Ace Attorney, the live-action film based on the Capcom series of legal mystery games is finally coming to the U.S. as part of the New York Asian Film Festival and AM2.
The film, helmed by Ichi the Killer/Gozu director Takashi Miike is the big-screen adaptation of Capcom’s long-running series. The story sees luck-challenged defense attorney Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) coming to the aid of his nemesis, corrupt-ish prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saitou). There will certainly be the collecting of evidence, twists, and objections. I’m calling it now: the spectacularly named Manfred von Karma (Ryou Ishibashi) is somehow behind it. That hair is too regal and his suit too purple for him not to be up to some kind of dirt.
The movie makes its U.S. debut as part of the Anime, Manga, and Music Con (AM2), which runs from June 15-17. For those of you on the East Coast, it’ll also be screening as part of the New York Asian Film Festival, which runs from June 29th to July 15th. You can find out more details about AM2 on their site. Ditto for the New York Asian Film Festival.
Here’s the synopsis for the film:
In 20XX, to prevent the rise of vicious crimes the government introduces “bench trials” a new justice system where the defense and prosecutor go head-to-head in open court. Within just three days, a guilty or not guilty verdict is decided.
Talented attorney Mia Fey, who shows understanding for her junior lawyer, Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya), is murdered. Arrested for the murder is her spirit medium in training sister Maya Fey (Mirei Kiritani). Phoenix believes in Maya’s innocence and takes the case where he meets Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saito), a level-headed, prodigy attorney and childhood friend. An intense courtroom battle unfolds as testimony and evidence are presented.
After the trial, Phoenix receives word that Miles has been arrested for murder! Phoenix steps forward to defend Miles. Opposing council is none other than Miles’s master, legendary prosecutor von Karma (Ryo Ishibashi) who has been undefeated in court for 40 years. As the trial goes on, the 15 year old DL-6 case, where Miles’s father Gregory Edgeworth was shot and killed in the evidence room, is examined closely.
What will become of Phoenix, Miles and Maya? What dangerous truth lies behind this mysterious case?