Blabbering of a Fool
A fitting end to the mega-hit drama series, yet there’s room for sequels (very unlikely though).
And it’s almost like watching a live-action Phoenix Wright. 😛
The main attraction, I would say, isn’t just Kuryu Kouhei（久利生 公平）, the main protagonist and portrayed by the famous Kimura Takuya（木村 拓哉）, but the entire cast, even those that appear exclusively in this movie. They managed to bring the entire original cast back, even for those, what I would call, cameo roles, and added a few more superb others. No roles have been downplayed at all. Well, I think I should list down the cast that appear in the movie. 🙂
Original Drama Cast:
Kuryu Kouhei（久利生 公平）: Kimura Takuya（木村 拓哉）
Amamiya Maiko（雨宮 舞子）: Matsu Takako（松 たか子）
Nakamura Misuzu （中村 美鈴）: Ootsuka Nene（大塚 寧々）
Shibayama Mitsugu （芝山 貢）: Abe Hiroshi（阿部 寛）
Egami Tatsuo（江上 達夫）: Katsumura Masanobu（勝村 政信）
Suetsugu Takayuki （末次 隆之）: Kohinata Fumiyo（小日向 文世）
Endou Kenji （遠藤 賢司）: Yashima Norito（八嶋 智人）
Ushimaru Yutaka（牛丸 豊）: Kadono Takuzou（角野 卓造）
Nabeshima Toshimitsu（鍋島 利光）: Kodama Kiyoshi（児玉 清）
Bartender（マスター）: Tanaka Youji（田中 要次）
Jousai Branch Guard（井戸 秀二）: Masana Bokuzou（正名 僕造）
TV Special Cast:
Takita Akihiko（滝田 明彦）: Nakai Kiichi（中井 貴一）
Izumitani Ririko（泉谷 りり子）: Ayase Haruka（綾瀬 はるか）
Ooyabu Masahiro（大藪 正博）: Ishibashi Renji（石橋 蓮司）
Movie Exclusive Cast:
Gamo Kazuomi（蒲生 一臣）: Matsumoto Koshiro（松本 幸四郎）
Hanaoka Renzaburou（花岡 練三郎）: Tamori/Morita Kazuyoshi（タモリ/森田 一義）
???（黛 雄作）: Kagawa Teruyuki（香川 照之）
Matsumoto Megumi（松本 めぐみ）: Kuninaka Ryouko（国仲 涼子）
Lee Byeong-heon（李炳憲）: Kang Min Woo（姜敏宇）
Another attraction of this movie would be its story, just like back in the drama. The persistance shown by Kuryu and friends in searching for any glaring contadictions in the evidence, not to just prosecute the suspect, but to bring out the possibly hidden truth. The way that Kuryu affects the people around him on how they look upon their job and work. The seemingly far-apart, yet surprising close relationship between Kuryu and Amamiya, going beyond that of a prosecutor and law clerk, etc…. Just like back in the glorious days of the drama. Very few movies adapted/continued from drama series can ever bring out the original ‘flavour’ that the audience of the drama series once enjoyed.
Loved the performance by Matsumoto Koshiro-san, who is Matsu Takako’s father in real-life, as Gamo Kazuomi…he just has this slight tinge of shrewdness in him, yet is able to emit a sense of justice when need to in the movie. Perfect for the role.
And yah, pretty girl Ayase Haruka is in too. Woot!
My verdict: 4.9/5. 0.1 lost for a rather impossible point during the climax of the court hearing, but still makes for the climax. 🙂