The Elegant Machete

Ghost Dog.
It came out in 99. Afterwards I bought a copy of the Hagakure.
It had a dope cover and some true pearls of wisdom about politics and the value of patience and perseverance. It also told me how to scrape off a person’s face, in order to help preserve his skull. That hasn’t come in handy yet.

In this scene, Forrest Whitaker, who plays Ghost Dog, runs through a handful of martial disciplines, many of them badly. The way he handled the machete, however, made my jaw drop. It was the first time I’d seen it deliberately used as a weapon, rather than an instrument of opportunity.


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