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"Gyakuten saiban" (original title)

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This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The plot follows Phoenix Wright, a novice lawyer, who faces off against expert ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroki Narimiya ...
Ryuuichi Naruhodou (Phoenix Wright)
Takumi Saitô ...
Reiji Mitsurugi (Miles Edgeworth)
Mirei Kiritani ...
Mayoi Ayasato (Maya Fey)
Akiyoshi Nakao ...
Masashi Yahari (Larry Butz)
Shunsuke Daitô ...
Keisuke Itonokogiri (Dick Gumshoe)
Rei Dan ...
Chihiro Ayasato (Mia Fey)
Akira Emoto ...
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Gou Karuma (Manfred von Karma)
Kimiko Yo ...
Maiko Ayasato (Misty Fey)
Takehiro Hira ...
Shin Mitsurugi (Gregory Edgeworth)
Eisuke Sasai ...
Yukio Namakura (Robert Hammond)
Makoto Ayukawa ...
Masaru Konaka (Redd White)
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Natsumi Oosawagi (Lotta Hart)
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Koutarou Haine (Yanni Yogi)
Kiba-Chan ...
Sayuri (Polly)
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This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The plot follows Phoenix Wright, a novice lawyer, who faces off against expert prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, who had a perfect win record. He defends Maya Fey, the sister of his deceased mentor, Mia Fey. The court system of the time dictates that the trial can only convene for a total of three days before a verdict must be reached. In the second case, Miles is charged with murder, and it is up to Phoenix to defend him against the best prosecutor of all time, as well as Miles' mentor, Manfred Von Karma, who has not lost a case in forty years! In order to resolve this case, Phoenix must look beyond the drama of the court room and search for clues left by Mia on a 15 years old case, the DL-6. Written by iluvpopcorn23

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In the movie Gyakuten Saiban, the Blue Badger, the mascot of the Police Department in the Phoenix Wright universe is shown ahead of it's time, the Blue Badger should not exist until 1 year after the case which was shown at the start of the movie. See more »

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This is what a video game adaptation should be like.
21 March 2012 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing this film in Tokyo while it was still in theaters. Having played all of the Phoenix Wright/Gyakuten Saiban games, I was very familiar with the source material. That being said, it easily introduces all of the characters in a very succinct manner, and their personalities show through brilliantly on the big screen.

The summary: Ryuichi Naruhodo aka Phoenix Wright is a struggling defense attorney who works for the Ayasato law firm. After a shocking murder, he finds himself in the high court defending a client against murder... pitted against a prosecuting prodigy... who just happens to be a childhood friend. The twists and turns of the case lead Naruhodo into an investigation of a long-closed case which is very relevant to current events.

For fans of courtroom drama or mystery, it's a very suspenseful and very clever murder mystery, but if you've played the first game, you already know how it turns out. For once, a director chose to go with the original story rather than trying to go off in a strange direction or "re-imagine" the details that people know and love (yes, I'm looking in your direction, Michael Bay), though some elements have been absorbed into one story to make sure the entire story takes place. All of the cases from the game are referenced, though not all of them are fully played out on screen (time constraints). Additionally, there are no clever "wink wink" moments to future games in the series, thank goodness.

Purists will be happy to know that some of the musical numbers come straight from the game, particularly in the courtroom, and the "floating box" evidence presenting element from the game is preserved as a very cool holographic system.

If I may level one criticism, it's that just like the game, the "investigation" portions tend to drag, but the courtroom scenes will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, pointing dramatically and shouting, "IGI ARI!" -- OBJECTION!


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