Official Selection, 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam
Audience Award, 2012 New York Asian Film Festival
As junior partner of Mia Fey, rookie defense lawyer Phoenix Wright kicks off his career by successfully defending longtime friend Larry Butz. From there, strange occurrences lead to a mysterious murder which implicates Wright at the scene of the crime. This dominoes into a string of connected cases of increasing intrigue. With only one court victory under his belt, Phoenix Wright must trust his talents (and others’ paranormal abilities) in order to prove his friend’s innocence.
Takashi Miike kicks 2012 into high gear with ACE ATTORNEY, a film that feels less like his violent international breakthrough Audition, and more like his bubbly recent adaptions Yatterman and Ninja Kids!!! (SDAFF ’11). Adapted from Capcom’s ever-popular video game series, ACE ATTORNEY retells the story with Miike’s stylish flair and faithfully gives the familiar characters and situations a cinematic spin.
Miike’s outrageousness matches the tone and mood of Ace Attorney perfectly, and most impressively, imbues the game elements with the appropriate imagination on the level of story. Gamers, sit back and relax. Miike doesn’t sell you short on how Phoenix Wright and friends should be imagined on the big screen. Take that! –Erwin Mendoza
Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saito, Mirei Kiritani, Akiyoshi Nakao