Director Miike: Ace Attorney Film Will See Int'l Release
posted on by Justin Sevakis
At the world premiere of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (the live action adaptation of the popular Phoenix Wright games), director Takashi Miike expressed his expectation that the film would be released internationally.
The premiere took place at International Film Festival Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Following the premiere of the film, which runs 135 minutes and covers the first five court cases in the game, Miike stated that there are plans to release the film internationally, with local subtitling and dubbing. Twitch noted that the film screening's English subtitles anglicized character names to reflect the game's American release. (For example, Ryuuichi Naruhodo is subtitled as "Phoenix Wright.")
Sale of international distribution rights is common practice for nearly all motion pictures, and distribution in a local area cannot occur until those rights are sold to a local distributor. Unfortunately, Miike did not comment directly as to whether any rights sales had yet taken place for the film.
Takashi Miike's film adaptation of CAPCOM's videogame 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 will open in Japan on February 11.