“Ghost of Tsushima”: Game adaptation probably in Japanese

“Ghost of Tsushima” was one of the last major exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4. The game is now also in available in a polished PS5 version. A film adaptation is already planned, for which Chad Stahelski (“John Wick”) will direct. In an interview with Collider, he stated that he would like to shoot Ghost of Tsushima with an all-Japanese cast and also in Japanese.

While people in Germany might shrug their shoulders because we mercilessly whitewash everything with dubbing, this would be a big step for the USA. Foreign-language films are usually not shown there with dubbing, but with subtitles. This procedure is also common in Scandinavia, but people there have always been used to it. In the United States, however, many people are usually put off when the film of their choice is not available in English.

Stahelski believes that in the case of “Ghost of Tsushima” he still has a wide audience could reach. Why Japanese as the language of choice? Anyone who has played the game knows the Japanese setting. Especially since the title is clearly inspired by the films of the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. According to the director, Sony is also behind this idea and gave Stahelski the freedom.

According to the director, the audience has also changed: through streaming offers with international content in a wide variety of languages are available, people have become more open to foreign-language content in the original language. He believes that if he stages the atmosphere, the look, the action and of course the characters and story appropriately, then the film about “Ghost of Tsushima” will be a worldwide success, even with an all-Japanese cast and in Japanese.

I’m curious myself, because I really liked the game and even though I’m generally skeptical about video game adaptations, I trust Stahelski in particular to be capable of a good adaptation. What do you think?

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