Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) - Parents Guide Movie Rating

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
MPA: R BBFC: 15 Maturity Rating 18+
MPAA Reason
Rated R for strong violence and language.

BBFC Ratings info
There are scenes of racism when white men refer to a black man as 'n****r' and 'coloured'. One man says that 'Indians', 'Puerto Ricans' and 'n****rs' are the 'same thing'. A Native American is referred to as a 'red n****r'. Another discriminatory term ('retard') is used during a rap song. The film features strong language ('motherf**ker', 'c**ksucker' and 'f**k') as well as uses of 'bitch', 'prick', 'shit', 'tits', 'asshole', 'God', 'hell', 'Christ' and 'damn'. This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy. Characters are shot, with sight of blood spurts and bullet wounds on impact. A group of men beat another man, with sight of his bloody facial injuries as they hit him. A hit man becomes targeted by the mafia, but the scenes of threat are not sustained. There is a scene in which a pair of hunters stand beside a dead bear, as well as a scene in which a man finds his pigeons slaughtered, including sight of one bird lying in a pool of blood.

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Sex & Nudity



Violence & Gore


A man is shot in the stomach and the head. Blood sprays and you see a large wound in his stomach and head. In a flashback, a boy is seen being beaten up by a bunch of people. With bloody results. A man is shot in the chest three times, blood sprays, but it is shown from a distance. A man is shot in the arm, blood spurts. A man goes on a killing spree in one scene, shooting more than 10 people. Little amounts of blood is shown. Two men are shot, one shown, one offscreen.



Racial slurs like "nigger" are used by the antagonists 29 f-words, mild profanities

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


some characters smoke

Frightening & Intense Scenes


Dark movie. Must be at least 15+ to watch