John Wick Director's Influence On Ghost Of Tsushima Movie: A Visual Treat!
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John Wick Director’s Influence On Ghost Of Tsushima Movie: A Visual Treat!

Director Chad Stahelski Discusses How His Experience With The John Wick Franchise Is Influencing The Ghost Of Tsushima Movie Adaptation, Particularly With Regards To Its Cinematography And Commitment To Authenticity.

By Amitabh Mukherji
March 25,2023

Director Chad Stahelski, known for his work on the John Wick franchise, is now focusing on the Ghost of Tsushima movie adaptation. In an interview with IGN, Stahelski revealed how his experience with the John Wick films is influencing the look and feel of the upcoming Sony Pictures movie.

The Role Of Technological Achievements From John Wick Franchise

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Stahelski shared that the technological achievements from the John Wick movies will play a significant role in the cinematography of Ghost of Tsushima. He specifically mentioned how the use of digital intermediate technology and new Alexa cameras allowed them to push the color and highlights of the movie, giving the film a unique visual identity.

Keeping It Authentic

Ghost Of Tsushima

Stahelski is committed to staying true to the source material and has emphasized that the Ghost of Tsushima movie will feature an all-Japanese cast, with the dialogue primarily in Japanese. The movie is set in late 13th century Japan, and Stahelski believes that preserving the language and casting is essential to telling an authentic story.

Influences From Akira Kurosawa And Joseph Campbell

Akira Kurosawa

The director has also cited Akira Kurosawa, a legendary Japanese filmmaker, as a significant influence on his visual style for Ghost of Tsushima. The game also features a black-and-white mode named after Kurosawa. Additionally, mythologist Joseph Campbell, who influenced George Lucas in creating the Star Wars franchise, has also influenced Stahelski’s approach to the film.

The Expectation For Success

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The last of us

Stahelski is confident that the Ghost of Tsushima movie has the potential to match the success of HBO’s The Last of Us series. He believes that the movie’s amazing story and thematics make it the best chance for a successful video game adaptation. With recent successful video game adaptations such as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog movies, there is hope that Stahelski’s ambitions will be realized.