As a long time fan of the Phoenix Wright videogames, and a renewed fan of director Takashi Miike, I’m looking forward to the big screen adaptation a great deal. If this is made with one half of the care shown in 13 Assassins, and if there’s just a taste of the game’s loopy, high-energy gusto, I think we’ll be in for a real treat.
Here’s a clip from a Japanese TV program called something like Sōkai Jōhō Variety Sukkiri All Entertainment Quiz (I think). You’ll see it loop some footage from the film, then get on to some new footage…
…while all the while, screaming over the top at you.
In step with the game’s contrived challenge structure, Anime News Network are reporting the film’s premise like this:
Takashi Miike’s film adaptation of CAPCOM’s videogame franchise will take place in a parallel Japan, where a large increase in harsh crimes has led to a new court system. Under this new system, the defense attorney and public prosecutor have three days to battle cases out in open court to determine guilt or innocence of the accused, placing priority on speed instead of thorough investigation.
Potential for satire? Sure. I’m not convinced they’ll go down that path, though.
The film opens in Japan in February, when I’ll be distracted by The Muppets, I’d imagine. Still, I hope we get to see it very soon too.