Hideo Kojima's Hit List: Fifteen movies that influenced Metal Gear Solid.

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http://ps3.ign.com/articles/946/946274p1.html

There's no doubting that Hideo Kojima loves movies. Nor has the Metal Gear series founder ever been shy about the influences cinema has had on his gaming work.

Today, Kojima got very specific on the matter as he listed 15 films that had an influence on the Metal Gear series. This was done as part of a campaign with Tsutaya, a Japanese retailer that specializes in media and movie rentals.

Here's the full list of Kojima's inspirations. We've included a short summary of the commentary that Kojima provides (in Japanese) at the Tsutaya campaign page.

The Guns of Navarone
Served as the basis for Metal Gear's infiltration game concept

The Great Escape
Provided hints for Metal Gear's gameplay

Goldfinger
The 007 series had the most influence on Metal Gear's birth, according to Kojima. He believes Goldfinger has the most entertainment value of all the Connery Bond flicks.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Snake and Otacon's real names of David and HAL were taken from this movie

Planet of the Apes
Gave Kojima the courage to put anti-war messages into a game.

The Deer Hunter
Snake's bandana is taken from this movie, not from Rambo.

Dawn of the Dead
Served as a hint for Metal Gear's hide-and-seek gameplay

Full Metal Jacket
The sniper scene in the second half of the movie influenced MGS1's Sniper Wolf.

Predator
Provided hints for MG3 and MGS4's camouflage systems.

Die Hard
Provided hints when Kojima and crew ere trying to figure out how to go from Metal Gear's 2D gameplay to Metal Gear Solid's 3D gameplay.

Heat
Made Kojima decide to give Metal Gear realistic gun fights rather than Hollywood-style gun fights.

Black Hawk Down
The atmosphere, color and lighting were references for MGS4's opening Middle East sequences.

Children of Men
The lengthy single shot sequences provided hints for MGS4's documentary touch and hand-held camera style.

The Bourne series
Kojima believes that this movie changed the style for action movies to come.

Casino Royale
Kojima didn't really say how this particular Bond film influenced Metal Gear, although the opening credits for the movie did make him think back to MGS3's trailers.

Perhaps by watching some of these, you could end up making the next Metal Gear for yourself!
I have seen most of these and can remeber some similarities.
 
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Some great movies in there. I own 6 of them.
Heat, FMJ and Black Hawk down would be my favorite 3.
 
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[QUOTE="kuijo, post: 0]I don't see Escape from LA? (or New York)

The movie that almost defined snake.[/quote]

Yeah, I thought Kojima had said that Escape from New York is his favourite movie and Kurt Russell's character is called Snake Plissken, right?
 

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Full Metal Jacket
Predator
Die Hard

Probably 3 of my favortie movies Predator is my the no.1 out the 3 and it's my fav Sci-Fi Alien just look kick *** and I love his weapons and the way he looks with his mask.
 

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OK, how is Escape from New York not on there? Or Blade Runner/Terminator? Or Lethal Weapon? Kojima blatantly ripped off all those movies for his biggest 3 titles(Metal Gear, Snatcher, Policenauts, respectively.
 

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[QUOTE="OdinsLaw, post: 0]I've tried sitting through Blade Runner 3 times. can't do it. It's brutally boring.[/quote]

It is slow, I won't deny that, Blade Crawler is a common nickname for it. Most of Ridley Scott's films are notoriously slow in the beginning. Still one of my personal favorite movies, though.
 
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Surprised to see Children of Men had influence on Kojima. Glad to see he found greatness in that movie as some of my classmates and I do as well.
 
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[QUOTE="RedDragon7, post: 0]Surprised to see Children of Men had influence on Kojima. Glad to see he found greatness in that movie as some of my classmates and I do as well.[/quote]

Hey.

That movie was utterly amazing, and I felt it didn't get the attention it deserved. It is cool to see that Hideo took notice.
 

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im quite surprised, no escape from new york in that list? he did mention that the name "snake pliskin" and the eyepatch came from the character in escape from new york
 
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[QUOTE="Rapture, post: 0]Hey.

That movie was utterly amazing, and I felt it didn't get the attention it deserved. It is cool to see that Hideo took notice.[/quote]I apologize if my post read as anything contrary to that statement.

The long *** scene near the end with Clive Owen dodging the fight while trying to get to the baby was quite a film making marvel, going from one composition to another seamlessly. Credit also going to Clive for being the actor having to run through that maze as accurately as possible.

As one of my free lance classmates noted: the blocking superb.