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Phoenix Wright movie coming from the director of Ichi the Killer and Audition? Human minds are unprepared for this wonder

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Game movies are usually a huge pile of rotting crusty dump. I know that. But it doesn't matter any more. Because if a recent quote is to be interpreted as I believe it is - and I'm 99.99999999notenoughninesintheworld% sure it is - then we could soon be in for one so good that it'll instantly wipe away all the bad karma from the likes of Resident Evil and Double Dragon, leaving the planet pure and fresh once again.

Because following previous rumours, said quote implies very heavily that a live-action Phoenix Wright movie is indeed coming, and it's coming from Miike Takashi, the director of extreme cinema classics such as Ichi the Killer, Audition and the Dead or Alive trilogy. Read on, and I'll explain why that's a very, very good thing.

Speaking at Cannes to the Huffington Post about his new film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Miike mentioned his next project. Which is, and I quote:

"a very light comedy... a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS"

Any objections to me making a guess at what it's going to be? Thought not.

While most know Takashi from his violent, brilliantly-executed, psychological gore-fests (and a really brief cameo in Hostel), he's one hell of an eclectic director, and a perfect fit for Phoenix Wright. Whether he's slicing them in half or not, Takashi Miike handles exaggerated screwball characters very well indeed, and crucially he handles them with respect. If you've seen his brilliant musical-zombie-comedy-family-drama The Happiness of the Katakuris you'll know exactly what I mean. In fact if you haven't, here, watch this. It's my Tuesday gift to you:

He's also done kids' films, most notably The Great Yokai War and a film based on the '70s Yatterman anime, and directed a couple of episodes of the Ultraman Max TV show.

Basically, if anyone can bring the cartoony wit of Phoenix Wright to live action, it's this man. As a colleague on a sister magazine said to me upon hearing this news, if anyone can make hair work at 90 degree angles, it's Miike. And it's true.

Commence celebrating, There's a very high probablility this is going to be awesome beyond the capacity for human thought.

May 24, 2011

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19 comments

  • HumorTumor - May 25, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Well, a Director I hate making a game I love Consider me upset
  • bass88 - May 25, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Was the sub-heading a reference to the end of Audition? Love Miike. My favourite director. He doesn't always make great films but he certainly does things different. Anyone see 13 Assassins? It's magnificent!
  • Robusken - May 25, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    Hang on , he directed Sukiyaki Western Django ? Nevermind, this will 100% be brilliant.
  • Robusken - May 25, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    I barley know a thing about the Director of this, but anything based off Pheonix Wright must be automatically awesome.
  • BoobleDrop - May 24, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    i almost pissed myself. i am a massive Takashi Miike film. i've seen all 'dem movies, even gozu. even imprint, for that matter. i guess i have to go get a pheonix wright game now. @CoryM1134 yeah, it's kind of a shame that he has that sort of stigma over him. he's got a massive range, but a movie like, say, the bird people in china is never going to get as much publicity as a movie in which someone forces needles into a man's eyes, or in the case of gozu, an old woman bottles her breast milk aand also breastfeeds her brother. they both have they're own charm, the ultraviolent and the more socially acceptable, but i know how i heard of Miike
  • SharkConnery - May 24, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    SWEET CHRIST
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - May 24, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS= BEST MOVIE EVER.
  • cart00n - May 24, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    I've seen many of Takashi's films, and I have to go with "Meh." He's a director with an eye for stunning imagery, but he's also put out a lot of disjointed crap. I find most of his stuff suffers from pacing issues and/or being too weird for its own good. And I'm STILL trying to figure out why "Ichi" and "Audition" are regarded as gore filled classics - I thought they were actually pretty tame. And slow... reCaptcha: surveran mice
  • IceSickle - May 24, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Um, what did I just watch?
  • Aforextreme - May 24, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    I'm excited as crap for this. We already have a Layton movie (with a couple more on the way if I'm not mistaken), and now we're getting a Phoenix Wright movie? Here's hoping for the inevitable crossover. (They're doing a live-action Layton movie, as well.)
  • CoryM1134 - May 24, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    Everyone instantly attaches Miike's name to his few blood soaked films, but he's made tons of stuff that's excellent without being shockingly violent. Anyone ever seen Zebraman? That film is pure fun and charm. Sukiyaki Western Django wasn't excellent, but it was overflowing with heart from start to finish. Personally, I think a project like this is great for him. It'll probably be a good time to watch.
  • 8bitBaby - May 24, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    I um... wait... WHAT?! i'm very concerned. but i'll allow it out of true curiosity.
  • Aletheon - May 24, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    I'd like to have him make a video game for his movie Visitor Q.
  • salvadorzombie - May 24, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Ampatent - I'm truly saddened by your inability to appreciate Ichi. Have you seen any of Miike's other films? Audition, Gozu, Izo, countless others? The man's a damned fine director.
  • ThePrivateer - May 24, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    This is great news. I love Miike.
  • shawksta - May 24, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I dont know, This COULD be awesome, but then again I dont want the movie to be too focused on the laughter and not be serious. The ace attorney Series is a pretty serious investigation series everyone loves with humor but coming out of this director, I holding my fingers he can do it right. Also, I perfer it be an animated Movie rather than live but whatever. @ChiChiRocket Sven wasnt expecting the fanbase to go apeshit after he said it wont come to america and took the game into account, he's trying his best to try to get the game localized in any way possible.
  • SDHoneymonster - May 24, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    As long as there are no more needles anywhere near eyes scenarios. I still haven't recovered from that.
  • ChiChiRocket - May 24, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    That's cool. I'd rather play another Ace Attorney game though. Too bad Capcom said they won't be releasing Ace Attorney Investigations 2 in the US...
  • Ampatent - May 24, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Ichi wasn't what it was made out to be... by which I mean it sucked.

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