Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa
In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Shambhala (or Shambala) is a mystical kingdom hidden somewhere beyond the snowpeaks of the Himalayas. The myths of Shambala were part of the inspiration for the tale of Shangri-La told in the popular book Lost Horizon, and thus some people even refer to Shambala improperly as if it were Shangri-La. Shambala's location and nature remains a subject of much dispute, and several traditions have arisen as to where it is, or will be, including those that emphasize it as a non-physical realm that one can approach only through the mind. It is said that when the world declines into war and greed, and all is lost, a King of Shambhala will emerge from the secret city with a huge army to conquer evil and herald the Golden Age.
The Thule Society mentioned in this movie really existed. It estabilished the basics of the Nazi ideology, including the Nazi Flag and the myth of Aryan superiority. In its ranks, there were members from the top echelons of the 3rd Reich, including Rudolf Hess (who will make an appearance in this movie), Karl Hausshofer (who appeared in the last episode of the TV series), Alfred Rosenberg, and Adolf Hitler himself.
Furher King Bradley also has an alternative character on earth. He first tells Ed that his name is Mabuse and that he is a filmmaker, but later on Ed finds out that his real name is Fritz Lang. Fritz Lang was actually a real austrian film maker ( life: 1890-1976). Though he was a jew in the movie, in real life his mother was jewish but converted to roman Catholicism. The name Mabuse comes from the character Dr.Mabuse from one of Lang's films called "Dr.Mabuse,the gambler".
Although many of the members of the Thule society in the movie were all people from the society in real life, the main antagonist in the movie, Dietlinde Eckart was not. However, it is thought that her character may have been related to Dietrich Eckart, who was a prominent member of the Thule Society in real life.
An addition to this Fritz Lang story. Its a very intriguing thing that they made the Furher King Bradley's counterpart Fritz Lang because apparently the real Fritz was called to the meeing with a Mr.Joseph Goebbels, the once chancellor of Germany. Mr.Goebbels told Fritz the one of his films was to be banned from public viewing. Which movie? Dr.Mabuse,the Gambler, the movie that inspired the FMA movies character's name. Not only that but guess who followed in Mr.Goebbel's place as Chancellor. Adolf Hitler himself, commonly referred to by his followers as, Der Furher.
The "Beer Hall Putsch," an unsucessful atempt of Hitler and his associates to overthrow the German government, is depicted in the movie.
King Bradley's flag portrays a dragon and a six pointed star. It is ironic that his counterpart is Jewish because the star of David (a Jewish symbol)is a six pointed star.
The movie that Fritz Lang is shooting at the UFA studios when he meets with Ed is "Die Nibelungen" (1924)
Two of Alphonse Heiderich's colleagues look a lot like Law and Dorochet the chimeras.
When Edward sees the truck of gypsies pass by towards the end of the movie, you can see Scar and Lust sitting in the front.
Despite popular misconception, Alfonz Heiderich's illness is not tuberculosis. (TB is contagious, and it would be highly unlikely for others to allow him near them if they new him to be sick with it during the time frame of the movie.) His sickness is due to prolonged exposure to rocket fuel fumes. His illness is not explained during the movie as either of these, but is instead listed in one of the special cinema guides published after the release of the movie.
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