We shall kick off 2016 with a discussion of Jim Jarmusch‘s 1999 film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Forest Whittaker stars as the titular American hitman who lives by the samurai code. When targeted by the mafia that he has been working for, the Ghost Dog finds himself forced to defend both his life and honour.
The core of Jarmusch’s film emphasises the subjectivity and uncertainty of perception and makes many references to Rashomon. It also shares themes with many other Kurosawa films, especially Yojimbo and Seven Samurai. The film should be widely and cheaply available for digital rental and purchase in most countries.
For those new to the film club, check out the film club page for a brief introduction and then join the discussion!