Fullmetal Alchemist, by Fumihiko Sori, opened in world premiere the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film was shot in Volterra and in Val d’Orcia.
In a mildly steampunk world that resembles a militarized early 20th century Tuscany, two young brothers dabble disastrously in alchemy in the action-fantasy Fullmetal Alchemist. Directed by Fumihiko Sori, the film is the first live-action version of Hiromu Akakawa’s popular manga series, which was published in Japan from 2001 to 2010 and was made into a 51-episode anime TV series for MBS in 2003/04.
The film looks poised to sweep Asian markets beginning in December when Warner Bros. Japan releases domestically.