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Why ‘Metal Gear’ Creator Hideo Kojima Loves ‘La La Land’

Legendary video game designer examines Damien Chazelle’s award-winning romantic musical comedy starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

'Metal Gear' creator Hideo Kojima pens essay for Glixel that examines 'La La Land,' Damien Chazelle's romantic musical comedy.

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Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is widely regarded as one of the true video game auteurs. Though the 53-year-old is most closely associated with his work leading the production of some of the most beloved single player narrative games of the past 30 years, his original ambition, prior to joining Konami in 1986, was to become a movie director. Now, as part of a series of short essays for Glixel, he’s shared his insights on Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical comedy La La Land.

“What is the power that movies have over us? What power do dreams have? I think I found the answer in La La Land,” he writes. “The fading colors of the world communicate that dreams can’t be made reality without sacrifice – but what does this leave? Just an innocuous reality? I really don’t think so, and I think that is the real message of the movie.”

He touches on Meryl Streep’s fiery speech at the Golden Globes, and the loss of the American musical, offering a fresh take from a Japanese perspective.

“Although musicals are all but extinct, movies continue to show us new dreams,” he says.

La La Land shows us both the sweet and bitter sides of both creating and viewing a movie as inhabitants in our modern world, of having a dream and making it a reality. That’s why there’s the urge to watch it again and again. It’s the story of an unflinching modern day dream that only a movie can portray.”

You can read the full piece over on Glixel. 

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