At E3 2014, Konami showed the latest trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Various famous movie directors and producers from around the world had a lot of praise for this trailer, and for Kojima’s work in general. Here is what they had to say.
Avi Arad (Film Producer: Spider-Man, X-Men)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a stunning presentation. The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come to expect from Mr. Kojima. Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience. For me, the sight of the Diamond Dogs and Snake putting the ashes on his face with multiple urns make me believe that a lot of history is going to be dealt with. If one listens carefully to the amazing song, Nuclear by Mike Oldfield, it is fantastic story telling that gives us enough of a window to know we are about to embark on another emotional masterpiece by Mr. Kojima. Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake is just fantastic while raising the drama, and makes us long to play the game.
Nicolas Winding Refn (Director: Drive, Only God Forgives)
Watching the trailers for MGSV makes you wonder if the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio entered Hideo Kojima’s body because, using the art of gaming as his canvas, he boldly goes where no one has gone before.
The trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, prove once again that Hideo Kojima is a master at portraying a wider and more complex view of human nature combined with breathtaking action sequences. A daring and bold move from one of the founders of the future of technology. With Metal Gear Solid V, Hideo Kojima has created the perfect marriage of cinematic storytelling and cutting edge gaming technology. For me, it all culminates into one word: Genius.
Guillermo del Toro (Director: PAN’S LABYRINTH, PACIFIC RIM)
Kojima-San remains a massive inspiration for me and METAL GEAR continues to deliver the edgy, vital, jaw-dropping world and feel that we have come to expect but it pushes the envelope every single time. It is a window into the future of the medium and its breathless narrative and artistic expansion. Amazing!
PARK Chan-wook (Director: OLDBOY, STOKER)
I have always been thinking that I want to see a film directed by Mr. Kojima, but after seeing the latest trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, I realised I was wrong.
He has actually been making films in his own way already.
Metal Gear Solid games are already films, the films of the future.
Shinya Tsukamoto (Film Director: Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Vital, Nightmare Detective)
Intense, crazy, deep Kojima world. By the time you finish this game, you should be changed into a completely new person.
Norman Reedus (Actor: The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints)
Wow! That is AMAZING!
So beautiful … So well done.
You guys created such an incredible piece of art.
Kiefer Sutherland (Actor: 24: Live Another Day, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (as Snake))
This is arguably one of the most exciting new frontiers in entertainment. It was an honor and a privilege to work with Kojima who is at its forefront.
It seems like Hideo Kojima and his team can be satisfied with their work.