Directed by: Takashi Miike
Starring: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saitô, Akiyoshi Nakao
I’m a big fan of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, so when I heard they made a film out of the first one, and directed by Takashi Miike of all people, hell yeah I had to see it. The problem with this is that I’m not really capable of reviewing this film from the point of view of someone unfamiliar with the source material, so keep that in mind.
When a lawyer is murdered, her protege has to find out who really did it. Finding the real murderer is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as it turns out the whole affair may have connections to another murder case the dead woman was involved with fifteen years ago…
If you’ve never played the games, this movie is basically a weird courtroom drama/mystery with plenty of comic elements. It even gets downright cartoony at points. That’s because this movie is extremely faithful to the first game in the series, and it has that kinda vibe to it. Honestly, I can’t imagine fans of the series would be disappointed with this movie at all. It’s a compelling mystery, you care about the characters, and it’s funny and visually interesting. The biggest problem is that it sticks a little too closely to the game, so the pacing is slow and the structure isn’t the most traditional for a film. Still, I recommend it.