Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
SCORE: 3 Stars
Director Jim Jarmusch impressed the panel (I don't know about RC) with
his stylistic, bloody, cult classic "Dead Man."
Forest Whitaker plays "Ghost Dog." He's a hit man from the
inner city that has taken the code of the samurai. Ghost Dog's involvement
with the mafia had always been a lucrative two-way street. Through an
unfortunate miscommunication, however, the mob is now after Ghost Dog.
The fate of Johnny Depp in Dead Man is similar to the fate of Forest
Whitaker in Ghost Dog. Jarmusch has a theme of plunging his heroes into a
spiraling descent into chaos and violence. The difference here is that
Ghost Dog's code allows him to be the instigator, while Depp's character
grew to legendary status while on the lam.
Ghost Dog is far from a perfect film. For example, it doesn't have the haunting, dream-like feel of the superior Dead Man. Still, Jarmusch has created an independent feature of merit. The most impressive thing is that I don't think he had to try too hard.