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Film Review: Ace Attorney (2012) by Takashi Miike

Because of the rising amount of felonies, the number of trials has also increased all over Japan, resulting in a drastic change of the judicial system. Instead of a traditional trial in the new bench trail system, prosecution and defense face each other in an open trail and have three days to present evidence as well as cross-examine witnesses before on the last day a sentence is made. Young attorney Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) is a very ambitious, but inexperienced attorney when he takes over his second case: the defense of Maya Fey (Mirei Kiritani) who is the prime suspect for the murder of her sister Mia (Rei Dan). During the trail, Phoenix also has to face his childhood friend Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saito) who is the prosecutor, an infamous figure among his colleagues since he has never lost a case in court.

However, as the trial proceeds, Wright finds
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Nippon sells sci-fi 'Strayer's Chronicle' to S Korea

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Exclusive: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to Nk Contents for South Korea.

Starring Masaki Okada (Life Back Then) and Shota Sometani (Himizu), the film features the struggles of two sets of genetically manipulated children who grow up with extraordinary powers that could either save or destroy the world.

Warner Brothers Japan has the film set for theatrical release locally in June 27.

Nippon TV has also picked up romantic comedy Heroine Shikkaku (aka No Longer Heroine), based on the popular manga series by Momoko Koda.

Starring Mirei Kiritani (Ace Attorney), Kenta Yamazaki (L・Dk) and Kentaro Sakaguchi (Umimachi Diaries), the high school lesbian love triangle film is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa (Handsome Suit, Sadako 3D).

The company also has Initiation Love, directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Memories of Tomorrow), starring Shota Matsuda (Boys Over Flowers) and Atsuko Maeda (Tamako in Moratorium).

The film, in post-production
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The first teaser trailer for Joshi Zu takes flight

A quick update to let you know that a teaser trailer has landed for zany action-fest, Joshi zu. Check it out at the link below. It doesn't take much to distract us at 24Fps. All you need is some beautiful girls and the promise of monster-bashing action. So colour us happy that a poster has arrived for upcoming hero movie, Joshi zu. This intriguing new project is directed by Yuichi Fukuda and expected to debut on June 7, 2014. As for the girls, and let's face it, it's all about the girls, you're looking at Mirei Kiritani (Red), Mika Aota (Blue), Mitsuki Takahata (Yellow), Kasumi Arimura (Green) and Mizuki Yamamoto (Navy). Synopsis: To battle a malicious monster, five women are gathered in front of Commander Charles against their will. The five women are selected because they each have a family name that represents a colour. The five women are filled with doubts
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Poster for hero caper Joshi Zu has our complete attention

It doesn't take much to grab our attention here at 24Fps. All you need is some beautiful girls and the promise of monster-bashing action. So colour us happy that a poster has arrived for upcoming hero movie, Joshi Zu. This intriguing new project is directed by Yuichi Fukuda and expected to debut on June 7, 2014. As for the girls, and let's face it, it's all about the girls, you're looking at Mirei Kiritani (Red), Mika Aota (Blue), Mitsuki Takahata (Yellow), Kasumi Arimura (Green) and Mizuki Yamamoto (Navy). We'll keep you updated on this one. We owe you that. Synopsis: To battle a malicious monster, five women are gathered in front of Commander Charles against their will. The five women are selected because they each have a family name that represents a colour. The five women are filled with doubts about what they are able to do collectively, but they go up
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One Teaser Trailer and a Very Long Synopsis for Eriko Kitagawa’s I Have to Buy New Shoes

Generally speaking, I don’t do romantic comedies or romantic dramas. They just don’t settle very well with me. I keep expecting a gunfight or a martial arts sequence to break out, and I’m often very disappointed when that doesn’t happen. Even though I’ve learned to keep my expectations under control, my love for visceral action and elaborately staged fight scenes simply cannot be contained. And while I seriously doubt there’s anything of the sort in writer/director Eriko Kitagawa’s “I Have to Buy New Shoes”, I’m still strangely drawn to the film for reasons I simply cannot explain. Am I going soft? Yikes. Here’s a short but effective synopsis from AsianWiki: Freelance writer Aoi Teshigahara (Miho Nakayama) lives in Paris, France. Sen Yagami (Osamu Mukai) is a photographer who came to Paris, France due to his younger sister Suzume’s (Mirei Kiritani) insistance.
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Nyaff 2012 Review: My Objection to 'Ace Attorney's Long Running Time

Give us a cut of Ace Attorney that clocks in at say, 90 minutes, and it would probably be gold. There's a lot to like about director Takashi Miike's take on the first game in the long-running series. What trips the ultimately enjoyable adaptation up is that it wears out its welcome at 135 minutes, and coupled with structural problems inherent in every courtroom setup requiring Phoenix Wright to delay for time, it feels like the movie overstates its case by the one hour mark.

As such things goes, Ace Attorney (Gyakuten saiban) is very faithful to the source material, the 2001 Gba title. That game, and the movie see awkward but well-coiffed defense attorney Phoenix Wright embroiled in a series of murder cases where he has to piece together contradictions to evidence and testimony from the prosecution, typically embodied by unscrupulous lawyer for the state and former childhood friend of Wright's,
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First teaser for "Tsunagu" starring Tori Matsuzaka

The official website for Yuichiro Hirakawa’s upcoming film Tsunagu has been updated with a new 32-second teaser trailer.

