Hideo Kojima’s 10 Favorite Movies


Hideo Kojima is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, creating iconic games that have captured the imagination of gamers. It’s also clear that many of his games are heavily influenced by movies, and Kojima has never shied away from those influences. He even wrote an entire series of blogs on his website where he discussed his influences.

In the last of the blog posts, he listed his favorite movies that influenced his games, especially Solid metal gear. In that article, he listed the movies he based the game on, some all-time classics he loved, and then 30 other movies he considers his all-time favorites. While that totals over 40 films, there are several that he thinks people should absolutely watch among his favorites.

ten Django (1966)

Django with his weapon.

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In his entry on Django, Kojima said he loves spaghetti westerns, and it’s a cult favorite in the genre. “It led to Ocelot, among others, and that movie is my favorite of them all,” he wrote. “Django’s songs are good. He was the inspiration for Boktaithe main character.”

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Django was also a personal favorite of Quentin Tarantino and had a direct influence on his film, Django Unchained. In the film, Django is a soldier turned vagrant who becomes involved in a battle between Mexican revolutionaries and Confederate Red Shirts.

9 Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Zombies rush into the elevator in Dawn of the Dead.

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Kojima also added dawn of the dead to his list of favorite films and considered it one of the films that influenced Solid metal gear. In this film, George Romero took the idea of ​​the dead raising and attacking the living, then turned it into a critique of capitalism.

The film features survivors of a zombie apocalypse who take refuge in a large shopping mall. While there, they enjoyed the high life until a biker gang broke in and the zombies followed. How it influenced Solid metal gear is a mystery, but it’s not a surprising choice as a favorite movie.


8 Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes.

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Kojima also added Planet of the Apes to his list of favorite movies that influenced Solid metal gear. This is the original 1968 film, which starred Charlton Heston as an astronaut who lands on a planet ruled by apes, while humans are kept in cages.

The movie also has one of the most iconic endings in movie history when it turns out to be a version of Earth where apes conquered humans, as evidenced by the Statue of Liberty destroyed.

7 The Great Escape (1963)

The Cooler King on his motorcycle in The Great Escape.

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The great Escape was another film that Kojima says influenced him when making games. When talking about the movie, Kojima said “I wanted to make games from ‘The Great Escape’ movie. It’s the beginning. The tension while avoiding the spotlights on the floor and the wall crawling forward.”

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It’s very similar to what fans got in gameplay from Solid metal gear. A lot of the game was sneaking around and staying out of sight, and that was where that influence came from.

6 The Guns of Navarone (1961)

The cast of the Guns of Navarone.

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The cannons of Navarone is a 1961 war film based on Alistair MacLean’s novel of the same name. The film was about an Allied commando unit setting out to destroy an impregnable German fortress. The cast is top-notch, with Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn leading the way.

Kojima used a lot of stuff from that movie in Solid metal gearincluding having a warrior infiltrating a fortress on a mission impossible, as well as the idea of ​​the warrior climbing the cliff.

5 Channel (1957)

Stokrotka and Jacek in Kanat.

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Perhaps the least known film on Kojima’s favorites list is the 1957 film Channel. According to Kojima, “Most people would probably choose Ashes and Diamonds as their favorite [Andrzej] Wajda’s films, but I prefer this one. He had a great influence on MSGalso.”

The film is about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and shows resistance fighters escaping Nazi attack. The chase went through the city sewers, and much of that escape under the city was obviously influential.

4 Escape from New York (1981)

Snake Plissken in Escape from New York.

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It’s no shock to know that John Carpenter Escape from New York is on Hideo Kojima’s list of favorite movies. It was Snake Plissken from Carpenter’s film which was a clear basis for the design of Solid Snake from Solid metal gear.

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In Solid Metal Gear 2, Solid Snake even used the name “Iroquois Pliskin” as an alias. From the eye patch to the gruff voice and beard, it’s clear that Kojima had Snake Plissken in mind when designing his game.

3 Yojimbo (1961)

Sanjuro comes out of the fog.

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In the list of his favorite movies, Hideo Kojima also watched Japanese movies and it should come as no surprise to see Akira Kurosawa on the list. The movie he rated from the master filmmaker was the 1961 samurai movie Yojimbo. He called it “One of my favorite Kurosawa films, with Up and down and Seven Samurai.”

Even American fans know the story from Yojimbo has been made into movies like a handful of dollars and later the Bruce Willis film Last man standing. The movie is about a lone ronin who arrives in a town and pits two crime lords against each other to save the town.

2 The Pink Panther (1963)

Inspector Clouseau investigates in The Pink Panther.

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When it comes to The pink Panther, Kojima listed five films in the series among his favorites. This included the original, as well as sequels to the 1978 film, revenge of the pink panther. These films focused on the unfortunate Inspector Clouseau.

“My favorite comedic actor is the late Peter Sellers. I like almost all of the Edwards and Sellers films together, although the Pink Panther movies are the best (aside from the ones that don’t feature salespeople),” he wrote. “That’s where MSG takes his sense of humor.”

1 North by Northwest (1959)

Roger running from the plane in North by Northwest.

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Another film which, according to Hideo Kojima, influenced Solid metal gear was Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece from north to northwest. The film tells the story of an ordinary guy played by Cary Grant who found agents of a mysterious organization chasing him across the country when they mistakenly identified him as someone else.

As for Kojima, he used Hitchcock’s camerawork and scene blocking a lot in his games. This included limited perspectives, bird’s eye views, and tilting the camera to show distance to the enemy.

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