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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai | 1999 | R | - 2.7.10

Forest Whitaker plays a solitary contract killer for the mob who must defend himself against his employers when they decide they want him dead. Also with John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Henry Silva, Isaach De Bankolé, Tricia Vessey, Victor Argo, Gene Ruffini, Richard Portnow, Camille Winbush, Rob Kamphausen and Damon Whitaker. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A little sexual innuendo. We see a woman in a slip; also, we see a woman in her bra and panties and a man in his boxers and undershirt (it's implied that a man has stolen their clothing).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Lots of people are shot, sometimes repeatedly, usually resulting in bloody holes in their clothing; in one scene a man is shot in the chest and in the head (we see blood on his shirt and a small bloody bullet hole in his forehead), in another scene a woman is shot in the chest at close range and in another scene it's implied that a man is shot in the head (we see blood spray on a sink). A man clutches his chest and falls to the ground, presumably having a heart attack; also, a man who's been shot and has a bloody mouth coughs and appears to die. A few times we see a flashback of a bloody-faced man being kicked and beaten by three men; another man intervenes and shoots at least one of them. A boy throws objects out of a window at men standing on the street, a man karate kicks another man who seemed about to attack him, and a man hits another with a car door. Several instances of threatening with guns; in one scene a young girl aims and shoots an unloaded gun at a man. We see two hunters standing over a dead, non-bloody bear. A man shoots a bird, we see lots of dead birds lying on the ground (one of the birds is bloody) and we also see a bloody bird on a man's bed. We see several bodies lying on the ground after being shot and presumably killed; in one scene we see an aerial view of a dead man lying in a small pool of blood. We see a man with a little blood on his hands and face.

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LANGUAGE 10 - About 72 F-words, several anatomical references and slang terms, several scatological references (a couple are seen in subtitles), many mild obscenities (one is seen in a subtitle), some insults and some racial epithets.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Contract killers, murder, the Mob, Samurai principles, revenge.
MESSAGE - Even criminals and killers adhere to a moral code.
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