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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.
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…
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…
Holy shit. This is hands down the greatest cinematic achievement since "Space Jam"!
Japanese powerhouse Takashi Miike brings us a movie adaption of the popular video game "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney" and he hits the nail on the head. The game is about a young lawyer on trial and the player having to piece together the evidence while witnesses and attendees react with manga like facial expressions. The movie version of this is literally exactly the same. It's almost scary how faithful to the source material this is. Every single character in this has insane anime hair and their body language is exactly what you would expect from an animated japanese movie. The fact that the actors fully commit to…
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…
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.
character design: 5/5
Ever since I played the very first Ace Attorney game on my sister's DS I was instantly hooked to the insanity of this Japanese court room lawyer game where you play a spiked up haired defense lawyer, Phoenix Wright, struggling to defend his clients to murders.
If you're a fan of this game please check out the movie. This whole movie is basically the most faithful adaption of a video game EVER. From the crazy hairdos to the crazy futuristic costumes and the weird facial reactions each characters do. It is crazy accurate.
Some of the comedic scenes they do in the film may seem silly and even weird. Maybe its a Japanese thing they find funny. The whole movie…
it was really long, but good twists and evidence and all that you'd expect from a courtroom movie
the scenes outside of the courtroom were a nice change of scenery and all, and yet they made me wish I were back in court
This is the most insane and beautiful film I've seen in a good while, and easily the best video game movie ever, though I can't imagine that's a unique opinion. This movie takes the actual legal process as seriously as the Fast and Furious series takes the laws of physics. And it's awesome.
I've never seen any movie stick so closely to the source material in terms of narrative and visuals. The first DS game stole tens of my hours, and tore my little 13 year old mind to shreds, and this managed to take me all the way back. Ugh. So cool.
The only DS game I ever owned was Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (because a month after I got a DS it was stolen to me. Fuck you Ashley). I have a fondness for the silly courtroom game. I also really love Takashi Miike so joy all around when I found out he was doing the movie (although how bizarre is that really?).
And yeah. Its pretty good. Its the game in live action form. The angles, the silliness, and my god the hair. Glorious.
The best game-to-film adaptation I've ever seen. And its pulled off perfectly! It has all the silly moments of the game, the characters are superbly accurate, and it adds just enough new material that you can't be too certain of what's about to happen.
But Redd White should have pink hair...
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Faithful to the point of absurdity, this video game adaptation is suitably goofy and fun but probably a half hour too long for the material that comprises the main court case and bulk of the narrative.
Having been underwhelmed by the Nintendo DS game of the same name I was relatively impressed with the opening of Takashi Miike's Ace Attorney. It was 100mph, all over the place and really crazy. Wow, I thought, I hope it stays like this for the whole film!
But at about the midway point, the film shrugs off its skin and spends an hour discussing a very dull case you have no investment in. It's the film equivalent of listening to a recent Manic Street Preachers record while having someone read out stock and share reports. It's just so flat. I appreciate this is exactly what I disliked about the games but in film this flaw swallows the whole piece. All…
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
For reference I decided to make a list of all the Japanese films I've seen. Order is from newest to…