Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Susah nak tengok Forest Whittaker nak jadi hero ni. Maklumlah, muka tak hensem. Tapi filem ni, beliau outstanding. Filem penuh dengan falsafah. Hanya untuk orang yang sabar. Kategori filem cult ni.

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 WuTang Clan, who have their own well-documented obsession with Asian culture. Ghost Dog was screened in competition at the ~1999 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

SKOR: 7/10

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