The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced today that the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Hagane no Renkinjutsushi/Fullmetal Alchemist manga, directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Vexille), will be screened as its opening film on October 25. It is the first time for a Japanese film in 10 years since Midnight Eagle directed by Izuru Narushima (Solomon's Perjury) in 2007, and the first time for a live-action film adaptation based on a Japanese manga since the festival began in 1985.
The screening will be also the film's world premiere. The organizers describe the film as "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!"
Ticket for the screening will be sold by pre-order lottery on the festival's official website, which will be
accepted between September 27 and October 3.
During the event period, director Sori is scheduled to join a special talk show "Master Class," which was
previously hosted by Takeshi Kitano and John Woo. 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."
The 23-year-old Ryosuke Yamada (a member of Japanese idol group Hey! Say! JUMP)-starring film hits
Japanese theaters December 1, 2017.
3rd trailer Japanese version
(C)2017 Hiromu Arakawa/SQUARE ENIX (C)2017 Movie "Fullmetal Alchemist" Production Committee