Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (The Criterion Collection)

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (The Criterion Collection)

Forest Whitaker
Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
, John Tormey
John Tormey
, Cliff Gorman
Cliff Gorman
Jim Jarmusch

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A surreal crime drama told as only Jim Jarmusch could, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai stars Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog, a hit man living in an unidentified but run-down city in what license plates call "The Industrialized State." Known for his gift of being able to come and go without people noticing him, Ghost Dog is a self-taught samurai who is obsessed with order and his strict personal moral code, drawn from the philosophies of the Japanese warriors. As every samurai needs a leader to whom he swears loyalty, Ghost Dog has devoted himself the service of Louie (John Tormey), a low-level crime boss who once saved his life. When Louie's superiors decide he must be executed, Ghost Dog leaps into action, methodically wiping out his many enemies. Along with a dizzying series of stylized shoot-outs, Ghost Dog also features carrier pigeons, characters who read Rashomon, a French-speaking ice cream man, and a score by RZA from the top-selling hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, who have their own well-documented obsession with Asian culture. Ghost Dog was screened in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2020
UPC: 0715515252812
Original Release: 1999
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 432

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Forest Whitaker Ghost Dog
John Tormey Louie
Cliff Gorman Sonny Valerio
Henry Silva Vargo
Isaach de Bankolé Raymond
Frank Minucci Big Angie
Tricia Vessey Louise Vargo
Victor Argo Vinny
Richard Portnow Handsome Frank
Gene Ruffini Old Consigliere
Camille Winbush Pearline
Chuck Jeffreys Mugger
Gary Farmer Nobody

Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Berner Production Designer
Ron Von Blomberg Set Decoration/Design
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Richard Guay Producer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Laura Rosenthal Casting
RZA Score Composer
Diana Schmidt Co-producer
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director

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