man who lives by the ancient code of the samurai, and communicates only by carrier pigeon. When compassion compels him to leave a witness alive, the mafia decides to get rid of him - but Ghost Dog is not that easy to find, and even harder to kill. From acclaimed writer-director Jim Jarmusch and featuring music by RZA.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 94
  • Fresh: 77
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai brings the minimalist director who found fame with 1984's Stranger Than Paradise back to the land of the living. – Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Rueful, funny, deliciously off-kilter. – Eric Harrison, Los Angeles Times, Jan 28, 2006

Fresh: Ghost Dog is... a delight for those who know his work, maybe a mystery for those who don't. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Ghost Dog is muddled and aimless. – Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Another high quality show for intelligent viewers

Forrest Whitaker never lets you down. Excellent Show.

Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

This movie represents another brilliant offering from Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker gives a gripping performance as the hit man who incorporates the Samurai code of bushido into his profession. The movie has a great cast of supporting actors (Isaach De Bankolé, recently appearing in Casino Royale and 24: Redemption). This movie has depth and complexity, and it plumbs the depth of the human soul and it's motives, loyalties, and darker nature. If you appreciate Jarmusch as well as Forest Whitaker, then this movie is a hidden gem. It does contain scenes of violence, how could it not, considering its title, so keep that in mind. Great flick!

Absolute Crap

A 7 year old has a better understanding of film pacing. This 'movie' is a complete waste of time and money. I love Jim Jarmusch and The Whit, but seriously, this is horrible.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2000

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