Ace Attorney film hinted at by Thirteen Assassins director

Tuesday, 24th May 2011 00:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Takashi Miike has dropped some pretty heavy hints suggesting he’s working on a Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney film. Yes. Please.

“It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS,” Miike said, speaking to the Huffington Post of his current project.

The director was attending the 2011 Cannes film festival to promote his latest film, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.

His long and prolific career includes many cult favourites, including Thirteen Assassins, Zatoichi, Zebraman and – waitforitwaitforit – Dead or Alive and its sequel.

There’s plenty of material in the Ace Attorney series – six core entries at present – although notably little of it includes fight scenes. Pity.

Thanks, cubed3.



  1. TheWulf

    Oooh, yay! Though it would really need to be translated by Capcom’s team to retain the humour we know and love.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. neon6

    How far away will it veer from it’s original concept?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Schindet Nemo


    I don’t think this will work out well.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gurdil

    Now THAT’S weird! oO Two exciting elements (a film about Ace Attorney and a new film by Takashi Miike) but I can’t seem to imagine how this could turn out in the end. It’s just…. WTF?!? I don’t mean I’m sure it’ll fail ’cause you never know but they’re just two very different universes…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Transgenique

    You’re aware that the Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive have nothing to do with the vidéogame series, right ?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Jeru

    Also Zatoichi (at least it’s latest incarnation) is a Takeshi KITANO film, not Miike’s. No biggie, but you don’t need to be an otaku to know or check this, right? ;)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gurdil

    @5 I think Brenna mentioned the Dead or Alive films ’cause they’re very popular and very well done, hinting that he could do a nice work with Ace Attorney, not because she mistook them for the video game adaptation.

    @6 True. Well, TBH Miike did direct a Zatoichi iteration but it was a play, not a movie.

    On a side note, Brenna didn’t mention my all-time Miike favorite: Visitor Q! Now that’s an insane movie! lol

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Transgenique

    The “– waitforitwaitforit –” thing made me doubt of it #7, and the Zatoichi thing isn’t there to reassure me :p

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gurdil

    @8 Didn’t see it that way, maybe you’re right then ^^

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Transgenique

    No big deal anyway, can’t wait to see what a guy like Miike is going to do with an Ace Attorney movie :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Amaterasu

    waitforitwaitforit – Japanese film culture fail!

    #11 4 years ago

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