Samurai Cinema

The NW Film Center's samurai series wraps up this week with Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Ghost Dog, Jim Jarmusch's 1999 mashup of hiphop, gangster flicks, and Japanese philosophy, is a lot sillier than you remember: Forest Whitaker plays a pigeon-loving mob assassin who subscribes to the tenets of bushido; his boss is one of the local mafia, a crew of perhaps the most ridiculous Italian stereotypes ever put on screen. Part awkward comedy, part woo-woo mumbo-jumbo, Ghost Dog works best as a dreamlike fable about the celebration of disappearing cultures. Still, don't take it seriously for a second.


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