Takashi Miike is helming the movie adaptation of Phoenix Wright?

by wfgodbold

That would be like John Carpenter directing a movie based on a wholesome videogame series, like Sonic the Hedgehog.

It might turn out okay, but it’s got the potential to be horrifying.

The Phoenix Wright games (initially on the GBA in Japan, but the US releases are all on the Nintendo DS) are set in an alternate reality where the legal system is fraught with bizarre rules; the titular character is a defense attorney who acts more like a private investigator. He has to prove his client’s innocence before his rival, prosecuting attorney Miles Edgeworth can convict them.

Puns abound; names are puns, places are puns, and if you don’t like puns, you’d best avoid the games all together.

More than anything else, though, the games are a throwback to the adventure games of the 80s and early 90s. If you liked those, and the obsessive attention to every niggling detail they required, you’ll do just fine with Phoenix Wright.

The most recent Miike film I’ve seen is Sukiyaki Western Django, a bizarre mishmash of the War of the Roses and the Genpei War, with a dash of samurai, and a large heaping of spaghetti western. It was bloody and violent and entertaining as hell; I’m interested in seeing what he does with Phoenix Wright.


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