Toronto’s Gamercamp isn’t just about celebrating video games, it’s also about acknowledging and highlighting video game culture at large. And what better way to do that than by premiering one of the most unique video game movies to come along in a while: the unlikely big screen adaptation of Capcom’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, directed by infamous Japanese schlockmeister-turned-auteur Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive, 13 Assassins). After successful screenings in both New York and Montreal, Ace Attorney will finally make its Toronto debut in the lead-up to Gamercamp.
Miike’s gleefully faithful adaptation of the popular handheld game tells the story of a rookie lawyer who has just three days to solve the biggest case of his life. Kotaku declared the cartoonish courtroom drama to be “the best video game movie ever,” but for those of you worried about the low bar set by such films they also called it “a legimitately good movie.” Combining the game’s oddball sense of humour and Miike’s own twisted cinematic sensibilities is sure to make Ace Attorney an enjoyable viewing experience for fans of the series and newcomers alike.
Gamercamp will be giving fans two chances opportunities to see film the film in the coming weeks: a special Hallowe’en screening on Oct. 31 at 7 PM, co-presented by CINSSU at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), and a post-Gamercamp screening on Nov. 4 at 6 PM, co-presented by Toronto After Dark, at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W). Ticket info can be found at gamercamp.ca/ace.
Incidentally, Dork Shelf will be running a contest to give away some passes to these Ace Attorney screenings very soon, so stay tuned!
Gamercamp runs from November 3 – 4, 2012 in Toronto. Be sure to check out the wild and wacky Ace Attorney trailer below.