Hideo Kojima's Movie Buddies Really Liked The E3 Metal Gear Solid Trailer

Metal Gear Solid has always been famous for its sprawling, cinematic trailers. That's been the case for as long as I can remember. It's almost as famous for its sprawling, cinematic trailers as it is for its sprawling, cinematic cut-scenes. Now this sort of content tends to irritate certain gamers, but Hideo Kojima's film making buddies? They love it.

On its official website today, Konami has posted a series of utterly gushing 'celebrity comments on the E3 trailer'.

Trust me, these comments are pretty gushing.

Take Nicolas Winding Refn for example — this is the director that made Drive and, more recently, Only God Forgives. Listen to this man gush.

Nicolas Winding Refn 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.

Seriously, I'm a fan of Kojima and his work. I honestly am. I even loved Metal Gear Solid 4. But yeah, I don't think the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio have entered Kojima's body. The spirits of Tom Clancy, Brett Rattner and Rolf Harris? Maybe. But not those other guys. Jesus.

Okay, that's probably a bit harsh. I should reiterate that I am a fan of Kojima's work.

Here's what Guillermo Del Toro had to say — at least he was a bit more restrained.

Guillermo Del Toro 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!

I can roll with that. The trailer was pretty spectacular.

Park Chan-Wook, the director of Old Boy and Stoker, said the following...

Park Chan-Wook 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.

"He has actually been making films in his own way already."

Yep. Let me just repeat this.

"He has actually been making films in his own way already."

That's the refrain of almost every single Metal Gear Solid detractor on every video game forum ever made.

You can find more of these comments on the official Konami site.


Comments

    What's with this article...

    Hideo Kojima's style:

    "it's good, no it's bad, no it's good, no it's bad."

      That's pretty much my experience with every Metal Gear Solid game ever. You endure that terrible parts for the frequent moments of actual genius.

        Not terrible parts just clunky or drawn out, so very average parts. That and it is like 10% average with 90% fantastic to brilliantly designed as an extreme trade-off.
        Hence totally worth it. *cough MGS3 and the tears it brings of emotional devastation from The Sorrow to The Boss.

      Yeah I felt that same about this article. Kind of a mixed message

    I always watch these trailers and cutscenes and think that I would love a feature-length MGS movie by Kojima (animated in the FOX engine, we don't need live action, really).
    But then I think about "feature-length" and realize a single movie is too short.

      OMG I would too love this. It would be so convoluted and confusing and awesome. But you're right, it would need to be a series of movies.

    Trailer good, music bad.

    Still the best MGS 5 trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Bu1lDD2So

      The music is AMAZING! It's stuck in my head "I'm NUUU -CLEAR"! Love it! Kind of gives me a Final Countdown vibe (from the Evangelion opening credits).

      I'm so sick of crappy dubstep or modern pop songs in game trailers. Music that will instantly date those trailers if we ever re-watch them in a few years. This song fits the game (Coming 1984!) the same way chip tunes fit retro pixel games. :D

      Last edited 27/06/14 4:28 pm

    I have never had issues with the length of cut scenes in MGS games - in fact, I've always looked forward to them, even in 4.

      I watched all the cutscenes from 4 from start to finish after finish the game (I didn't really want to play the game again though...). I love the shit out of his cutscenes and look forward to each and every one. But I am a fan of a good cutscene (or any really) in general.

    I can't believe you compared Kojima to Brett Ratner...
    Kojima HAS a style for one.

      Pretty f***ing ignorant comparison man. :(
      http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110528221450/vsrecommendedgames/images/c/c2/Icon_SAD_FROG.png

      I thought the Rolf Harris call definitely wasn't a MINOR insult.

      Ha..... too soon?

    It baffles me that the horrible ff movie can get made (and then redeemed by Advent Children) and this guy can't get a multiple movie/tv deal...

    I don’t think the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio have entered Kojima’s body. The spirits of Tom Clancy, Brett Rattner and Rolf Harris? Maybe.
    WTF? What the actual f*ck? Really!?

      It was just a joke. If you've spent any amount of time on this site, you'll know that I'm actually a pretty hardcore Kojima fanboy.

      http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/07/a-defence-of-metal-gear-solid-4-guns-of-the-patriots/

        But not those other guys. Jesus.

        You are correct: Kojima = Jesus.

    Seriously, I’m a fan of Kojima and his work. I honestly am. I even loved Metal Gear Solid 4. But yeah, I don’t think the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio have entered Kojima’s body. The spirits of Tom Clancy, Brett Rattner and Rolf Harris? Maybe. But not those other guys. Jesus.

    People seem to be pretty harsh in general when it comes to judging quality. 10 years ago, someone could have made this statement and not have it dismissed immediately, I truly believe that. Instead of assuming yourself consistently more knowledgeable than anyone speaking, can we perhaps just empathise and be all like "hm... these dudes seem to know their shit... I'll think about it, see what they're getting at". Might be nothing, I just find dismissal to be so very poisonous in every regard.

    I mean neither Clancy, Rattner or Rolf Harris EVER dreamt of trying to be as insightful or creative as Kojima. Kojima's crafted this strange style that almost exists on its own plane, it wants to comment on humanity's responsibility to the problems we create but also wants you to ogle magazines spread on the floor in the middle of an espionage mission. I mean, what's our rubric for judging something like that? And forgive me, but that kind of creative dreaming and musing is light years beyond what a Rattner or a Clancy could achieve. It's like saying Twin Peaks contains the spirit of Tommy Wiseau.

    far be it for me to question Kojima, but why he heck does snake smear somebody's ashes over his face?! That's not symbolic or deep, that's just creepy and weird.

    This is five minutes of Meh. People respond well to "emotional" music, but that's all that's going on; nothing special is happening onscreen, and certainly not cinematic art. It doesn't pass the "put it on mute and see if it's still good" test; do that and you'll be bored to tears for 90% of the long takes.

      Music's a part of cinema; do that to any film and they'll be crippled. 2001, Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars all would have plenty of boring parts, muted.

    no watermelons in trailer, will not play.

    i had almost no idea as to what was going on. And i studied screen and media.

    There seemed to be a fair amount of pain and rage at loss in the short. Also WTF is coming out of his head?

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