Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima Reveals His Five Favorite Films


Hideo Kojima, director of Death Stranding, spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about his five favorite films of all time: here’s what they are and why.

Hideo Kojima, director of Death Stranding, spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about his five favorite films, films that inevitably influenced his most recent work.

The list of Kojima includes almost exclusively large international classics, with the author’s evidence related to each production. Here it is:

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
“That movie is like a monolith for me: every time they show it at the cinema, I go back to see it,” said Kojima. “A real space experience, exploration before man even set foot on the moon. I always wanted to become an astronaut when I was a kid, but Japan didn’t have NASA.”

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
“Growing up, most of my friends wanted to work in a bank or a large company, while I wanted to become a director. (…) After seeing Taxi Driver and Travis, I felt an enormous resemblance between that character and me. (…) It relaxed me to think that there were other people like me (…) and I wanted to put that kind of feeling into Death Stranding. “

“George Miller is my definitive mentor, I went to see Fury Road seventeen times in the cinema. (…) I can’t say in one word how beautiful this film is. There are very few dialogues, yet the protagonist stands out so much visually, for how it moves. “

Anatomy of an Abduction (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
“Stanley Kubrick, Hitchcock, Kurosawa: my father always showed me the films of these directors, whether I liked them or not. I chose Anatomy of an Abduction of Kurosawa because it is a film a bit different from the others: it is based on a story by Ed McBain and speaks of a kidnapping. (…) Entertainment is not an end in itself, it leaves a trace in people’s hearts and pushes them to create something. “

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
“When it came out I went to university. I went to see it alone, in Japan, they only screened it for two weeks. Probably there have been similar reactions in the United States after the release: nowadays this film is considered a classic, but in the beginning, he had received a lot of criticism. Maybe it will be the same for Death Stranding (laughs)! “