First footage of Ace Attorney film hits the internet

We’re big fans of Capcom’s dramatic law and order series Ace Attorney and were excited when we first heard a films was being made based on it and that it would be helmed by gonzo director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer). We thought we’d have to wait till next week to see footage of the game, but we got some early. Just be prepared to listen to the loud reactions of Japanese talk show hosts.

We don’t blame you if you muted it, but it looked amazing. So many classic moments from the first Phoenix Wright game are on display, with iconic characters like Miles Edgeworth, Mia and Maya, von Karma and even Larry Butz looking spot-on. Seeing the dramatic events unfold in live action raised our pulses, and we love that everyone has all the exaggerated hair and clothes that we’ve come to love. Hopefully we’ll see even more when the official trailer is released next week, and then we’ll probably get to hear what the movie sounds like too.

Source: Andriasang




  • sbisset - October 31, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Gotta admit if you look past miles' obviously terrible wig and the overall cringeworthy-ness of the trailer, this should be a pretty good film. The story was awesome and deserves a chance for a larger audience to enjoy it. Just gotta hope the americans do their usual thing of stealing an established idea and remaking it on a massive budget. This would be epic with a western-ised, more serious view of the plot. Im looking forward to this version but cant help thinking its just gunna end up a bit meh..
  • Cassie Ballard - October 30, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Wow. I'm really surprised that this has come to fruition. Up until watching this I haven't liked the idea of this being adapted into a movie, but it doesn't look half bad. The director is awesome, so I have pretty high hopes of this movie being crazy and entertaining.
  • GameManiac - October 29, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Wow! It's better than I thought!
  • Stabby_Joe - October 29, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    Takashi Miike also directed 13 Assassins... and the Yatterman movie? Very random director.
  • BladedFalcon - October 29, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    I really like that this movie seems to be based entirely on the first game and it's best case. That was in my oppinion, the best from all the series, and if handled right, it will not only be awesome to see it play out in real life, it might even feel more powerful than it did in the game due to the nature of the plot. Also, I am very aware of VG movies and their reputation... But well, this one honestly seems a different beast. For one, it's far away from Hollywood and their big wig executives and their atrocious decisions. Secondly, it's being handled by Japanese people, who I'm pretty sure embrace their love for video-games and weird over the top stuff far more than the average US person. And lastly, unlike 95% of past VG movies, this one has a director with an actual very damn good pedigree, and it's not just some average joe or big blockbuster hack.
  • Fruitbat - October 29, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    I'd much rather see a western adaptation; you need a certain amount of interpretation to make the jump from cartoon (especially something as stylized as anime) to film, and you only need to look at a current superhero film to see that intelligent visual design is something Hollywood is exceptionally good at right now, whatever its other failings. A western studio would at least make the characters look like they have natural hair rather than a party-store wig, and wouldn't make references to the game like Pheonix's pointing so obnoxiously blatant. Take Scott Pilgrim - it made the video game elements feel like an entirely natural part of that world, however OTT, while this can't get a hairstyle right. Could still be good of course, but they seriously needed a better costumer...
  • BladedFalcon - October 29, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Um... If you think that anything relating Phoenix Wright needs realism or subtlety... you're missing the entire point of what the series's style is about. Ever since the first game, the design is meant to look sharp, blatant and silly. Even the entire expressions they often use to portray the characters show this. Which is why I do feel the approach the Japanese are using here works perfectly for this particular movie. Sure, if they tried this approach for a more serious property like Ruroni kenshin, for example, then yeah, it would feel out of place. But here, yes, they look silly, I'm pretty sure they are MEANT to look silly. Also... Are you even suggesting the hair and costumes in Scott Pilgrim look natural...? Specially taking Ramona's into account. You're saying they felt natural for THAT world, which is fair enough to say, since their world was always meant to be more over the top and silly. Well... here is the same exact deal, considering the nature of the entire PW's universe, the way the characters look in the movie make sense to me. Besides... As much as I loved Scott Pilgrim... look at how poorly it performed commercially. This in no way means the movie is bad at all. But it shows that even when a western adaptation did it RIGHT, it still tanked because either the publicity was handled badly, or the western public at large is still pretty stupid or ignorant when it comes to this kind of style. In Japan, on the other hand, this style is right up their friggin' alley. pretty sure that if this movie's genuinely good, it's gonna perform excellent over there, and hopefully make a decent amount of money outside of japan. Lastly... Western filmmakers have already had like what, 30 or more chances to get a videogame license right? So far, not a single one has been genuinely good or truly faithful to the material. I think so far the closer they've gotten is with he PoP movie, and that was mediocre at best. So I think it's time we gave the Japanese a shot, maybe they can set the proper example to the people of the west.
  • jackthemenace - October 29, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    Stuff I have learnt from this trailer: -Talk show hosts are friggin' annoying -The film looks like it could be pretty good -I REALLY need to finish the game - 'OBJECTION!' in Japanese appears to be "EEGEH"
  • Linktoreality - October 29, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    Looks like this will rock! Can't wait to see more :D
  • Izanagi22 - October 28, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    They sure do like that clip with Edgeworth snapping his fingers.
  • R-ape - October 28, 2011 8 p.m.

    I don't think anyone was really asking for this. There was more demand in his inclusion in MvC3 than this and we all know what everyone says about videogame movies. Good game though.
  • MrDuracraft - October 28, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    I was feeling iffy with this guy as Phoenix, but seeing it in motion makes it look great. And I expected it would only be one case in the movie, but it looks like at least 3 of them.
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 28, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    I actually laughed out loud when I saw that picture! Thats awesome! I have a feeling this movie will have many similarities to the Scott Pilgrim movie.
  • BladedFalcon - October 29, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    I agree. the style of the costumes, visuals and special effects actually reminded me a lot of the Scott Pilgrim movie. Which is great, since that movie was excellent, specially for people that like video-games.
  • Ravenbom - October 28, 2011 6:38 p.m.

  • firelegendmush - October 28, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    That looked awesome, especially Miles Edgeworth and Maya Fey.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - October 28, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    I am very excited for this movie! Hope it gets translated/subtitled or something, because I don't speak a lick of asian
  • ZhugeLiang - October 28, 2011 6:07 p.m.


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