Here’s a new trailer as well as some screenshots from NIOH, the upcoming video game that has its origins in an unfilmed screenplay by Akira Kurosawa about a blond samurai in 16th century Japan.
To be honest, at this point the game most probably has nothing to do with Kurosawa any more, as they would surely be mentioning it with big bold letters in their marketing if that were the case. And these pictures and the trailer aren’t particularly new either, as they were released about a month ago, at a time when I was unable to post about them.
But I feel that my tardiness can be excused considering the game itself was originally announced in 2004 and has been delayed repeatedly. They are now saying that NIOH is coming out at some point during 2016, and that it will be exclusive to PlayStation 4. The protagonist is apparently called William, and he will be battling monsters drawn from Japanese folklore.
Here’s the (in relative terms) new trailer:
As part of our recent discussion of Zhang Yimou’s Hero we have touched on the topic of choreographed and realistic sword fights in action films, and it appears that NIOH leans quite heavily towards the first mentioned category.
In purely graphical terms it looks pretty good though, at least based on the screenshots released so far.
Any thoughts, or plans to acquire a copy of this part of Kurosawa’s legacy?