Ace Attorney Film Wins Audience Award at NY Asian Film Fest
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The organizers of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) announced on Thursday that Takashi Miike's live-action Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney film won first place for the festival's audience award. The 11th annual film festival ran from June 29 to July 15. Other films screened at the festival include Keiichi Satou and Toei's Asura anime film based on George Akiyama's manga, and Takayuki Hirao's Gyo anime film based on Junji Ito's horror manga.
Miike's adaptation of CAPCOM's Ace Attorney video game franchise takes 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 opened in Japan in February. At its international premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Miike predicted that the film would be released worldwide. It has since also played at the Hawaii International Film Festival and at California's AM2 convention, and is currently screening at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival and at the Melbourne International Film Festival.