Ghost Of Tsushima Movie Influences Explained By Chad Stahelski

Chad Stahelski, director of the upcoming film adaptation of popular video game Ghost of Tsushima, describes the inspiration behind the film.

John Wick director Chad Stahelski details the main influences behind his latest project, the film adaptation of the popular video game Ghost of Tsushima. The Sony Playstation game, developed by Sucker Punch Productions, made history by becoming the best-selling original Sony game in Playstation history. The game follows samurai warrior Jin Sakai, the sole survivor of a Mongol army attack on his clan. Set in the year 1274, Jin’s journey leads him to pursue his revenge and liberate the island of Tsushima. A film adaptation was announced in March 2021, with director Chad Stahelski and writer Takashi Doscher on board.

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Video game adaptations can be a tricky subject for fans, and Ghost of Tsushima has big shoes to fill. The game was a major hit, with audiences and critics raving about the story, visuals, and gameplay. With a slew of awards to his credit, Ghost of Tsushima is a daunting project for any director. This is especially true given the criticism video game movies often face, which comes with a passionate built-in audience with high hopes of seeing their beloved stories done right. However, Stahelski is an accomplished director with the perfect background for martial arts action required by Ghost of Tsushimathe story. Additionally, he noted his enthusiasm for creating a faithful adaptation that honors the source material.


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In a recent interview with Collider, Stahelski discussed his desire to film the film in Japanese and to bring in a Japanese cast. He also described some of his influences in the project. See what he had to say below:

“Honestly, it’s probably the same things that would freak most people out. It’s a fantasy period piece. It’s done with respect for Akira Kurosawa, who’s probably in the top five biggest influences in my life right now. it’s about cinema.. It’s a chance to push technology and people into a story that’s timeless. It’s your typical mythological story of good versus evil, find a man, watch him change the world or the world change it. love in a story. You put that in, obviously, so I’m told I have a bit of a samurai fetish, which is probably true of manga and anime and stuff.

Stahelski’s previous comments on the Ghost of Tsushima movie have already raised high expectations around the film. His final words on the subject go even further, promising exactly the kind of culturally rich, character-driven fantasy epic that video game fans have been hoping for. The reference to Akira Kurosawa also bodes well for Stahelski’s intentions to stay true to the roots of the video game samurai genre. Overall, the director’s encouraging commentary teases an outstanding production that combines the westernized format of the hero’s journey with plenty of Japanese influence in story and film.


Ghost of Tsushima is the latest in a revival of screen video game adaptations, including one directed by Ruben Fleischer Unexplored and HBO The last of us series. Despite the curse that seems to befall many video game adaptations, many are eager to see Stahelski’s take on the beloved story. Not much else is known about the Ghost of Tsushima movie at the moment, and a release date has yet to be announced by Sony. But Stahelski’s attention to detail and enthusiasm for faithfully adapting the source material are a good sign for the project.

Source: Collider

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