Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
I remember when we went to see Ghost Dog at the Nova in Carlton, I told the girl I’d gone along that she’d be swept up and taken away by it in the end, thinking of how I was at the end of ‘Dead Man’, Jim Jarmusch’s previous film. And I was totally right on this one – while most of Jarmusch’s other films don’t have the same feel, this and Dead Man are very closely aligned, where I think Jarmusch had hit the richest seam of his creative element. The soundtrack by RZA is amazing, the storyline is perfect and the subtle, and not-so-subtle contrasts and crossover references throughout the film are so good. I can listen to that soundtrack anytime and be taken back a simple scene of a pigeon flying above the city or gangsters watching 1950’s cartoons. Amazing.