So, when I heard that a live action film adaptation of a Phoenix Wright game was in the works, I brushed it off with a huge amount of skepticism. I mean, honestly, how many times have we seen a fantastic franchise of games or anime get the film treatment, only to let down all the fans?
I really wasn't all that interested in having yet another great series get creamed under the feet of some money-mongering studio, not here or from Japan; so like I said, I brushed it off as a total wad of bunk.
However, today I actually take the time to look a little further at this film, now that the official trailer is out, and I notice something that caught my attention fairly quickly. That thing, just happened to be the film's director, legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike.
Now there might be some of you who are familiar with that name, and there might be some of you that are not. So for those of you that are not, I'd like to offer you a link here to his wikipedia page, and show you just a brief run-down of some of the massive amounts of titles that this director has under his belt. >> Takashi Miike<<
According to the wiki page, he is credited with over 70 full-length motion pictures, and people... that is saying a lot.
So now that I am giving my full attention to the what's what of this Phoenix Wright film, what is it exactly that I now expect to see Miike bring to the table?
True to his plethora of films, Takashi Miike has a knack for making some seriuous campy films. In fact, a vast majority of his films were made for the direct-to-video market, which comprises a huge part of the film industry in Japan. This means that a good director will have a lot of opportunity to work, but a nothing schedule to work with.
Additionally, the time constraints will make a direct-to-video film suffer sometimes due to the lack of tender loving care a good director will want to give it. So this means that while Miike is a prolific director, he has also been known to make several sub-par films in his time.
Having said that, it's quite possible that this is the perfect style of film for Takashi Kiike to helm, since a lot of his element is overly flashy, stylized and dare I say it, comic-book in presentation. Even when he is directing the most graphically brutal films under the scope of the modern cinema, he manages to do so with a smirk and a funny smile.
I think this one will be a definite must see for me. After that, it's anyone's guess.