Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film to Open in Record 190+ Countries
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga revealed on Thursday that the film will open in over 190 countries around the world, including in the United States and Europe. According to the website, it will be the widest international opening for any Japanese film — live-action or animated. (The Japanese film industry often lists territories among "countries"; for example, Hong Kong is often listed separately from mainland China.)
The site is also streaming three new character introduction videos. The first video introduces Ed, Al, and Winry — "those who believe in the bond of brothers." The second video introduces the Homunculi — "those who would destroy the bond of brothers." The third video introduces the characters from the State Military — "those who protect the bond of brothers." All three videos preview Misia's theme song "Kimi no Soba ni Iru yo" (I'm By Your Side).
The film opened the Tokyo International Film Festival on Wednesday for its world premiere. The film will have IMAX and 4DX screenings in Japan, and will open on about 400 screens in Japan on December 1.
Anime NYC will screen the film's United States premiere as its closing film on November 19. Director Fumihiko Sori will attend the screening.
The film stars Ryōsuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP member and live-action Assassination Classroom's Nagisa) as Edward Elric, Atomu Mizuishi (Garo - Makai no Hana, Prince of Tennis 2nd season musicals) as Alphonse Elric (voice and motion capture), Tsubasa Honda (live-action Blue Spring Ride's Futaba) as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?) as Roy Mustang. Other cast members include:
- Fumiyo Kohinata as General Hakuro
- Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes
- Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
- Natsuna as Maria Ross
- Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
- Yo Oizumi as Shou Tucker
- Jun Kunimura as Doctor Marco
- Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
- Kanata Hongou as Envy
- Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
- Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello
The film tells the story in one complete film. Ed is being aged up to 20 years old; he was originally 15 in the manga. Alphonse will be rendered in full CG.
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