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Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai has got a new 4K restoration heading our way

Jim Jarmusch’s 90s classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, gloriously restored in 4K and making its UHD debut, is a superbly sharp, unique thriller featuring a magnificent lead performance from Forest Whitaker (Bird) in an iconoclastic mix of hip-hop, gangster movie and martial arts, with influences from Kurosawa, Suzuki and Melville.

Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog) lives above the world, alongside a flock of birds, in a homemade shack on the roof of an abandoned building. Guided by the words of an ancient samurai text, Ghost Dog is a professional killer able to dissolve into the night and move through the city unnoticed. When Ghost Dog’s code is dangerously betrayed by the dysfunctional mafia family that occasionally employs him, he reacts strictly in accordance with the Way of the Samurai.

Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller (Paris, Texas), a sublime score by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and a host of colourful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero. Described by Time Out as “very funny, insightful and highly original”, the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and remains one of Jarmusch’s best-loved films.

Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor Oscar and Best Actor BAFTA for The Last King of Scotland and won the Best Actor award at Cannes for Bird. Jarmusch won awards at Cannes for his debut Stranger Than Paradise and for 2005’s Broken Flowers and won the Audience Award for Only Lovers Left Alive at SXSW festival. Jim Jarmusch wrote the role of Ghost Dog specifically for Whitaker and it remains one of his most memorable roles.

GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI is available to buy on 4K UHD, Limited Edition UHD Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 23rd October 2023, and available to pre-order HERE.


  • Ghost Dog – The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Original Trailer

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