Take That!! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – The Movie Is Headed To The Big Screen

By Ishaan . May 26, 2011 . 7:00pm

Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix WrightThe Ace Attorney series is headed to the big screen, Capcom revealed today, with Japanese director, Takashi Miike, in charge of creating Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – The Movie.


Miike will be joined by cast members Hiroki Narimiya (as Phoenix), Mirei Kiritani (his assistant, Maya Fey), and Takumi Saito (as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth). Note that these are the localized names for the characters; in the Japanese versions of the Ace Attorney games, they all have Japanese names.


The movie is planned for an early spring 2012 release at Toho Cinemas across Japan.


Mirei Kiritani certainly has the hair for the job.



This last one is not a Capcom-endorsed image, but that’s Takumi Saito (Miles Edgeworth). Concerned fangirls (and boys) can find his resumé here.


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  • Oh my!  I dont even play the games nor follow the series but with those actors for Miles and Phoenix, I would definitely rush to see this film, epic cast already!

    • Testsubject909

      If I was a woman. I would cream myself in fangirlism.

      • PersonaBull

        I’m a man, and I am.

    • Zero_Destiny

      Well really I haven’t seen a movie come out of 90’s and 2000’s Japan that doesn’t have a good looking  bishi and bishoujo cast. Just watch some Tokusatsu shows. There full of pretty boys and girls. XD (Though I guess for the most part it’s true over in Hollywood too. But I don’t know. Japan’s just got so much more. lol)


      Oh yeah Live Action Death Note and Gantz movies too.


  • ffboi7

    YES!!!!!! This movie is gonna be epic!!!!! xD Now bring on an anime series xD!!!!!

    • Testsubject909

      There’s a manga series if you wanna read it. But I imagine you already knew that.

      • Barrylocke89

        You mean those one-shot mangas? They were good, but not like a recreation of the games, or new whole cases, which is what I guess ffboi wants.

        • Exkaiser

          There’s an actual manga series involving new cases- not just the collections of humorous short stories.

        • There’s a manga series that goes into depth for new cases – basically new stories with established GyakuSai characters and new ones.  I have about four volumes of it (maybe more?).  Not sure if it’s out in English and it’s not super easy to read but it’s do-able.

          • Exkaiser

            At least a chapter of it was fan-translated, but I haven’t checked for updates on it in a while.

          • BTA

             I believe that the first English volume will be released this summer.

      • ffboi7

        Yes I’ve read the manga but they weren’t satisfying enough xD

  • Testsubject909

    Who are they going to hire for the bald judge? I want to see EPIC BEARDNESS!

    • Epic Beardman?

      • Zero_Destiny

        So this guy? lol


        • Testsubject909

          YES! a la bison. YES! a la bison.

  • Exkaiser

    I was wondering why Takumi Saito looked familiar- he was in the Yamato movie.

    These three look pretty good for the roles.

  • Awesome! It’s rare to see fans excited about the actors in a live action anime/game remake.

  • PersonaBull

    I think Edgeworth and Wright would have been better switched, personally. But, I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out. I’m still playing through Justice for All at the moment, though I did skip ahead and play Investigations. I should at least finish up the 2nd and 3rd Phoenix Wright games before this movie comes out.

  • Okay now I need to find out how to get over there or wait for the blu-ray/dvd release of it. But damn I so want to watch it.

  • Apache_Chief

    I wonder if it will be humorous like the games or more like a serious crime drama. Either way, holy crap.

  • Seeing as how I just watched Yankee-kun to Megane-chan drama, I think Hiroki could do well as Phoenix.

  • heartless141

    if any of you ever watch those detective series in japan, i would certainly hope this movie is not one of them.

  • RagnaXBL

    Lol is this really happening? awesome

  • IceRomancer

    Haha this’ll be interesting :)
    Hope it’s got a lighter tone to it.

  • Christian Wright

    me: phoenix wright hair is impossible!

    friend: not if you’re falling out of a plane!

