in about 100 words or less
France/Italy 105m, Colour
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville; Cast: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier
A crime drama, The Samurai is the story of Jef Costello, a hitman who is portrayed as a cool and calculated killer who lives a solitary life. Despite his rock-solid alibi, his latest “job” gets him in trouble with not only the police, but with his employer. Evading the efforts of both, Costello finds himself fighting for his life while trying to evade the authorities. Melville’s use of muted colours and minimalist dialogue are effective in creating a sense of isolation and loneliness in this film which has inspired the likes of The American (2010) and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000) (Klaus Ming December 2015).