The fifteen films that influenced Metal Gear Solid

Video retail giant Tsutaya, the Japanese equivalent of Blockbuster, has launched a campaign today in celebration of Metal Gear Solid 4 featuring series-creator and film-lover Hideo Kojima’s picks for the movies that most influenced his award-winning series:

These mostly classic movies(listed below) might disappoint those hoping for more obscure choices, but all fans of the series will be interested to learn how these decidedly Western-flicks influenced even the smallest of details.  On Tsutaya’s campaign-specific website, Kojima offers some insight into how the films shaped the world of the games, citing Sean Connery’s portrayal of 007 as the genesis of all things Metal Gear;;Black Hawk Down as a reference for the lighting, color and atmosphere; Predator as the inspiration for octocamo; 2001: A Space Odyssey as the source of Snake (David) and Otacon’s (Hal) real names; and The Deer Hunter as the origin of Snake’s trademark bandanna. Add Escape From New York to the list and you have yourself the ultimate Metal Gear movie marathon.

  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Great Escape
  • Goldfinger
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Predator
  • Die Hard
  • Heat
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Children of Men
  • The Bourne series
  • Casino Royale