Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a dark and quirky film that explores tensions between traditional warrior philosophies and modern criminal culture. Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) is a mafia hitman who follows Hagakure, the code of samurai warriors. He lives a life of solitude, spending most of his time caring for the homing pigeons he uses to communicate with his mobster boss Louie (John Tomey). When Ray Vargo (Henry Silva), the head of the mafia, takes out a hit on his daughter Louise's (Tricia Vessey) lover, Ghost Dog does his duty and executes the man. Unfortunately for Ghost Dog, Louise witnessed the murder, and to conceal his part in the death Vargo issues a hit on Ghost Dog. As his former employers close in for the kill, Ghost Dog begins to realize that he may be forced to make an impossible choice between preserving his life and preserving his honor.