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The movie is about codes of conduct, with 2 main codes that are dying
out or are dead.
One is the code of the Mafia the other is the Samurai.
The basic plot is this. One of the Mafia wiseguys must be killed as he
is having an affair with the daughter of the Mafia Don.
The person they get to do it is an African American who lives by the
code of the Samurai and goes by the name of Ghost Dog. To be honest, I
have met many Japanafiles so this is not so unbelievable.
But the code of the Mafia means that if you kill a wiseguy then you
must be killed or the Mafia person who hired him must be killed.
Jim Jarmusch makes movies where the characters close relations based on
only very small things. The Mafia wiseguy saved Ghost Dogs life, so now
he must be his retainer. He lives off the land (lives on a roof, steals
the cars and equipment he needs to do a job). There is also a
friendship between 2 people who don't speak the same language. It is
the connection between people that is so important here.
If you saw Dead man and like it, then you will love Ghost Dog. It is
funny, serious, dark, tragic and beautiful all at the same time. Dead
man missed the mark with some similar themes (though the DVD of Dead
man has some deleted scenes that would have made the movie much better
and reflected better the idea of small connections being strong
I loved this movie, and I don't expect everyone else to. Art house
movies have small audiences for this exact reason. I know a lot of
people who avoided this movie because they thought it was cheesy. The
answer is, yes it is, and most of the bad reviews reflect this same
Also I love the sound track, with lots of Phat beats, and uses Hip Hop
(African American culture) to reflect Japanese culture.
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