Netflix have revealed their February 2018 line-up and one particular title has caught the interest of the anime community. On 19th February 2018 the Japanese live-action movie adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga will be available exclusively for worldwide as an ‘Netflix Originals’ title.
Released in Japanese theaters on 1st December 2017, this is the first live-action adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa‘s Fullmetal Alchemist series which had already received two anime television series and two anime movies.
The film is directed by Fumihiko Sori who has also directed a number of works including the 2002 live-action adaptation of Ping Pong, the 2007 CG anime Vexille, the 2008 chanbara film Ichi, and the 2009 CG anime To (2001 Nights) films. Warner Bros will be distributing the film in Japan, whom also distributed the live-action Rurouni Kenshin trilogy.
The cast of characters for this live-action movie include:
- Ryōsuke Yamada as Edward Elric
- Atomu Mizuishi as Alphonse Elric
- Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
- Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
- 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
It’s also worth noting that due to contractual reasons (such as a ‘no photo rule’) the actor Ryōsuke Yamada can’t be shown in the promotional material as part of his agency’s requirements.
The plot 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 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 “automail” 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.
Warner Bros Japan have shared a fair amount of trailers to promote their film:
The manga source material is available in print by distributor Viz Media and the anime adaptation is available on Blu-ray by distributor Manga Animatsu for the UK & Ireland. The anime franchise is also available to stream on Netflix in its original 2003 adaptation and the Brotherhood remake.