Paramount at the Movies Presents: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai [R]
Movies | 05/26/2021 | 7:00PM
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All assassins live beyond the law… only one follows the code.
Jim Jarmusch combines his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller. In one of his defining roles, Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer working for a bumbling mob outfit, a modern man who adheres steadfastly to the ideals of the Japanese warrior code even as chaos and violence spiral around him. Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller, a mesmerizing score by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and a host of colorful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero.
Image credits: © 2020 Janus Films
Did you know?
- 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.
- Ghost Dog and Louie have differing recollections of their first meeting. This is a reference to the story in Rashomon (1950) where people give varying accounts of the same event.
- Many consider this to have been a “definitive role” for Whitaker. In a manner similar to his preparation for Bird, he again immersed himself in his character’s world; he studied Eastern philosophy and meditated for long hours “to hone his inner spiritual hitman.” Jarmusch has told interviewers that he developed the title character with Whitaker in mind; the New York Times review of the film observed that “It’s hard to think of another actor who could play a cold-blooded killer with such warmth and humanity.
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