Fullmetal Alchemist live-action from the eyes of the critics [Analysis]

Fullmetal Alchemist, the most popular anime of all time now turned into live-action, is well underway. Just released in Japan December 1st, the Yamada Ryosuke starrer has received plenty of critical reviews from prominent English-language sites. 

Yamada Ryosuke himself was reported to have said that maybe a live-action movie is a ‘mistake’.

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The ‘Momentum’ of Yamada Ryosuke: Idol, Actor, Entertainer – What is he? [Part 1/3]

It would be easy to dismiss Yamada Ryosuke as a celebrity disguising himself as a dramatic actor if he has nothing to show after 10 years. That seems to be not the case. Born May 9, 1993, he began his ascent as a Japanese idol in 2007 as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP, and established his footing into the J-dorama scene by playing one of the 5 aspiring teen detectives in Tantei Gakuen Q on the same year.

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Tokyo International Film Festival celebrates its 30th Edition; Tommy Lee Jones is Jury President; Yamada Ryosuke’s Fullmetal Alchemist is opening film!

The 30th Edition of Tokyo International Film Festival starts October 25 until November 3, 2017, at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi and other venues in Tokyo. Film Festival screening tickets will be on sale from October 14. Heading the competition jury this year is Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones, with filmmaker Martin Provost, Iranian director/writer Reza Mirkarimi, Chinese actress/director Zhao Wei, and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase as members of the jury.

In the Competition section, 15 films were selected from among 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions. There are two Japanese films up for the major festival prizes, including Zeze Takahisa’s The Lowlife and Ooku Akiko’s Tremble All You Want.

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Fullmetal Alchemist – 鋼の錬金術師 [Live Action Coverage]

Warner Bros. Japan together with filmmaker and visual effects expert Sori Fumihiko will bring the live action adaptation of Arakawa Hiromu’s popular manga Fullmetal Alchemist. Yamada Ryosuke headlines the film as Edward Elrich. Fujioka Dean, Honda Tsubasa, Hongo Kanata, and Renbustu Misako make up the supporting cast. The film is slated for a December 1st theatrical release in Japan.

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What the Movie is all about: The movie takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, in a reality where alchemy (ancient esoteric science that sought the transmutation of matter) is real, extremely developed and respected. The plot features brothers Edward (Ryosuke Yamada) and Alphonse Elric who, after attempting the forbidden technique of human transmutation, suffer the consequences. Alphonse loses his entire body while Edward loses his left leg. Edward then sacrifices his right arm to save his brother’s soul by attaching it to a metal suit of armor. Edward is then given mechanical prosthetics known as “auto-mail” in place of his missing arm and leg. Upon acceptance into the State Alchemists, he is given the nickname “Fullmetal Alchemist”, all while searching with Alphonse for the legendary philosopher’s stone, that will repair their bodies.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Nov 15-16] Spotlight on Taishi Nakagawa (Today’s Kira-kun), Masaki Suda (Teiichi No Kuni), Ryosuke Yamada (Fullmetal Alchemist) & Masataka Kubota’s gender-bender roles!

 Taishi Nakagawa is soon emerging as Japan’s shoujo prince with the main lead in Today’s Kira-kun (きょうのキラ君) after playing second fiddle to Kento Yamazaki in Your Lie in April. A lot can happen in a day, and in the case of Japanese movie casting news, there’s plenty to talk about right this minute! I just posted casting news previously!

A teaser trailer showing students reacting to Taishi and co-star Marie Iitoyo romantic overtures in the movie says it all.

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