Kojima discusses his five favorite movies

In an interview with IGN, Hideo Kojima named his five favorite movies, and explained what they mean to him and how they inspire him.

Blade Runner

What Kojima likes about this movie is how it creates a unique world, where cultures live together in a positive way, creating something full of life. It’s not an action movie, but a philosophical one. It is also a very artistic film.

(Blade Runner directly inspired Kojima’s game Snatcher.)


Mad Max 2

Kojima likes how the characters are very distinct, and viewers get a sense of their personality and their history without them having to explain it through words. The costumes and looks of the characters say a lot about them, as well as the way they move and their expressions, and this is something that really inspired Kojima.

(In a recent interview Kojima mentioned this movie when talking about MGSV. He explained how Snake’s emotions are also shown through the other characters around him.)

Heaven and Hell

A Japanese movie by Akira Kurosawa, which uses the camera and different lenses very effectively. The movie had a real impact on Japanese society and the way it looked at kidnapping. The fact that a creative work could really change society is something that had a great impact on Kojima. He himself would someday want to make a difference in the world through his games.


Taxi Driver

Kojima often felt lonely even with people around him, and the loneliness of the main character in Taxi Driver is one of the most important aspects of the movie. Kojima feels it’s sort of the curse of the creator, who creates to feel less lonely. Knowing that other people feel this way sometimes makes Kojima feel less lonely.


2001: A Space Odyssey

This is without a doubt Kojima’s favorite movie. Kojima wanted to be an astronaut, and this movie made him feel like he went to space. He explains that Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist. In the movie, a monolith comes down to earth, and the monkeys that gather around it evolve right there and then. Kojima feels the movie itself is like a monolith, and by watching it he can be pushed and evolve a little more.

(The names David -Snake- and Hal -Otacon- are an homage to this movie, as well as the way Peace Walker’s AI looks and how you dismantle it in the end)


Source: IGN

  • Shalashaska

    >”…Kojima mentioned this game when talking about MGSV.”

    Well darn, they’re already working on another Mad Max game?

    • My bad.

      • Shalashaska

        It happens.

        I almost didn’t spot it because I happen to make that specific mistake when speaking to people irl, it’s really embarrassing. “I really liked that new Captain America game,” “They made a new game?!” “Argh, movie I mean.”

        • No Place For Hayter

          I have a really hard time spotting minor errors because my brain always auto corrects it when I read it without letting me know, lol.

          You have The greatest profile ever created.

  • Golgari

    IGN should interview Kojima about his TOP 5 favourite videogames.

    Now that would be so much better IMO.

    • His list would probably contain Mario Bros and GTAIII. But movies are a big inspiration for his games, so I think it’s interesting to hear his list.

      • Janeo

        I think he is actually inspired far more by movies then games

        • No Place For Hayter

          I wonder how much games he actually plays if he has the time at all, considering how busy he is and the fact he watches movies and TV and reads books.

          • Janeo

            Yeah he always talks about the movies and tv shows he likes on twitter hardly every the games although I saw that he got titanfall the other day. Surly he would at least play the other stealth games like splinter cell and thief.

          • Not a lot these days.

      • glitchbomb

        He definitely has a boner or GTA.

      • Golgari

        I agree with you. I’m just saying that IGN should do another one. It is interesting to know what games Kojima likes.
        Yeah, his favourite games are Mario Bros, GTAIII and I think Half-Life. He mentioned it at BAFTA this year.

        • Black Arkham

          I didnt know that! I will rey to finde the article.

    • No Place For Hayter

      MGS 1, 2, 3, 4, and PW. lol.

  • No Place For Hayter

    Good to see some people have taste, sometimes I’m worried about Kojima’s influences being bad, but it’s good to see his all time favorites are great movies (Though after reading the book “2001: A Space Odyssey” became “a great movie that takes a steaming crap on the end portion of the book”)……Though I have not seen “Heaven and Hell” I’m a big foreign movie nut so I’m surprised to see a movie on his list that I have not at least heard of.

    • BigBossWantsYou

      The novel came out after the movie. They were being developed at the same time.

      • No Place For Hayter

        Considering I saw the movie and read the book you think I should know this, lol.

    • NegaScott128

      The “official” English title is High and Low.

  • Janeo

    I have only seen mad max 2 so I guess I have four or maybe three movies to watch since I don’t usually watch foreign movies

  • prothy

    I haven’t yet watched space odyssey so i gotta do it but i was kinda dissapointed he didn’t mention Miyazaki or Hitchcock

  • that number one, one of my favorite movies of all time, from one of my favorite directors too, kubrick really knew how to deliver good stuff (though i really like the other 4 films especially blade runner and taxi driver)


    From his selection I’d like to see Mad Max 2, Blade Runner, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Hmm… Here are mine.

    5. Avengers
    Yes. As a kid I was a big fan of the heroes. The build up to this. & then delivering too! Seeing a great amount of my childhood come to life on the big screen done perfectly is something that granted much happiness.

    4. The Matrix
    It brings a unique, jaw-dropping world unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. This movie is the definitive definition of bad-ass, action-packed movie! With a great sense of discovery and adventure. Bullet-time! Changed movies forever!

    3. Troy
    One of the best tales ever told on the big screen. Of an undefeated warrior finding his place. Of a prince fighting for the love of his life. Another prince fighting to protect his kingdom. A menacing king plotting to take over everything in sight. Ect. Movie was wonderful in almost every way possible. That undefeated warrior vs the prince – that was shocking!

    2. The Lion King
    This animated musical adventure film is just plain out captivating. I can watch this movie over & over and never get tired of it. Would love to share this movie with a future son or daughter of mine.

    1. Titanic
    It is more of a personal movie. When I first saw this movie…it REALLY blew me away. I have yet to see another movie that blows me away like Titanic did. It almost seemed like it was the perfect movie. It had everything. Idk. I can’t explain. You’ll just have to watch it. And I saw this film, not knowing anything about it, ten years after its release date. . . IF you haven’t seen this movie. Please, go in blindly. Do not watch a trailer or anything. Just go in blindly like I did & I promise you, it will blow you away.

    (Update; I’m on EXTREME difficulty on Sons of Liberty battling the Jet. After this I should have the Great Dane trophy!)

  • Ricardo Oe

    and about Snake Plissnken…escape from new york…?

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  • jack

    1. the dark knight
    2. the good the bad and the ugly
    3. taxi driver
    4. inception
    5. sorcerer

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