The live-action movie based on Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga opened in Japan during the Tokyo International Film Festival on Wednesday. The film will open in Japanese theaters on December 1, but Japan will not be the only country to receive the film. The official website for the movie stated that it will also open in over 190 countries including the United States and Europe.  This makes the biggest international opening for a Japanese film in history. 

In addition to this announcement, the website also launched three new character introduction videos. The first video introduces us to Edward, Alphonse and Winry, the second video introduces us to the Homunculi and the third video introduces us to the state military. Each video also gives us a preview of the movie’s theme song which is “Kimi no Soba ni Iru yo” by Misia.

Wikipedia describes the plot of the Fullmetal Alchemist film as follows:

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 (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 “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.


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