Trailer released for “Laughing Under the Clouds” movie

Check out the trailer released for upcoming live-action film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara’s fantasy action manga Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds) starring Sota Fukushi.

Sota is cast Tenka Kumo, the eldest of the three Kumo brothers. Yuma Nakayama plays as the second eldest Soramaru and Kirato Wakayama as the youngest Chutaro.

The film is directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) with script written by Yuuya Takahashi (Laughing Under the Clouds, Lupin the Third, Luck & Logic). The film will open in Japan on March 21, 2018.

Check out the trailer and released visuals of the cast below!

Other Cast:
Yuki Furukawa as Abe no Sosei
Renn Kiriyama as Shirasu Kinjo
Shunsuke Daito as Seiichirō Takamine
Yuta Koseki as Ren Nagayama
Tomohiro Ichikawa as Rakucho Takeda
Masaki Kaji as Zenzo Inukai
Ryuuya Wakaba as Kiryu (The Fuuma Clan)
Junya Ikeda as Hayakage (The Fuuma Clan)
Eita Okuno as Raiga (The Fuuma Clan)
Noriyuki Higashiyama asTomomi Iwakura

(via Natalie)

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“Fullmetal Alchemist” releases 3 character trailers, to open in record 190 countries

If you are planning to watch the upcoming live action film “Fullmetal Alchemist”, you’re in luck! After making its premiere at The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival last October 25, it was announced that the highly anticipated film will open in over 190 countries including the United States and Europe. It will be the widest international opening for any Japanese film.

As previously announced, the film will premiere in the US at Anime NYC on November 19, as the event’s closing film. In Japan, “Fullmetal Alchemist” will open in over 400 screens on December 1, the largest screen count in the history of Japanese films.

Gearing up for its nationwide release, the film drops three 45-sec character-featured trailers, with MISIA’s theme song “Kimi no Soba ni Iru yo” (I’m By Your Side): Ed, Al and Winry – “those who believe in the bond of brothers”; the Homunculi — “those who would destroy the bond of brothers”; the State Military — “those who protect the bond of brothers.”

(via Oricon)

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Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director: “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.”

On September 16th at Nikufes (Meat Festival) Tokyo 2017, a roundtable with Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima and anime producers Hiroshi Kanemaru and Tomoki Misawa was held to discuss the latest trend of anime and manga live action adaptations.

Mizushima worked as the director and storyboarder in the 2003 anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.  When asked about the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie, Mizushima criticized the casting by stating “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors”.  Mizushima went on to explain his thoughts on the film by expressing: “If you asked me whether I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say that no, they can’t” and “It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga”.

Mizushima continued to jab at other live action adaptations such as Gintama, unabashedly asserting “Gintama just looked stupid”, despite the film’s recent success.  Kanemaru and Misawa also included Terraformars as another bad adaptation film to add to the list.  Ultimately, the trio agreed that 2D animation allows for more freedom and expression than live action.

However, despite all the complaints, Mizushima is still rooting for the film and sees potential, particularly mentioning interest in the use of 3DCG in the film.  The three concluded that although they prefer animation, they approve of and appreciate how live action adaptations bring attention to manga and anime from the general population.

The Fullmetal Alchemist live action adaptation is set to premiere as the opening film of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25.  The film is directed by Fumihiko Sori and stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric.

Yamada and Sori has addressed the concerns of an all-Japanese cast in the past.  In the March issue of CUT, when asked about the hurdles faced during filming, Yamada answered:

 First of all, Edward Elric isn’t Japanese, right? Playing [the role] while figuring out how to digest that within myself was something I really struggled with. I thought of how I could show that without making it feel out of place. I think that was a difficult problem that the rest of the cast probably struggled with too. Each one of us prepared for these roles with all our might, facing them earnestly, and I think we completely cleared [the hurdles]. I think that fans of the manga are still in a state of ‘how, how?’ so in regards to that, I think that’s what I want them to feel reassured about.

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Personally, as someone that is adamantly against the whitewashing seen in the U.S, I can understand the criticism  towards the decision of an all-Japanese cast based on visual concerns.  However, I think we must also acknowledge the vastly different circumstances between a Hollywood production and a Japanese production.  In the U.S, there are Asian actors readily available to star in movies that feature Asian characters.  In the case of Japan, I am not sure whether the same can be said about Caucasian actors that are fluent in Japanese.  One fact that is important to remember is that Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese film made for a Japanese audience. 

(via animenewsnetwork)

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A subbed trailer released for ‘A Silent Voice’

‘Your Name’ wasn’t the only wildly successful anime film to come out in 2016.  ‘A Silent Voice’, based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima, earned 2.3 billion yen in domestic theaters and ended up being 19th highest-grossing film last year, according to ANN.

The beautiful film depicts the bullying disabled children sometimes face at school. Shoya used to bully relentlessly the deaf female lead Shoko at elementary school. When they meet again at high school, Shoya attempts to make amends for her.

Eleven Arts is bringing this Kyoto Animation film to US theaters on October 20th. The distributor released an official English-subtitled trailer at the end of August. The trailer has created quite a buzz online, as several fans have pointed out the fansub-like translators’ notes in the trailer and even some vague word-choices – if the lead characters never were friends to begin with, can they “refriend”?

Watch the trailer behind the link.

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