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Yakuza Director Comments on Movie Industry, Why He’s Against Fighting Games


The French site Red Bull France recently interviewed Toshihiro Nagoshi, director of the Yakuza games. A translation of the interview was also put out in English.

Asked if he’d like to work in the movie industry, Nagoshi responded, “I think the cinematic direction of the games strongly resembles Japanese-style films. I am indeed interested in movie industry work, and I’m very happy to say that I have been involved in the recently announced Hollywood live-action film from the start. Personally, regardless of the overall film direction, I hope to make it into an emotional human drama.”

Another question involved what he thought of putting character Kazuma Kiryu in a fighting game.

“We do get this request a lot,” he said. “Of course there are exceptions, but fighting games generally have female characters, and personally I don’t really want to see Kiryu beating up women.”

Asked what type of game he’d like to make now, he answered, “Maybe some type of online game, but I also think it would be required to have aspects that could be enjoyed by a single player.”

Source: Resetera


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