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Hideo Kojima selects fifteen influential films

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

–Jan 20, 2009, 19:05, Tokyo–Media retailer Tsutaya kicked off a campaign today in celebration of Metal Gear Solid 4 and Hideo Kojima. The retailer has set up a corner showing off the fifteen films that Kojima lists has having influenced the MGS series .

For those without access to Tsutaya shops, the online arm of the retailer is taking part as well and has opened a special campaign site.

According to the site, Kojima selected the following titles as having had an influence on the award-winning series:

  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Great Escape
  • Goldfinger
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Predator
  • Die Hard
  • Heat
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Children of Men
  • The Bourne series
  • Casino Royale

At the Tsutaya page, Kojima offers short comments for these movies. He says that the 007 series had the most influence on Metal Gear’s birth. Black Hawk Down was used as a reference for the lighting, color and atmosphere in the opening Middle Eastern section of MGS4. Regarding 2001, he notes that Snake and Otacon’s real names, David and HAL, come from the Kurbick classic. Die Hard offered hints for the conversion to 3D with the original Metal Gear Solid. Regarding The Deer Hunter, he says that while many believe Snake’s bandana comes from Rambo, it’s actually from Robert De Niro’s character in this movie.

The online site is also holding a present campaign. Interested parties can fill out their name and address information at the site to win a special MGS4-themed head-phone set, MGS4 t-shirts, and MGS4 character stickers.

The site also has one inactive section that’s listed as "coming soon."

To view this campaign in the flesh, head out to one of the following Tsutaya shops:

  • Tsutaya Sapporo Kotoni (Hokkaido)
  • Shibuya Tsutaya (Tokyo)
  • Shinjuku Tsutaya (Tokyo)
  • Tsutaya Shinbashi (Tokyo)
  • Tsutaya Nishi Gotanda (Tokyo)
  • Tsutaya JR Nakano Station (Tokyo)
  • Tsutaya Sbisubashi (Osaka)
  • Tsutaya Bellparle Route 1 (Osaka)
  • Tsutaya Abenobashi (Osaka)
  • Tsutaya Matsui Yamate Station (Kyoto)
  • Tsutaya Commercial Mall Hakata (Fukuoka)
  • Tsutaya Fukuoka Tenjin (Fukuoka)

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