Here is a belated best-of list from a game designer who claims that 70 percent of his body is made of movies.
Today, Kojima started up a YouTube show called HideoTube, and in this first episode, he lists his favorite films released in Japan last year. It’s a good list, covering an array of films and showing the game creator’s love of cinema.
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“No matter how hard you try and no matter what you do, people will complain [about Star Wars],” Kojima said. “There’s nothing to complain about.”
9. Fires on the Plain (Note: this was released in Japan last year)
“Movies like this are becoming fewer and far between. The [movie] business is a business, but this is a movie that was made to inform the youth.”
8. Straight Outta Compton
“Even though I don’t listen to much rap, I enjoyed this. It made me want to check out more rap... I really recommend this.”
7. The Intern
“This is good. It has an 1980s vibe to it... Different generations can enjoy it. Recently, there are that many movies that make you feel good after seeing them.”
6. Shaun the Sheep the Movie
“I actually saw this two times. It’s for kids, but even if adults see it, there is humor for them. The way they use music, for instance, is in a way that kids won’t appreciate... Adults who take their kids to see this can also enjoy the it.”
“It’s a little different than our current internet-based society, and it’s like it’s a little bit in the past, but tweaked for the present day. It was quite a scary film.”
4. Locke (Note: this was released in Japan last year)
“Tom Hardy is the only person who appears in this film. There are phone calls, but all you hear are voices. The camera is inside the car. And he’s driving for 86 minutes. But you don’t get sick of it, and there’s so much suspense.”
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service
“Some people might not like it, but there are poppy and fun scenes, and even vulgar bits, but I couldn’t get enough of that... The Kingsman is terrific.”
2. Whiplash (Note: this was released in Japan last year)
“I could recommend this film to anyone... It’s like watching an action film. The cutting and the tempo are like for an action flick.”
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
“If I started talking about this film, I could go on for 24 hours. George Miller is a god... I want to be like him. Which is impossible. In his 70s, making something like this. Making what you want to make, and then having it turn out to be a hit.”
Top GIF via KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS
To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.
Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.