  • Guest

    I thought Phoenix was a white dood…

    • RagnaXBL

      I felt the same way when all the ninja in power rangers samurai were white. totally unrelated but still…

    • Given the justice system in the games is a veeeerrry loose interpretation of Japan’s current system, it’s always been set in Japan. A lot of locations are also very Japanese in nature. Not to mention the original names and the like.

      Still, Capcom did a great job localizing it.

  • Finally, all the super awesome characters on the big screen! :D I can’t wait!

  • The hair is wrong


    • I wouldn’t be so concerned about that. It doesn’t look to me like any of them are supposed to be in any kind of character in those photos.

      • Testsubject909

        I’d say, as long as visually they look alright and in terms of character they land their role properly. All is fine.

        They may not be 1:1, but they’re easy on the eyes, so all that’s left is for them to act well and to portray their characters appropriately.

  • Now that’s just ridiculous!

    He doesn’t have nearly enough gel in his hair to be Phoenix Wright!

  • Fujoshi bait… it has that written all over it.

  • Xeahnort

    ZVARRI! Another great franchise ruined by a crap movie. Takashi Miike is the japanese counterpart of Uwe Boll.

    I wonder if Franciska Von Karma or Mr. Scruffy detective (Gumshoe) will appear.

  • I just can’t picture “Ace Attorney” in real image. I’m not just talking about the character design and Phoenix’s spiky hair. The series as a whole is too whacky for that. Anime would be perfectly up to the challenge, but this?

    We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.

    Kiritani totally resembles Maya, though.

    Now the question is… Who will be Mia? Whoever she is, she must fill… a huge bra. lol

    • Aoshi00

      I think live action could work well.. even the more wacky Nodame Cantabile worked as a TV drama and movie before being adapted into anime.. the Phoenix guy here looks a bit like Tamaki Hiroshi (Chiaki in Nodame).. and this isn’t really that over the top compared to Dragonball Evolution.. and you have other detective manga being turned into live action before like Kindaichi (again before it got turned into anime)..

      Mayoi (Maya) is hawt, very close expression :), so is the rest of the cast..  Looking forward to hearing all the “Igi Ari!!” (Objection!) :)

      Also I just finished Investigations 2 a bit earlier.. loving Edgeworth even more :) But he’s too nice now… looking forward to his smugness in this movie :)

  • While the ‘All-American’ MvC3 hardcore players don’t want anything to do with Phoenix Wright, I welcome this with open arms.

    • malek86

      I remember there were a lot of requests for Phoenix Wright, so I don’t know what you are talking about.

      • True, but still, the “hardcore crowd (AKA Sentinel mainers)” don’t want him, since they claim, “ooh, a waste of roster slot”.

        • Testsubject909

          Moreso, a request for ANYONE from the Ace Attorney series.
          Wouldn’t you love to play as the Steel Samurai? Your super special would be all the Samurais just pop out for one flashy special attack that ends with them posing as your opponent falls from the sky (if they didn’t block)

  • Yamaneko22

    Miles and especially Maya seem ok, but the guy who is supposed to be Nick not so much imo:/

  • PrinceHeir

    so this is J from Bloody Monday live action huh? :P

  • I wonder if it’ll be any more accurate about the legal system*.

    *Japanese or American.


  • The actress for Mia actually looks rather fitting, maybe a little old but….

  • Chow

    HOLD IT!!

    Me first!

  • Guest

    no comment

    lol paradox.

  • Wow, Phoenix turned bishounen, not that I mind, awesome movie is going to be awesome!! :D

    (Well as long as they know how to play their roles properly~).

  • So fuc&%ng gay… I wonder if Sho Takumi or Miike had anything to do with the casting… this makes me puke.

  • MisterDandylion

    Gyakuten Saiban: The Movie?  XO

    Ok, now were screwed AKA this is gonna rock!! :]

  • -sigh- Bloody Monday and Stand Up! actor Narimiya Hiroki as Phoenix Wright… I hope he can pull it off…i mean, I LOVED him in Bloody Monday and Stand Up! With Saito…his role in Princess Princess D was effy >w> HOPEFULLY he could pull off Edgeworth…can’t wait to see how this all turns out at the end… XD

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