Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai  

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film takes place in a fictional Northeastern city and its environs in the present day United States. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog", an African American hitman in the employ of the Mafia, and who follows the ancient code of the samurai as outlined in the book of Yamamoto Tsunetomo's recorded sayings, Hagakure. The film's score and soundtrack is the first produced by the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.




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