Phoenix Wright movie getting worldwide release

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney director Miike Takashi has confirmed that film adaptation of the popular lawyer-sim video game series will be adapted for international audiences.

Takashi made the announcement during an audience Q&A session following the film's public premier at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). He explained each version will be subtitled and audio dubbed to match up with the localized Phoenix Wright character names specific to each region, but did not say when western audiences could expect to see the final product.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a bit of a departure for Miike Takashi, who achieved mainstream attention for his more bloody Japanese hits, Audition and Ichi the Killer. In an interview with IFFR, Takashi said switching gears for Phoenix Wright was not as hard as some would suspect, noting, “This film is indeed lighter, but if you examine my oeuvre as a whole, you’ll discover that I’ve made quite a lot of light fare... Basically, I’m always going around in circles. If I’ve shot a lot of extreme stuff, I want to make something light again. Now I’ve made a light film, so it’s almost certain that my next film will be pretty extreme.’’

As for what drew him to adapt the quirky video game series in the first place, he added: “Japanese films and novels often embody the message that as long as you work hard, you will develop and improve. What I loved about this game is the fact that it had none of that. The lead doesn’t develop, doesn’t get better over time. He is driven by the desire to help others, but doesn’t know much about the legal system.”

By Twitch's account, Phoenix Wright did not over well with critics during its first press showing last week. However, it scored a 4.3 our of 5 with the public in a later showing, landing it in the top 10 audience awards list. According to its review, the movie is pretty much what one would expect from a Phoenix Wright flick; that is, hammy acting, over-the-top-actors, and a series of improbable court cases. We're looking forward to judging it and (hopefully) the newly announced Phoenix Wright 5 game ourselves when they make the trip out west.


  • GhostNappa2k10 - February 3, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    I have no clue what they were saying, but GODDAM that looks good!
  • psycho ninja 4 - February 2, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    When the hell did this happen?!?
  • psycho ninja 4 - February 2, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    and why does the trailer last for a hour.
  • kip-casper - February 1, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    "A departure." He made Ninja Kids!!! last year. He made Yatterman, he has made adaptations of manga, and he can release films that aren't over the top bloodbaths (if anything Ichi was a departure).
  • ProfessorBonk - February 1, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    I'll take 20!
  • thatnerdguy1 - February 1, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    I will get this on Day 1. No exceptions.
  • V22Dreamcast - February 1, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Interested only because of Takashi Miike because 13 Assassins was amazing.
  • electrofreeze - February 1, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    Whoa, I didn't know Miike was directing! Interesting...
  • BladedFalcon - February 1, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Not sure I like the fact it's gonna be dubbed. here's hopping I can get a version with subtitles without much trouble. Also, no surprise it didn't mesh well with critics who are probably not versed in videogames or the series at all. Since it IS a series that is characterized for things that are usually considered "bad" for most movies. I'll take that as a good sign then! ^^
  • shawksta - February 1, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Exactly, most movies based on games are good, but on the games concept, fails badly, the Super Mario bros. Movie was an awesome movie, but to the games concept, just horrible. Ace Attorney isnt this case as the games concept is easy to make a movie out of, im trusting the reviews.
  • BladedFalcon - February 1, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    Er... no, I'm afraid you misunderstood me completely. I don't believe most video game based movies are good at all. (Specially the SMB movie, even non gamers will tell you that it's utterly stupid, hammy and nonsensical.) Mainly because since producers often feel they have to cater to non-gaming audiences, they make a lot of chances to the Game's essence. But this doesn't make them good movies very often, because they neither treat the original material with respect, and the movie still ends up feeling stupid, with a lot of plot-holes, and they are never really clever, well acted or deep enough to stand on their own as movies. As for the Ace Attorney series... Their concept is "easy" in theory, to make a movie out of, because the game is entirely plot driven, like a movie is. However, the over the top characters, bright colors, exaggerated expressions, and a rather unchecked use of plot-twists make it actually quite movie-unfriendly. Since all those elements are usually frowned upon, specially by "serious" critics. Only reason I'm looking forward to this movie more than other VG entries, is because the director obviously doesn't give a shit about catering to people unfamiliar with the game. And it's everything the game is, or at least, that's how the trailer makes it look so far.
  • shawksta - February 5, 2012 12:46 a.m.

    Yes I apologize, I wasnt paying close attention to what you meant because i was rushing to class. You do got a point there, considering it will be frowned upon but the directer wont give a shit for the unfamiliar's, this will kick ass.
  • HitmanSB07 - February 1, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    I hope it's good. Miike films tend to be...varied, to say the least. From a director that has done both Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins, I don't know what to expect.
  • GameManiac - February 1, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    I'd definitely watch it.
  • LOZ4EVAH - February 1, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    What does it mean by worldwide releases?? Does it mean coming to select theaters (i.e. indie theaters) or a bonified actual movie release
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - February 1, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    It's Takashi Miike. Also, Miike is god.
  • comaqi - February 1, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    This is going to be awesome!

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