Cool Killers

Cool Killers

2 Episodes

The hit-man thriller gets a shot of postmodern cool in a pair of stylish crime dramas built around solitary, Zen heroes. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and Japanese lone-warrior mythology, Jean‑Pierre Melville’s LE SAMOURAÏ features a career-defining performance from Alain Delon as a contract killer who lives according to his own moral code. Three decades later, Jim Jarmusch tipped his hat to Melville’s vision with GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI, a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape that features an equally commanding performance from Forest Whitaker as a latter-day incarnation of Delon’s stoic assassin.

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Cool Killers
  • Le samouraï

    Episode 1

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1967 • France, Italy

    In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture--with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology--mav...

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1999 • United States
    Starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

    Jim Jarmusch combined his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take o...