Live-Action Ace Attorney Film's Courtroom Previewed
posted on by Andrew Osmond
"Agatsuma," a publicity representative for the film distributor TOHO, posted a photograph of the courtroom set from Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation of CAPCOM's Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) videogame franchise on Friday. According to the TOHO representative, the award-winning art staff that worked on the film Jūsan-nin no Shikaku is working on this new film.
The film will star Hiroki Narimiya (Gokusen's Noda, NANA's Nobu, Akihabara @ DEEP's Page) as the novice attorney Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo). Other cast members include Takumi Saitō (RoboGeisha, Princess Princess D) as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi) as Mirei Kiritani (Arakawa Under the Bridge's Nino) as Maya Fey (Mayoi Ayasato).
The film will take place in a parallel Japan, where a large increase in harsh crimes has led to a new court system. Under this new system, the defense attorney and public prosecutor have three days to battle cases out in open court to determine guilt or innocence of the accused, placing priority on speed instead of thorough investigation. The film studio Toei has said it plans to use a lot of computer graphics and visual effects in the courtroom scenes in order to make them more interesting, but it will still retain the games' signature lines such as "Igi Ari!" ("Objection!") and "Kurae!" ("Take That!")
Filming was scheduled to finish in late June, with the film slated to open in theaters throughout Japan in early spring of 2012.