Hideo Kojima is in 'Drive' Director's New Amazon Show 'Too Old to Die Young'

Hideo Kojima is in 'Drive' Director's New Amazon Show 'Too Old to Die Young'

Kojima takes a break from making Death Stranding to make a surprise cameo.

Famed Danish film director Nicolas Winding Refn just premiered the first trailer for his upcoming Amazon Prime TV show, Too Old to Die Young. Like his famous film Drive, Too Old to Die Young is awash in soft-spoken characters and neon lights. But unlike Drive there's also a cameo by video game director Hideo Kojima apparently.

Spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter user @Champops, you can clearly see Hideo Kojima at the 1:55 minute mark of the Too Young to Die Trailer wielding a katana and slicing off someone's finger in front of a group of people.

Written by Refn and famed comic writer Ed Brubaker, Too Old to Die Young stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as a "grieving police officer" who gets caught up with the Yakuza, Mexican Cartel, and Russian Mafia. Presumably Kojima is cameo'ing as someone in the Yakuza (though I don't want to make assumptions.)

Kojima's cameo shouldn't be a surprise considering how he's said many times on social media that Refn's Drive is one of his favorite films. Kojima has even posted a photo of himself wearing the scorpion jacket that Ryan Gosling's character wears in Drive and recreated the film's poster.

A noted cinephile, Kojima seems to enjoy working with his favorite movie directors on projects. He regularly posts photos of himself with film director Jordan Vogt-Roberts who is helming the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie adaptation. That would also probably explain the photo of Kojima holding a katana from a while back.

It's doubtful that Kojima will be making regular appearances on Too Old to Die Young as he's presumably busy developing Death Stranding. But he'll be on deck for at least one finger chopping scene.

Too Old to Die Young premiers on Amazon Prime on June 14. Death Stranding doesn't have a release date, but you can check out our Death Stranding guide for more coverage.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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