YMMV / Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: More than one actually. There are a couple interactions with seemingly unrelated characters. Such interactions include the men in red, the park freestyle rappers, the would be mugger getting roundhouse kicked (by Shi Yan Ming).
    • Ghost crosses paths with a man wearing all army gear played by the RZA, seemingly building to a showdown. When they meet they merely greet each other in a fashion that insinuates this man may also be a contract killer and part waysnote . This person is never seen nor mentioned again.
    • Ghost Dog encounters two strangers in the countryside who have killed a black bear out of season. He avenges the bear by killing both hunters without as much as a blink, arguing that the ancients saw bears as equal to humans.
  • Faux Symbolism: Ghost Dog has a meeting of the minds with a mysterious dog.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • A lot of small details about Ghost Dog's behaviour follow that of a samurai, without any additional exposition provided.
      • He takes his payment from Louie on the first day of autumn, a traditional time when daimyō was providing his samurais with their koku.
      • Another one is the way Handsom Frank is executed. Ghost Dog shoots him first in the stomach, then in the chest, then in the head. These shots follow the same pattern as seppuku, Japanese ritual suicide, in which the first cut with a sword or knife is made across the belly, the second cut up toward the sternum, and finally the suicide dips his head and is decapitated by his assistant.
      • The showy gun twirling used by him is recreation of the shiburi, the traditional samurai sword-cleaning twirl, adapted for handguns.
    • Right before the first scene with Pearline, Ghost Dog is eating an ice cream cone and watching four guys rhyming few benches away. The beat they use is form Raekwon's 1995 song "Ice Cream".
  • Lawful Neutral: Ghost Dog is utterly devoted to his samurai code. He can go seamlessly from mob hitman to nice neighborhood guy, balancing out to neutral territory.
  • Values Dissonance: In keeping with his ancient samurai code, Ghost Dog obeys Louie without question, even if this means becoming a hitman.
    • Ghost Dog's murder of the two hunters for killing a bear also qualifies, even if they were poaching.