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11 February 2012 (Japan) See more »
This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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 ... Judge

Ryo Ishibashi ... 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)

Mitsuki Tanimura ... Natsumi Oosawagi (Lotta Hart)
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Koutarou Haine (Yanni Yogi)
Kiba-Chan ... Sayuri (Polly)
Yûko Nakamura ... Sayuri Haine (Polly Yogi)
Miho Ninagawa ... Sakura Himegami (Dee Vasquez)
Kentaro Motomura ... Igai (Dee's Lawyer)
Seminosuke Murasugi ... Takefumi Auchi (Winston Payne)
Ayumu Saitô ... Hoshio Yamano (Frank Sahwit)

Takeru Shibuya ... Young Ryuuichi Naruhodou (Phoenix Wright)
Roi Hayashi ... Young Reiji Mitsurugi (Miles Edgeworth)
Ryôhei Kamamori ... Young Masashi Yahari (Larry Butz)
Minami Hamabe ... Young Chihiro Ayasato (Mia Fey)
Ritoka Nishiguchi ... Young Mayoi Ayasato (Maya Fey)
Yûji Abe ... Shingo Outorou (Matt Engarde)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuki Namioka

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
Takeharu Sakurai (screenplay) (as Takeshi Iida) &
Sachiko Ôguchi (screenplay)

Shu Takumi (video game)

Produced by
Hiroshi Miyazaki .... supervising executive producer
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
Cinematography by
Masakazu Oka (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kenji Yamashita 
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound designer
Other crew
Christian Storms .... subtitler: English
Motohide Eshiro .... thanks
Toshihiko Horiyama .... thanks
Masakazu Sugimori .... thanks
Takeshi Yamazaki .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Gyakuten saiban" - Japan (original title)
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135 min
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Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Spin off from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) (VG)See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This is what a video game adaptation should be like., 21 March 2012
Author: kansaikitsune from Florida, USA

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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