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Hideo Kojima Talks About His Favorite Movies

by Dan Ryckert on Mar 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM

While we were in Tokyo, Japan for our Metal Gear Solid V coverage, we had a chance to talk to Hideo Kojima extensively about his next title. We know he's a man of many hobbies, so we also chatted a bit about one of his favorites: Hollywood movies. While it seems that he has a couple of go-to films, he almost seemed flustered at the concept of picking a handful of favorites out of the thousands of movies he's watched. Read below to learn about his favorites that he was able to spotlight.

You’re a well-known film buff. What kinds of movies do you usually gravitate towards?

It’s mainly the movies that I watched when I was a teenager, so mainly movies from the '70s and a little before that. My favorite movies come from that era.

What are your favorite movies of all time?

By far in my lifetime, my favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Number two would be Taxi Driver. After that it’s in no specific order: Predator, The Great Escape, The Road Warrior, Blade Runner, Heaven and Hell from Akira Kurosawa, and Dawn of the Dead.

Are there any Eastern directors that you feel have done a good job of adapting to the Hollywood style?

I love John Woo. I’m getting older, so it’s getting harder to remember names of directors and movies. 

Are you a fan of more serious action movies like Terminator 2, or do you prefer campy ones like Commando?

Maybe more stylish movies; they’re fun.

Anything that surprised or impressed you?

My favorite movie last year was The Impossibles. I really liked Dredd and The Raid: Redemption; the stories are similar but I really like those two. One thing I loved about Dredd was that John Carpenter feel that they had in the movie.


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