The film is based on a best-selling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, winner of the 32nd Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers.

In his first starring role in a feature film, Tori Matsuzaka plays Ayumi, a high school student who begins working as an apprentice spirit medium under the tutelage of his grandmother, Aiko (Kirin Kiki), in hopes of taking over for her someday. Through this work, he interacts with various people who have lost loved ones and experiences growth through the process.

Due to the nature of the story, the film features a full line-up of stars in small, but impactful supporting roles. Included are names like Tatsuya Nakadai, Ryuta Sato, Ai Hashimoto, Ito Ono, Kenichi Endo, and Mirei Kiritani, to name a few.

Tsunagu” will be released by Toho in
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Non-Gaming News Extra: "Phoenix Wright" Coming to New York and Anaheim in June

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,
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Tori Matsuzaka gets his first starring film role in “Tsunagi”

Tori Matsuzaka, winner of the Best New Actor prize from the 85th Kinema Junpo Awards, is set to get his first starring film role in an adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura’s best-selling novel, Tsunagi.

Last year, the novel helped Tsujimura take home the 32nd Yoshikawa Eiji Award for New Writers. The story is a mixture of fantasy and human drama, depicting a young man’s personal growth through his work helping people connect with lost loved ones as a spirit medium.

Matsuzaka plays Ayumi, a high school student who’s working as an apprentice medium under the tutelage of his grandmother, Aiko (Kirin Kiki), in hopes of taking over for her someday.

Yuichiro Hirakawa worked on the screenplay and will direct. His previous directorial work includes TBS dramas such as Rookies, Jin and Mr. Brain. He was reportedly deeply moved by the original novel.

According to Hirakawa, the Tohoku earthquake
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A dozen images from Takashi Miike’s adaptation of ‘Phoenix Wright’

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Capcom’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the incredibly popular legal drama/thriller video game series, originally titled Gyakuten Saiban (or Turnabout Trial) in Japan has been adapted into a brand new live-action movie courtesy of prolific director Takashi Miike. The film, which is out in its native territory in February 2012, stars Hiroki Narimiya as the defense attorney Phoenix Wright, Mirei Kiritani as Maya Fey and Takumi Saito ss prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.

We’ve already had a trailer and TV spot for the film, which looks to be based on the first game on the series judging from what we’ve seen, and now here’s a dozen images from the movie – and boy does Miike look to have captured Phoenix Wright and co, perfectly!
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'Ace Attorney' Cast Photos Show Off Characters, Magnificent Hair

Director Takashi Miike gets that a well-coiffed attorney is an Ace Attorney in the Japanese adaptation of the Capcom series.

Japanese film site Eiga.com released a batch of exclusive cast photos from the live action Ace Attorney film over the weekend, providing our first detailed look at the characters before the movie hits in February. Directed by Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins), the director is in full-on Yatterman/Zebraman-mode, letting loose with the wild colors and exaggerated performances because hey, who's going to see a Phoenix Wright movie done as an understated chamber drama? No, we want him to make objections and we want weird murders and maybe some ghosts (Phoenix Wright games can get exceedingly bizarre).

Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright

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,
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Trailer and TV spot for Takashi Miike’s adaptation of ‘Phoenix Wright’

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Capcom’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the incredibly popular legal drama/thriller video game series, originally titled Gyakuten Saiban (or Turnabout Trial) in Japan has been adapted into a brand new live-action movie courtesy of prolific director Takashi Miike. The film, which is out in its native territory in February 2012, stars Hiroki Narimiya as the defense attorney Phoenix Wright, Mirei Kiritani as Maya Fey and Takumi Saito ss prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.

The first trailer and TV spot for the film, which looks to be based on the first game on the series judging from the action within, have surfaced online and we have them both for you:
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Japanese Trailers for Takashi Miike’s ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’

How many movies can Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) possibly direct in one year? It seems like the prolific director can do as much as he pleases. His latest is a film adaptation of the Phoenix Wright video game series, created by Shu Takumi and published by Capcom in which players assume the role of a defence attorney in a fictional courtroom setting. Based on the Japanese legal system, players strive to find their clients “not guilty” using investigation, evidence, and cross-examination to prove their case. The film will be a courtroom drama combined with the video game series’ signature style. Sci-fi elements are also used such as characters bringing up projected images during trials. Ace Attorney stars Hiroki Narimiya, Mirei Kiritani, and Takumi Saito, and is scheduled to be released in Japanese cinemas on 11 February 2012.

