More Live-Action Phoenix Wright Footage

A poster and more footage of Miike Takashi’s Phoenix Wright were released this week and I have to say that it seems to be shaping up to be a very good adaptation indeed.

Live-Action Phoenix Wright Poster

Phoenix Wright will be played by Hiroki Narimiya who was one of the stars in the ninja adventure Azumi as well as the stylish geisha drama Sakuran. Phoenix Wright’s assistant, Maya Fey will be portrayed by Mirei Kiritani who has recently worked on the live-action TV version of Arakawa Under the Bridge playing the gorgeous Venusian Nino and Miles Edgeworth will be portrayed by Saito Takumi who starred in Miike Takashi’s recent remake of Thirteen Assassins. The film is released on the 11th of February next year.

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Apartment 1303 1303号室 (2007)

Apartment 1303 Review HeaderFrom the director of numerous adaptations of Junji Ito’s manga Tomie comes Apartment 1303, a horror film that makes me go “meh”.

Apartment 1303 in the Blue Palace Hiroaka has cheap rent. Why? The building is famous for being haunted by ghosts. Not really. The reason the rent is cheap is because it is far away from the train station. At least that is the story given by the Maple Housing real estate agent to Sayaka Imōto who is moving to her first apartment away from older sister Mariko (Noriko Nakagoshi) and their mother (Naoko Otani). All seems well Sayaka’s house-warming party until she leaps off her thirteenth floor balcony. Sayaka’s mother is devastated by the death and in an effort to prevent her from sliding into madness Mariko decides to investigate. She soon uncovers a history of suicides connected to the apartment stretching back to a tragic relationship which exerts a supernatural influence. Does a creepy little girl know more than she is letting on.

Apartment 1303 - When Chika Arakawa Tells You to Look, Look!

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Berserk – Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme King, The Dinosaurs Before Dark, Outrage, Trailers

Some trailers and DVD releasing information for anybody interested in Japanese films and anime… especially Berserk

Berserk – Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme King

Release date: January 2012

Running time: N/A

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka

Starring: Hiroaki Iwanaga (Guts), Takahiro Sakurai (Griffith), Toa Yukinari (Casca), Aki Toyosaki (Charlotte) Kenta Miyake (Nosferatu Zodd), Minako Kotobuki (Rickert), Kazuki Yao (Gaston)

My first taste of Beserk since playing the Dreamcast game. Thanks to a cover-disk on Neo magazine I then watched the first episode and found it dull and I never really got into it. This trailer looks much more exciting.

Due out in Japanese theatres in January 2012 this  is the first of a trilogy of movies based on Miura Kentarō’s original Beserk manga covering the Golden Age Arc (vols. 3-13). Animated by Studio 4°C, it has been directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka who has worked as animation director on notable titles like Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Christo), Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and the Working Through Pain Segment of Batman:Gotham Knight.

Interestingly, the trailer features a sample of the film’s main theme, Aria, which was composed by electronic artist Hirsawa Susumu (Paprika, Paranoia Agent) who workedcomposed the soundtracks for the series and videgames as well as the closing theme Utsukushikumono by Ai. This is also another sign of Warner Bros. increased presence in the Japanese film industry where they are distributing or making titles like Paradise Kiss and Higanjima. The CGI doesn’t convince but the rest of the chaos does a this is my chance to get involved in what many consider to be a classic franchise.

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Un-Go First Impressions

Based on a series of original detective stories named Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonochou by Ango Sakaguchi,  the story takes place in the near future and focuses on a detective named Shinjūrō Yūki his assistant named Inga as the two work together solving mysteries. It was produced by the animation studio Bones and the production team of Un-Go consists of Fullmetal Alchemist staff veterans. So what is it like?

Un-Go TitleA car is on fire. It seems to have fallen into a ravine. A man lies on the ground. “Am I gonna die?” he gasps. Out of the corner of his gaze a woman replies, “You did die.” He is Yuuki Shinjirou, the last great detective or, as the media dub him, the defeated detective and the woman is Inga.

Un-Go Inga the FirstAnd so begins an anime that mixes near-future hi-tech adventures, crime, gender-bending, shady politics and censorship in a nicely animated slice of speculative fiction.

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