Ghost of Tsushima: Kurosawa Mode has the filmmaker’s blessing

by Kelvin
Ghost of Tsushima: Kurosawa Mode has the filmmaker's blessing

Considered by many to be one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers alongside Yasujiro Ozu and Hayao Miyazaki, Akira Kurosowa will be honored in Ghost of Tsushima. Now, developer Sucker Punch Productions has received the name’s blessing directly from the property holders of Kurosawa, who passed away in September 1998.

The game will have the so-called Kurosawa Mode, which refers to Japanese cinema, especially samurai movies. With the characteristic black and white filter, you can see that this special mode has a very exciting particularity and promises to make players feel as if they were in a film by the filmmaker.


“We have this great game that transports people back to feudal Japan and Akira Kurosawa was one of our reference guides, especially from the beginning on how we wanted it to be,” said Jason Connell, art director of the game in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“As we got closer and closer to making this a reality, we thought, ‘what do we call this special mode we’ve created, this black and white retrospective?’ We suggested a lot of different words and we thought it would be awesome if we could call it the Kurosawa Mode.”

Ghost of Tsushima it is nothing more than a love letter to the audience who watched the various Japanese samurai films. Kurosawa is responsible for a number of them like Rashomon (1950), The Seven Samurai (1954), Bloodstained Throne (1957) and Yojimbo (1961). It is by Kurosawa’s signature, including the feature The Hidden Fortress (1958), which inspired the creation of Star Wars.

The director’s well-marked style has been masterfully recreated by Sucker Punch and the Kurosawa Mode, in addition to black-and-white images and characteristic grain, it also brings wind effects and adjusts the sound quality.

Ghost of Tsushima will be released on July 17th. Would the filmmaker be happy with the tribute? What did you think?