A video is online showing a various sequences from Takashi Miike’s live-action movie adaptation of Capcom’s long-running Nintendo DS game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
Takashi Miike announced that he was working on an adaptation during a press conference in Cannes where he stated that his next film “…is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS”.
Phoenix Wright will be played by Narimiya Hiroki one of the stars in the ninja adventure Azumi as well as the stylish Sakuran. Phoenix Wright’s assistant, Maya Fey, will be portrayed by Kiritani Mirei who has recently worked on the live-action TV version of Arakawa Under the Bridge and Miles Edgeworth will be portrayed by Saito Takumi who starred in the awesome Thirteen Assassins.
Sion Sono Strikes Again
Based on Minoru Furuya’s manga about a high school kid named Sumida who has been abandoned by his parents. That’s not strictly true, as his mother comes home, but with different men, and his drunken, hate-filled father pays him visits but only when he needs money. Living alone he carries on running the family rental-boat business, ignoring the love of a class-mate and undergoing a crisis as he desires to be a normal kid. Then one day his father shows up and unable to control his anger Sumida kills him. The film involves a lot of tough subject matter like child abuse, murder and other traumatic incidents in an exploration of life through a teenager’s cynical view.
Typical Sion Sono subject matter and themes, the film was premiered at the Venice film festival, hence the red carpet at the beginning. It also manages to include the March 11th Earthquake in its story. Reviews have been mixed with some reviewers finding Sono’s highly charged and over the top style hard to take. Variety, for instance, praises the lead’s performance but criticises the lack of a coherent tone which prevents some of the dark humour from working. That is always the risk with Sion Sono.
The lead was played by Shota Sometani who appeared in the hilarious comedy Ping Pong and the heroine was played by Fumi Nikaidou who is soon to be seen in The Warped Forest.