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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Jim Jarmusch, USA, 1999, 116m, R
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Jarmusch's engagingly offbeat variation on the hitman thriller finds Ghost Dog (Whitaker) under threat from the wiseguys who've been using his ultra-efficient services after the boss's daughter witnesses one of his killings. Onto this basic storyline, Jarmusch grafts an unlikely but coherent variety of moods, motifs, themes and gags: the Mob, though themselves memorably eccentric, simply can't cope with a black killer who communicates by carrier pigeon and lives by the ancient code of Japanese samurai. 

(Time Out)