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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2020
UPC: 0715515252911
Original Release: 1999
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 14,761

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, supervised and approved by Director Jim Jarmusch; Alternate isolated stereo music track; New Q&A with Jarmusch, in which his responds to questions sent in by fans; New conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankole, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie; New interview with Casting Director Ellen Lewis; New interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple; Flying Birds: The Music of "Ghost Dog," a new video essay on RZA's score by filmmaker Daniel Raim; The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai, a 2000 program on the making of the film; Deleted scenes and outtakes; Archival interviews; Trailer ; English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: Essays by critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Greg Tate, a 2000 interview with Jarmusch, and quotations from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by the early-eighteenth-century monk Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
255. Chapters
1. Found In Death [10:13]
2. When One Thing Becomes Two [6:09]
3. Body and Soul [4:30]
4. The World As a Dream [12:40]
5. "Is That Your Dog?" [11:43]
6. Like a Hawk Taking a Bird [14:29]
7. The Space of Seven Breaths [2:00]
8. A Revengeful Ghost [5:15]
9. Powdered Rouge [4:17]
10. Dash in Headlong [4:41]
11. The Midst of Nothingness [6:53]
12. The Present Moment [5:09]
13. You Still Get Wet [4:22]
14. "The Spirit of an Age" [4:46]
1. Color Bars [18:40]
Disc #2 -- Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
0. Chapters
1. Intro [2:00]
2. In a Van? [2:23]
3. My Dad Loves This Movie [1:09]
4. The Boat on the Roof [1:55]
5. RZA's Score [2:07]
6. Cartoons [2:54]
7. Pigeons [3:28]
8. Live by the Code [1:57]
9. Henry Silva [5:10]
10. Repetition [2:11]
11. Language Isn't a Barrier [2:54]
12. In a Grove [1:36]
13. Tenderness [1:52]
14. Twenty-One [1:08]
15. Le Samourai [4:57]
16. Teenagers [2:10]
17. Forest Whitaker [2:42]
18. Music Durving Covid [3:39]
19. Chiburi [2:26]
20. Jersey City [1:14]
21. Hagakure [2:02]
22. Costume Design [1:58]
23. Samurai Films [2:04]
24. Freestyle [3:35]
25. Nobody [2:30]
26. Sante's Book Recommendations [3:12]
27. Public Enemy and Wu-Tang [2:58]
28. Chess and Poker [4:36]
29. Handmade Gear [1:39]
30. "Clevelanders" [2:34]
31. Lee Marvin Movies [1:44]
32. Night Nurse [3:35]
33. Outro [1:29]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [29:55]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [15:31]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [5:36]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [15:07]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [21:29]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [14:46]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [3:01]
2. Chapter 2 [:25]
3. Chapter 3 [:13]
4. Chapter 4 [1:44]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:06]

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