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Based primarily on the first game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the film focuses on rookie defense attorney Ryūichi Naruhodō, as he strives to protect his clients in various murder trials, including the death of his mentor, Chihiro Ayasato, and the accusation of rival prosecutor, Reiji Mitsurugi. Ryūichi's greatest ally is Chihiro's younger sister Mayoi, a spirit medium whose body is posessed by Chihiro to communicate with him. The film will be a courtroom drama combined with the video game series' signature style. Sci-fi elements are also used such as characters bringing up holographic images of evidence during trials.
The singe greatest collection of hairdos in 21st century cinema.
My vote for the best intro into Miike's filmography (though I haven't seen a lot) as it demonstrates his incredible ability to remain formally precise despite switching tones completely. Ace Attorney is also quite brilliant in how intelligently it incorporates the video games into the film. The court room as dramatic play. The static animations (editing of von Karma at the end). Wright's antics. The stupid questions you can ask and how it pisses everyone off (So that would make it...Christmas?) and how those stupid questions can suddenly become important evidence. The only other adaptation I can think of that rivals it is Mortal Kombat in the way it expands naturally upon the setting, environments and characters. I love Paul…
I like Takeshi Miike, even though his films may differ in quality I always find myself entertained. And how can you not get entertained by this? Sure, it took some time before you could really concentrate on the story. All the crazy hairdos and over exaggerated behavior being totally distracting. But you had just gotten used to it all in time for the big mystery to unravel.
And speaking of the courtroom scenes, this is, as you probably know, a video game based film. And about half of the film is set in the courtroom. But this is far from your usual courtroom drama. And even though the judge seems to be a cool old man, the legal certainty and…
Miike indulges in video-game tics (rushed-close-ups in animated split-screens that cast a courtroom showdown as an old arcade fighting game), but quite often he displays his more toned-down, formal style that has emerged so strongly over the last few years. His elegant, somber tracks and low-angled shots of ludicrously tall judge benches undercut the goofy humor of the exercise, emphasizing the corruption of a system that jazzes up legal proceedings at the expense of fairness, patient review and honesty, inviting all manner of duplicitous, self-serving frauds and crooks to play the game to their advantage. Even so, Miike always finds a way to prevent the film from lapsing into typical courtroom drama, from comic whips to a use of holograms that allow one to throw the e-book at a criminal, as it were. One of the most delightful films of the year, and surprisingly suspenseful and even elegiac at times.
Takashi Miike Revisited (#10)
Yet again I luck out in coming across one hell of a pleasant surprise.
Rock n' Roll Mad Scientist Auteur Takashi Miike is given here a solid enough budget to bring to screen something seemingly too silly for its own good, and it definitely is silly, but it's the best kind of silly you can find in any movie of this caliber.
Ace Attorney is an adaptation to the cult video game series of the same name that tells the underdog story of Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense lawyer with the demeanor of an overly nervous goofball. Initially Phoenix seems like anything but a master of his profession, but part of the story's charm is watching…
Ace Attorney is a movie based on a videogame named Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, where we play a rookie attorney trying to solve a difficult case.
I have to say I've only played the first case, some time ago, but I was very impressed with the way they approached the videogame elements in the movie. It may seem a bit silly to watch real actors fall to the ground when someone says something stupid or to watch Phoenix sweating abundantly when he's clueless how to keep his cross-examination, but it's a lot of fun to be honest and represents the spirit of the game very well.
The plot is funny and interesting and although the movie is big it never felt boring. And the hairdos were fabulous!
As a film: Good, a bit unfittingly dark and silly but entertaining and enjoyable enough to spend the time on. Drags a bit around the middle, gets really stupid and confusing near the end.
As an adaptation of the games: Weird. Visually spot-on, the tone is completely different and the plot is changed up in unnecessary ways whilst keeping the stuff that doesn't adapt to the screen well.
Somewhat bloated and flags in places*, but the unwinding clockwork narrative and the mastery of comic timing are worth it. It's the most faithful and, more importantly, the most sincerely committed video game adaptation I've ever seen, not just stylistically but structurally. Phoenix Wright thinks his way through a series of puzzles, often getting stuck, sometimes practically orgasming in frustration (it's not over-acting, it's perfectly judged) until he works out a way to keep the story going. He's proceeding along a video game-style linear narrative path where there is only one outcome. The obstructions he encounters are temporary, because he's such a persistent player; and the game wants him to succeed, always giving him just enough leeway, just enough time…
This movie touched me spiritually. One of the greatest adaptations of all time. Deserves to be spoken in the same breath as SPEED RACER and SCOTT PILGRIM.
The best film I've seen in 2016. Miike forever.
*Easily* the greatest video game adaptation ever made.
I can say with a positive attitude that this may be one of the video game adaptations ever made. Miike takes the first game and transforms it into a comicial yet emotional film, that has just the right balance between silly and serious. Well cast and directed, give this movie a watch!
This was better than it had any right to be. Takashi Miike is known for his bizarre and downright ridiculous movies, and his style works perfectly in the world of Ace Attorney. While most directors try to give cartoon / video game movies a sense of realism, Miike fully embraces the source material. He gives the characters ridiculous costumes and haircuts and does not shy away from having them react in a cartoonish matter or placing them in absurd situations. The result is a playful courtroom drama, which not only stays true to its source material, but also manages to be entertaining and quite unique in its genre and presentation.
Ace Attorney (2012) is geen hoogvlieger in het oeuvre van Takashi Miike.Bij een regisseur die als bekendste stijlkenmerk cartoonesk geweld heeft, is het even wennen dat de hyperactiviteit nu gegoten zit in een familievriendelijk rechtbankdrama. De knettergekke openingsmontage (WTF!) belooft een een stuk meer het stempel van de cult regisseur dan je uiteindelijk krijgt, want het werk blijft verrassend dicht bij de games. In positieve zin komen karakters als Phoenix Wright en Miles Edgeworth tot leven in een film die van begin tot eind voelt als een respectvolle fan service aan de mensen die een band met de franchise hebben. (Al is voorkennis van de games niet cruciaal om hiervan te kunnen genieten!) In negatieve zin is het allemaal zo…
i literally make a tiny crying sound every time larry gives mia the thinker clock justice for mia fey
For some reason I love, love, LOVE this movie. Most people don't like it as much as I do. But I love it so much, if I ever owned a company, I would distribute this to the US. There's no US blu-ray release and it makes me angry! I would import it but there's no English subtitles. This movie is absolutely fantastic and entertaining. Even for people who haven't played the game, I think it's as enjoyable. I wish they would make a sequel, but apparently, it didn't do so well. Here's hoping. If you could get your hands on a copy, you won't regret it. Watch this film! Highly recommended!
I love Miike - for all his insanity i find him incredibly compelling. But it also has to be said that he has made a bunch of duds over the years. And Ace Attorney, despite being quite high budget and based on subject matter that may be appealing to many fanboys and fangirls out there is unltimately quite dull. It is watchable, and the hairstyles (and Judge's beard) are sensational, but this is an overlong somewhat obvious who dunnit film that would have benefited from snappier editing.
I guess when you direct between 2 and 4 films a year, there are bound to be some missteps. Go back to what you do so well Miike and offer up some ultra violent yakuza hell and shocking commentary on Japanese society today.
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Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…