Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 1999.
Idiosyncratic director Jim Jarmusch pays homage to the samurai movie with a hybrid of the hip hop and mob genres.
Forest Whitaker plays a stealthy hitman trying to stay true to ancient Japanese codes of warrior honour. Showing mercy to a witness to one of his hits, however, sets him at odds with his mafioso boss.
With typically eccentric Jarmusch touches, 'Ghost Dog' is a hauntingly poetic and obliquely funny gem.