“Fullmetal Alchemist” film to Premiere and Open the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

Live action adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s “Fullmetal Alchemist” starring Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada will be screened as the opening film of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25. This will also be the movie’s world premiere. It is the first time in 10 years a Japanese film opened the festival, and also the first time in history for a Japanese manga-based film.

The film is directed by Fumiko Sori (Ping Pong) who also worked on the CG of Titanic. Shooting for the film was also carried out in Italy. Director Fumihiko Sori says, “It is a great honor for us that Fullmetal Alchemist is chosen as the opening film for the Tokyo International Film Festival. As one of the latest Japanese films , I sincerely hope that it will widely appeal Japan’s content power and Japanese films’ quality and technology not only to the people in Japan, but also to foreign people.”

Director Sori will also be attending a special talk show “Master Class,” which was previously hosted by Takeshi Kitano and John Woo.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen and featuring former US Vice President Al Gore, will close the festival on November 3.

In addition, as the 30th TIFF’s Special Opening Presentation, highlights from the upcoming release Legend of the Demon Cat, the largest-ever Japan-China co-production, directed by Chen Kaige and starring Shota Sometani will be screened during the Opening Ceremony. You can check out the list of special screenings at TIFF’s official site.

Fullmetal Alchemist (2017/Japan) – World Premiere

A fantasy/action spectacular that brings to live action the epic world of the hit comic series that has sold over 70 million copies around the world. Two brothers embark on a journey to regain all they have lost!
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Cast: Ryosuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, Yasuko Matsuyuki
*Tickets for this title will be sold by pre-order lottery.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017/ USA)

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Director: Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
Cast: Al Gore

Special Opening Presentation
Legend of the Demon Cat (2017/China=Japan=Hong Kong)

The acclaimed director Chen Kaige presents a spectacular epic film about the greatest mystery in history, based on the best-selling Japanese novel by Baku Yumemakura, featuring Chinese and Japanese stars.
Director: Chen Kaige
Cast: Shota Sometani, Huang Xuan, Hiroshi Abe

(via Oricon, TIFF, Crunchyroll)

  • Comments

    • Yuu

      Ahhh this yamada ryosuke and yamashita tomohisa makes the perfect pair of overrated actors in Japan. I don’t really care for them but since he is recreating one of my favourite characters in one of my favourite anime he better not mess it up with his mediocre acting, or else I will officially become his anti.

      • Nika Jer

        OMG putting their acting skills in the same level hahahaha LOL

        • Yuu

          I’m most definitely not put them on the same level. Just merely stating how these 2 are the amongst the most overrated actors I’ve seen in Japan. They deserve far too much credit and opportunities for their acting abilities and versatility. But won’t deny one of them is a little better at it, though it’s almost the same acting style and character design every single time.

          • rs34

            ‘same acting style and character design every single time’

            Which drama of Yamapi have you watched to make that conclusion?

            • Yuu

              Like mentioned above his dramas and few of his movies since 2005, when i just started following j-dramas.

              • rs34

                but there’s nothing similar in acting style and character design in yamapi’s roles between nobuta, code blue, algernon, ending planner, 5 to 9 or monster (among few of his roles).

                i know you are not a hater but i somehow want to understand how his roles in those that i listed above are similar to each other. i can understand if code blue and kurosagi is similar since he is playing cool and cold guy there but between algernon (playing a disable person) to 5 to 9 (being funny with a deadpan expression) to boku no unmei (hilarious and over the top) for an example, how its the same acting style?

                • kuro

                  A breakdown of Yamapi roles interpretation

                  Flighty (with drunk like manerism) & quirky: Boku no Unmei, Nobuta
                  Deadpan: 5-9, Kurosagi, IWGP, Code Blue and every other dramas/ movies he has acted in
                  Flighty, quirky + deadpan: Algernon

          • Nika Jer

            And what have you watched? XD
            Haters gonna hate lol

            • Yuu

              yamapi’s works since 2005
              yamada’s works a year or 2 later
              And before you call me a hater i have nth against his idol work. Just find that he is not a good actor and there are plenty of other good actors out there who deserve the chance instead. You can’t deny that he was basically gets more casting due to his looks and agency.

              • Yuu

                And stop using the word “hater” casually just because someone doesn’t support the same person support or share a different opinion on a matter.

                • kuro

                  actually the word “hater” is just a slang to describe someone who opposes another’s opinion/faves. it’s not literal “hate” especially used in the context of “haters gonna hate”

              • kuro

                Just a quick look at their stand alone work (not counting SP, 2nd/3rd season)

                Yamada: 17 works in total
                Yamapi: around 29

                Yamapi has the experience and a wider range of roles compared to Yamada who has been playing a high-school detective-like characters half of his career. I only saw his potential after Grasshopper.

                I do enjoy watching both actors but they aren’t among my top ranking Johnny’s actors.

          • kuro

            Who you think is the better actor?

            • Yuu


            • Yuu

              I find yamada’s acting very cridgy. As though he’s trying too hard.

              • kuro

                Fair enough. I do get that from him in his older dramas and assclass although recently, I don’t find his try-hard as annoying as Kame. He’s younger with smaller list of work so I can still see potential to curb that habit.

          • rs34

            ‘They deserve far too much credit and opportunities for their acting abilities and versatility. ‘

            but yamapi brings in the ratings so tv station likes to have him. if he keeps bringing in the ratings, they will keep hiring him since he done the job which was given to him.

        • kuro

          Who’s the better actor? For me I think Yamada has better acting skills but too many bad scripts while Pi has more star power with great luck in roles.

          • rs34

            in my opinion its yamapi as yamapi is playing various of roles while yamada somehow keeps playing detective type of roles in his dramas.

            • REMISU

              Yeah, he plays various roles and someone manages to not do well in most of them… (in my opinion.)

              But I do agree. Yamada’s role always has this cool, mysterious atmosphere to it in every film..

              I enjoy watching them both on variety shows though

              • Kuro

                Yamada has lots of those cool, mysterious vibe in most drama/movies i’ve seen him in. He’s really not lucky with scripts and kept getting streotype roles. I’m always bothered by his hair lol.

            • kuro

              Yes he did but his interpretation of the characters are very limited. I’ve been watching him from IWGP till now and I do like him but he’s not a good actor. He doesn’t emote well. The fish-eyes nick name he got is true.

            • kuro

              Roles are given to them, it’s not their choice. Yamapi had better luck compared to Yamada when it comes to roles. An actor skill is measured by how he emotes and make the characters real, not by their good luck or popularity. I don’t deny Yamapi has screen presence that make him somewhat pleasant to watch despite his acting flaws.

              Even if Yamada is technically the better actor, a lot of his drama sucks. He was not a detective in the flop getsu9 drama but he showed a lot of potential in it. He was also very good in Grasshopper, another non-detective character. He wasn’t bad as Kindaichi though (but Dots was superior).

    • AkaneHaga

      flop? or not?

    • Ely

      Can we not bash about the actors we havent seen their performance in this yet and just be proud that a japanese anime-manga adaptation is chosen to open Tokyo International Film Festival for the first time? Not to mention its Fullmetal Alchemist we’re talking about here. A legendary master piece. That’s quiet an achievement. Fingers crossed that this movie is really worth the hype. Being chosen for this is a good start.

    • Jo

      I wanna see Shota Sometani but the production looks tad tacky.

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