Anime Expo To Present Panel With Star And Director Of Live-Action "Fullmetal Alchemist"

Anime Expo has announced that the July 1-4 LA event will welcome Guests of Honor Fumihiko Sori and Ryosuke Yamada

Anime Expo has announced that the July 1-4 LA event will welcome Guests of Honor Fumihiko Sori and Ryosuke Yamada to their first overseas anime convention, where they will present AX’s first-ever live-action movie panel in anticipation of the release of the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movie. 






Two young brothers break a great taboo in an attempt to bring their beloved mother back to life.

“This is it! The theory is sound! We can surely bring our mother back to life!”

Ed, a brilliant young man with a great aptitude for alchemy, shares his formulated theory of human transmutation with his younger brother Al.

Though they wish they could see their mother’s smiling face just one more time, the brothers push forward only to be met with a merciless fate. Their transmutation has failed, and Ed loses his left leg, while Al has paid the price of losing his entire body.

Weak and dying, Ed recklessly makes another attempt at transmutation, sacrificing his right arm in order to transmute Al’s soul and give it a home in a suit of armor. Though Ed has lost much, he refused to give up. Now outfitted with steel prosthetic limbs, Ed becomes a State Alchemist and sets out on a journey with his armor-clad brother Al in order to take back everything they have lost. And, he will eventually come to be known as the “Fullmetal Alchemist”.





While at USC in 1997, Sori worked on VFX of Titanic directed by James Cameron. After returning to Japan in 2002, he directed his first film Ping Pong, which was won Best Film and Best Director at the Japan Academy Awards. He produced the 3DCG animated film Appleseed in 2004 and directed the 3DCG animated film Vexille 2077 Japan Isolated Country in 2007. He was selected as the opening work for Locarno International Film Festival and invited to many international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival, which is a global hit. In live-action movies there are ICHI and Tomorrow’s Joe.





Born May 9, 1993. In 2007, he debuted as a member of “Hey! Say! JUMP” with single ‘Ultra Music Power’. Main movie works are Assassination Classroom (2015), Grasshopper (2015), Assassination Classroom: The Graduation(2016), Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2017).




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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