Via The Collidor
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‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ Trailer: Takashi Miike Adapts the Popular Courtroom Video Game Series

‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ Trailer: Takashi Miike Adapts the Popular Courtroom Video Game Series
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the first game in the very popular series of legal drama/thriller video games that was released as Gyakuten Saiban (Turnabout Trial) in Japan. Earlier this year we learned [1] that wildly prolific genre-hopping director Takashi Miike has been at work on a film adaptation of the series, and just over a week ago we saw the first footage [2] from that film. Now we've got the trailer for Phoenix Wright. No English subtitles on this one, unfortunately, but fans of the game should quickly be able to see what's going on, and even those new to the series will get the gist pretty fast. Hiroki Narimiya (Nana 1 & 2) stars as the defense attorney Phoenix Wright; Mirei Kiritani is Maya Fey; and Takumi Saito (Robogeisha) is prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be released in Japan in February 2012. We don't have any word of a Us date at this point.
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Full Trailer For Takashi Miike's DS Game Adaptation Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

As reported by Twitch back in May, prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike's new film will be a movie adaptation of the hugely popular Nintendo Gba and DS game franchise, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (original title: Gyakuten Saiban). Those who have played the game would know that it involves intense courtroom battles between the attorney and the prosecutor, where they have to present evidence, cross-examine witnesses and detect any contradictory statements that may hold the key to the case. The cast includes Hiroki Narimiya (Nana 1 & 2) playing defence attorney Phoenix Wright, Mirei Kiritani as Maya Fey the sister of Wright's boss, and Takumi Saito (Robogeisha, Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl) as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. The film will be released in Japan in February 2012....
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Objection to Latest Video Game-to-Film Adaptation? Maybe Not! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Heading to Big Screen

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Video game adaptations have mostly been criticized by a large majority of cinema-goers for a lack of care from the studios, filmmakers and the original source itself. With next year seeing the release of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, another new film to join this slate of adaptations and it is based the critically successful Phoenix Wright : Ace Attorney series featured on the Nintendo DS.

For those who may not know the story nor the games themselves, each game follows defense lawyer Phoenix Wright who takes on various lawyers and tries to solve cases to protect his clients. Even though it may not sound interesting at first, it is the way that each case is presented and the completely ridiculous presentation that has made them so recognizable both in Japan and internationally.

Recently announced to be released sometime in Japan in early 2012, the film already has some impressive talent to back-up the film.
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Takashi Miike Confirmed for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Movie

In what is surely one of the weirdest news stories I've read all week, Capcom have officially announced that a movie adaptation of their popular Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game series is in development. The franchise has been a hit on the Nintendo DS both in Japan as well as the rest of the world, with players taking control of a rookie defense lawyer who investigates various cases and ultimately takes them to the courtroom. The games have a cartoony style and a goofy sense of humour, and are generally considered to be fun for the whole family. That's not really the weird part though. The weird part is that the director of the movie is none other than Takashi Miike, the man behind such violent and disturbing films as Audition, Ichi the Killer, and most recently, 13 Assassins. Has the renegade filmmaker finally sold out? Rumours of Miike's involvement first started at Cannes,
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Kento Hayashi and Mirei Kiritani to star in the live-action adaptation of “Arakawa Under the Bridge”

Kento Hayashi and Mirei Kiritani have been announced as the two leads in Ken Iizuka’s upcoming comedy Arakawa Under the Bridge, a live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s gag manga of the same name. The film will be preceded by a television series featuring the same cast.

Hayashi will play Sou “Riku” Ichinomiya, the son of a wealthy family who prides himself on standing on his own two feet, never allowing himself to become indebted to anyone. Kiritani will play Nino, a beautiful, yet bizarre girl who lives under a bridge and claims to be from the planet Venus. When Nino saves Riku’s life, he feels compelled to repay the debt by any means necessary. Uninterested in a quick pay-off, Nino instead requests that he love her and live with her under the bridge. Now in debt to Nino for his very life, including all future accomplishments, Riku is forced to comply.
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Full trailer for Kentaro Otani's "Runway Beat"

The official websiter Kentaro Otani’s Runway Beat has been updated with a 90-second trailer.

The film is an adaptation of a mobile phone novel by Maha Harada which was accessed a record 7 million times. D-Boys acting troupe member Koji Seto stars as Biito “Beat” Mizorogi, a transfer student with a “genius” fashion sense who teams up with several of his new classmates to plan a fashion show for their annual school festival.

According to Tokyograph, Nanami Sakuraba co-stars as a girl named Mei, Mirei Kiritani plays a model named Mikitty, Kei Tanaka plays a computer otaku, and Imalu plays Mei’s friend Anna.

Shochiku will be releasing “Runway Beat” in Japan sometime in March 2011.

Official website
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Teaser for Kentaro Otani's "Runway Beat"

On Friday, a teaser was released for a new film from director Kentaro Otani (Thirty Lies or So, Nana) called Runway Beat.

The film is an adaptation of a mobile phone novel by Maha Harada which was accessed a record 7 million times. D-Boys acting troupe member Koji Seto stars as Biito “Beat” Mizorogi, a transfer student with a “genius” fashion sense who teams up with several of his new classmates to plan a fashion show for their annual school festival.

Other cast members include Nanami Sakuraba as Mei, Mirei Kiritani as a model named Mikitty, Kei Tanaka as a computer otaku, and Imalu as Mei’s friend Anna.

Shochiku will be releasing “Runway Beat” in Japan sometime in March 2011.

Sources: Official website, Tokyograph
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