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Bfi Black Star Season: Ghost Dog Way Of The Samurai

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Kinokulture, Oswestry (0.0 miles)

9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN
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This surreal and stylish fable stars the imposing Forest Whitaker, a genuinely unique screen presence, as a self-taught samurai hitman who finds himself marked for death by the mafia. Ghost Dog is a meditative, alienated presence, deploying violence only according to the strict codes of the samurai. When a hit goes wrong, he must avenge himself by tackling the mafia’s worst men.

Blessed with stunning cinematography from Robby Müller and a brilliant original score from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (who also cameos), this is an intoxicating and strangely moving fusion of gangsta, gangster and ninja worlds. Jim Jarmusch, taking a major leap in his filmmaking, riffs on Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï as well as the classics of the gangster genre and many of the martial arts classics beloved by hip-hop artists. With thanks to BFI and Ashley Clarke.

'Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre.' *Empire*

'At once a tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, friendship and professionalism, and a stylish, ironic pastiche inspired by the likes of Melville and Suzuki, it's very funny, insightful, and highly original.' *Time Out*

Director: Jim Jarmusch

USA 1999

Run time: 116 mins

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