news culture Ghost of Tsushima: supported by Sony, the director of the film makes an important decision
Before returning to the world of video games, the samurai Jin Sakai should go through that of cinema for the time of a feature film. Director Chad Stahelski has just made a crucial decision for this adaptation.
A tribute to the great samurai films
Released in 2020, Ghost of Tsushima seduced a large number of players thanks in particular to its vision of feudal Japan, both bloody and poetic. Without revolutionizing the open-world action-adventure formula, Sucker Punch’s game takes advantage of its artistic direction to take us on an exotic journey of discovery in Japanese lands.
After an edit Director’s Cut released a year later on PS5 and the arrival of multiplayer mode Legends as well as the Ikki Island expansion, Ghost of Tsushima now offers more than solid content which will have finally conquered almost 10 million samurai apprentices. After this success, it is very likely that the Sucker Punch studio is preparing the sequel, but Sony also plans to offer a film adaptation of its exclusive.
This decision makes sense when you know the inspirations of Sucker Punch for his game. With a particularly elaborate staging, Ghost of Tsushima borrows without concession from the great Japanese samurai films, starting with those of the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. Within the software, there is also a mode entirely in black and white in order to take advantage of an even more equivocal aesthetic of the great era of samurai films.
In order to pay tribute in the best possible way to this important heritage but also in order to stick to his vision of international cinema, Chad Stahelski, director of the film Ghost of Tsushima, has made a meaningful decision for his feature film.
A 100% Japanese film
Passionate about Japanese culture and the work of Akira Kurosawa, Chad Stahelski decided to direct his film entirely in Japanese, a choice he explained in detail in a recent interview with
I think if we do this right, the project is going to be visually stunning. It’s a character-driven story. This is the opportunity to make great action sequences, with great aesthetics. And honestly, that’s what we intend to do. It is a fundamentally Japanese story in which the Mongols invade the island of Tsushima. An entirely Japanese cast, for a film in Japanese. Sony supports this decision.
So yes, for European viewers accustomed to dubbing and subtitles, such a bias may seem trivial. However, this Hollywood production is also aimed at the general American public, accustomed to productions in the language of Shakespeare. This choice, fully supported by Sony, is motivated by the recent success of ParasiteKorean thriller by Bong Joon-ho, Palme d’or in 2019 but also Oscar for best film. For Chad Stahelski, the language of a film doesn’t matter, it’s all about the direction.
There is a way to direct the actors. There is a way to achieve. A way in which a look can mean (something or something else), so there are many ways to achieve that. (…) There is a specific way of directing and a way of (conveying something through facial expressions). If I mute the sound, I want you to understand what the sequence is about, regardless of the language.
For the director of the latest John Wicks, working in a language that is not his own remains a major challenge that he intends to take up. Either way, the filmmaker’s CV leads us to believe that this next film should at least feature some daunting action sequences. We just have to wait for the first images of Ghost of Tsushima cinema style to get a first opinion.