Jarmuschian Emancipation: Ghost Dog

As a part of the project “Jarmuschian Emancipation”, in this post, I review “Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai” (1999), Jim Jarmusch’s first feature film after “Dead Man”. After a brief summary of the plot, I explain the ways to view Ghost Dog’s emancipation and cover several important and trivial facts about the film. I conclude by listing the factors I will later use to compare all the films of this project.

Caution: Although I don’t believe that knowing the end of a good movie can ruin the experience, I have to mention that in this review, I’m giving away the ending. So, in case you haven’t seen the film and seriously think you won’t enjoy the film knowing its ending, stop here and please do come back later.

The full article is openly accessible at Dianoetic.

4 thoughts on “Jarmuschian Emancipation: Ghost Dog

  1. I absolutely love your post. Have you ever noticed that the protagonists who role as a killer in Jarmusch’s films are passionate for art and music? (you just mentioned it in regard to this film). Also, Jarmusch has strangely been far from Hollywood’s mainstream. He is an American, but, his films look like most of the European’s art films. This genius manipulates all the familiar stuff in an unconventional way, although, this unconventionality is not in regard to the plot or filming techniques, but mostly through the concepts. In summary, Jarmusch’s understanding and narrativising of the past and present, in a way, remind me the Don Quixote story، a gentleman who has turned into the knight by reading romance medieval stories! The nice character who tries to emancipate the world for all wrong reasons and in the funniest, craziest and unknown ways as does Jarmusch.


    1. Your idea of Don Quixote is fascinating. I loved it and have to think more about it.
      And about the love of Jarmusch’s protagonists for art: that’s the main aim of “Jarmuschian emancipation” project. I’m trying to show how Jarmusch tries to show that the road to emancipation goes through arts and books.


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