Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Live by the code. Die by the code.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1999-06-02
  • User Rating: 7.323/10 from 941 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 56min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Canal+
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America, France, Japan
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch
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An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. Jarmusch's spiritual gangster film tells the story of an inner-city hit man (Whitaker) who lives on a rooftop, training himself as a samurai in the strictest sense. He communicates primarily by carrier pigeon, while remaining loyal to a gangster (Tormey) who once saved his life.


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  • Forest Whitaker

    as Ghost Dog
  • John Tormey

    as Louie
  • Cliff Gorman

    as Sonny Valerio
  • Henry Silva

    as Ray Vargo
  • Isaach De Bankolé

    as Raymond
  • Tricia Vessey

    as Louise Vargo
  • Victor Argo

    as Vinny
  • Gene Ruffini

    as Old Consigliere
  • Richard Portnow

    as Handsome Frank
  • Camille Winbush

    as Pearline
  • Dennis Liu

    as Chinese Restaurant Owner
  • Frank Minucci

    as Big Angie
  • Frank Adonis

    as Valerio's Bodyguard
  • Damon Whitaker

    as Young Ghost Dog
  • Kenny Guay

    as Boy in Window
  • Vince Viverito

    as Johnny Morini
  • Gano Grills

    as Gangsta in Red
  • Touché Cornel

    as Gangsta in Red
  • Jamie Hector

    as Gangsta in Red
  • Chuck Jeffreys

    as Mugger
  • Yan Ming Shi

    as Kung Fu Master
  • Joseph Rigano

    as Joe Rags
  • Roberto Lopez

    as Punk in Alley
  • Salvatore Alagna

    as Punk in Alley
  • Jerry Todisco

    as Punk in Alley
  • Dreddy Kruger

    as Rapper in Blue
  • Timbo King

    as Rapper in Blue
  • Clay, Da, Raider

    as Rapper in Blue
  • Dead and Stinking

    as Rapper in Blue
  • Deflon Sallahr

    as Rapper in Blue
  • Gary Farmer

    as Nobody
  • Clebert Ford

    as Pigeonkeeper
  • José Rabelo

    as Rooftop Boatbuilder
  • Jerry Sturiano

    as Lefty
  • Tony Rigo

    as Tony
  • Alfred Nittoli

    as Al
  • Angel Caban

    as Social Club Landlord
  • Luz Valentin

    as Girl in Silver
  • Renee Bluestone

    as Club Couple
  • Jordan Peck

    as Club Couple
  • Jonathan Teague Cook

    as Bear Hunter
  • Tracy Howe

    as Bear Hunter
  • Vanessa Hollingshead

    as Female Sheriff
  • Sharon Angela

    as Blonde with Jaguar
  • RZA

    as Samurai in Camouflage
  • Vinny Vella

    as Sammy the Snake
Camera Robby Müller Director of Photography
Editing Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Production Ellen Lewis Casting
Directing Jim Jarmusch Director
Production Jim Jarmusch Producer
Writing Jim Jarmusch Writer
Sound Anthony J. Ciccolini III Sound Designer
Sound Anthony J. Ciccolini III Sound Effects Editor
Sound RZA Original Music Composer
Production Laura Rosenthal Casting
Art Ted Berner Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Neal Martz Special Effects Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up John Dunn Costume Design
Art Mario Ventenilla Art Direction
Production Richard Guay Producer
Art Ron von Blomberg Set Decoration
Directing Chiemi Karasawa Script Supervisor
Lighting Christopher Porter Chief Lighting Technician
Crew Drew Jiritano Special Effects Coordinator
Production Victor De Jesus Production Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Todd Kleitsch Special Effects Makeup Artist
Art Jeff Butcher Property Master
Sound Drew Kunin Sound Mixer
Sound Dominick Tavella Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Judy Chin Makeup Artist
Lighting Mark Schwentner Gaffer
Camera Rick Raphael Steadicam Operator
Camera Josh Steinberg Grip
Sound Daniel Pagan Sound Effects Editor
Lighting Michael J. Maurer Electrician
Lighting Jon Delgado Electrician
Camera Abbot Genser Still Photographer
Camera Scott Maguire Camera Loader
Costume & Make-Up Philip Saccio Jr. On Set Dresser
Camera Chaim Kantor Camera Operator
Costume & Make-Up Clifford Booker Hairstylist
Lighting Francesca Cobaco Electrician
Camera Gary Martone Key Grip
Camera Tally Morse Dolly Grip
Camera Rick Marroquin Dolly Grip
Lighting Ray Flynn Best Boy Electric
Production Diana Schmidt Unit Production Manager
Production Diana Schmidt Co-Producer
Art Shirley Belwood Assistant Property Master
Crew Jeanne Gilliland Cableman
Art Nathalie Cassegrain Art Department Coordinator
Camera Chris Beattie Grip
Sound Kevin Meehan Boom Operator
Camera Pedro Hernandez Best Boy Grip
Camera Katherine M. Butler First Assistant Camera
Production Lonnie Kandel Production Supervisor
Camera Douglas C. Hart First Assistant Camera
Directing Jude Gorjanc First Assistant Director
Directing Cindy Craig Second Assistant Director
Directing Jessica Piscitelli Second Second Assistant Director
Camera Christian Carmody Second Assistant Camera
Camera Sean O'Brien Grip
Camera Tim Kelly Grip
Visual Effects John Furniotis Visual Effects
Visual Effects Don Nolan Visual Effects