"Metal Gear Solid V" Trailer Gets Heaps of Praise from Film Directors

Nicolas Winding Refn, Guillermo del Toro, and more weigh in

It's no secret that Hideo Kojima has always wanted to get in on filmmaking, but he's also more or less done so with his long-running, ever-expanding Metal Gear Solid franchise. There are multiple movies worth of cinematic material in each game, and he can cut together a trailer like nobody's business.

 

It's appropriate then that a number of renowned film directors, a producer, and an actor, all weighed in on Kojima's E3 2014 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Directors ranging from Guillermo del Toro to Shinya Tsukamoto and more spoke up, heaping plenty of praise on the trailer, as you'll see below the video itself.

 

For those who missed it:

 

The comments:

 

Avi Arad
Film Producer: Spider-Man, X-Men


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a stunning presentation. The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come expect from Mr. Kojima. Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience.

 

For me, the sight of the Diamond Dogs and Snake putting the ashes on his face with multiple urns make me believe that a lot of history is going to be dealt with. If one listens carefully to the amazing song, “Nuclear” by Mike Oldfield, it is fantastic story telling that gives us enough of a window to know we are about to embark on another emotional masterpiece by Mr. Kojima. Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake is just fantastic while raising the drama, and makes us long to play the game.

 

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Guillermo del Toro
Director: Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim

 

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!


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Park Chan-wook
Director: Oldboy, Stoker

 

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 realized 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.


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Shinya Tsukamoto
Director: Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Vital, Nightmare Detective

 

Intense, crazy, deep Kojima world. By the time you finish the game, you should be a changed into a completely new person.


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Nicolas Winding Refn
Director: Drive, Only God Forgives

 

Watching the trailers for Metal Gear Solid V 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.


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Norman Reedus
Actor: The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead

 

Wow! That is AMAZING! So beautiful … So well done. You guys created such an incredible piece of art.

 

Via Gematsu

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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