Full Metal Alchemist is an anime based in European setting. But the live action movie has an all Japanese cast. Something that might seem odd considering the heave Western them. But for those who want to know why Fumihiko Sori sat down to explain why the cast is all from the land of rising sun.
“The heart part of the original manga is perfectly Japanese, and the brother relationship between Ed
and Al is also unique to Japanese. It may be possible to recreate the manga characters’ visuals in a
Hollywood’s big-budget film, but the heart part must be shifted. I think it must be an ultimate choice
to decide which part should be given priority. But focusing more on the soul part, we reached the
conclusion that it must be very difficult unless they were played by Japanese actors Principal photography was held in Italy. There were so many Italian fans (of the series) and they also
wanted the characters to be played by Japanese, saying ‘Because it is a Japanese content.’ By producing
it as a Japanese film, we can closely talk with the original creators, and it is surely going to be a film that
keeps respect for the original manga. We dug into the part that only live-action can do. Since it is a human drama, there is no reason that
human actors can’t play. Even if it is an imagination world, the meaning to be played by real actors is
Now as for Al we have a new actor for him as for action scene actor seemed to have special magic.
“Initially, we planned to cast a famous person for the voice of Al. But the acting for motion capture by
Atom Mizuishi in a fighting scene was amazing and the dialogue between him and Ryosuke Yamada was
so fit with that between Al and Ed, so we couldn’t replace him. I persuaded and apologized to all of the
‘adult circumstances’ in order to cast him The anime was also based on the manga, and this film is not an adaptation of the anime. We have to create
brand new images. We provide new suggestions, and if the audience can accept it, it will continue to the next,
new Fullmetal Alchemist. So we tried to renewal it with courage and formed a new team.”
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