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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…
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…
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…
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.
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I was expecting a rather disappointing adaptation of the game (which I played years ago and loved) but it is actually a very good movie!
It captures the characters' personalities and goofiness of the game very well. It actually feels like being inside the game.
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la estética bien adaptada pero el ritmo algo irregular, aunque entretenida... ¡protesto!
This really should have been two movies. The first 'half', focusing on Wright freeing Maya is over too quickly, the story overly condensed so as to give as much time as possible for the second 'half' that focus on Edgeworth's trial and the mystery of the DL-6 case. For a person unfamiliar with the games, too much goes by too quickly with little time spent fleshing out the characters.
Oh yeah, I like Miike-movies a lot a lot a lot. Fun fun fun to watch, how full of lust films can be made and how different in the look that can become. Oh and how much fun the camera work and the costume design!! Aaaah, good movies are a blessing.
I watched this with Aziraphale, who is a big fan of the game this is based on. And it's good for me I did watch it with her, because I would not have understood much of it otherwise. Most of the film was just me asking her "What's the context for this?" And "Was this really in the game?" (The answer to that second one was usually yes.) By the end I felt an actual appreciation for how close this film sticks to the source material...but it sticks so close that, had I not been watching with a fan, I would have been truly confused. Not by the convoluted plot necessarily, but things like the giant blue police station mascot…
I had a lot of fun. Even if the movie is at least 30 minutes too long (the last 45 minutes are really tough). Miike treats the franchise with respect and created a movie that can be loved by Ace Attorney fans.
Not imaginable what Uwe Boll would have done...
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…