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Behind The Scenes Of Fullmetal Alchemist Film

Here’s a sneak peek at the live action adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist live action film. It’s really cool seeing before and after the CG effects were added, seeing how movie magic makes the unreal come to life and create these unbelievable worlds that we’ve only seen in the anime or the manga.

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New Tokyo Ghoul Live Action Trailer

Live action films based on anime can either be awesome (Rurouni Kenshin) or downright terrible (Attack On Titan). The latest series to take the plunge into the live action arena is Tokyo Ghoul and while the poster we’ve seen looks awesome, we’re still deciding on how the actual film will play out.

Have a look at the most recent trailer below and let us know what you think?

Superbowl Ad For Ghost In The Shell

Here’s a new trailer for the live action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. The trailer is from Superbowl LI and shows some new footage at the start before showing another trailer with footage already seen but, you know, it still looks good. I know this movie has quite a few haters and doubters and for good reason but I’ll hold judgement and won’t read any reviews until I see it myself.

Live Action Teaser Trailer For Fullmetal Alchemist Film

Things are beginning to look amazing around the world for anime’s turned into live action films. First we saw a trailer for the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost In The Shell with Scarlett Johansson and now we have a teaser trailer for the live action version of hugely popular series, Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s a short trailer but we get our first look at Edward Elric even if most of it is from behind.

Another interesting facet of the film is that despite being set in an alternate version of Europe and characters having European names, the cast are all Japanese. Here’s hoping we don’t see any controversy around this!

Review: Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Movie)

Ever been in a situation where all your friends have something you don’t so you lie to to them so you don’t feel left out? That’s basically the plot of Wolf Girl & Black Prince, a 2016 film based around the 2014 anime which follows the adventures of Erika Shinohara who has her clique of friends at her high school.

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All her friends are involved with boys apart from her. One day while out with her friend she sees a handsome male in the street and manages to take a picture of him to show her friends that she also has a boyfriend. Unfortunately for her, the male in the picture, Kyouya Sata, goes to her school which forces her to confess to Kyouya about what she’s done. Surprisingly he agrees to go along with her charade but on the condition that she becomes his “dog” at his beck and call. This leads to various scenarios where Erika has to suddenly leave her friends to attend to whatever need he has which in turn develops many funny situations.

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Adding more drama to the already convoluted situation are a couple of males that throw themselves into the mix becoming something a little more than a love triangle. The story is funny and at the same time has dark overtones as Erika is at times humiliated by Kyouya all in the name of pretending to be her boyfriend or else he tells her friends the truth. In the movie, Erika is played by Fumi Nikaido quite well as she shows equal amounts of confusion, embarrassment, understanding and care. While actor Kento Yamazaki handles Kyouya very well and as you’d expect in his situation to behave. Narcissistic, clearly relishing the moment and as someone you come to dislike, hoping he’ll see what Erika is going through and change his ways. Still, both actors work well together and helps to maintain a nice balance of mature themes in the movie.

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The film is very well paced at a running time of just over two hours but you really can’t tell and that’s a testament to how well the anime storyline has been converted for the film. Just keep in mind that while it’s supposed to be a comedy/drama, the overall theme of the movie may be a bit much for viewers not familiar with the anime. By this I mean that effectively Erika is his slave who caters to Kyouya’s every whim without a second though or hesitation. However I don’t really want to break down the psychology behind the movie as I could be here all night, suffice to say that I enjoyed it despite some frustrating moments. The moments are more from thinking and expecting a character to behave in a certain way except they do the exact opposite. It kind of leaves you there scratching your head thinking, “why did they do/say that?” or “why did they act in that way?” But that’s true from most films, you can’t make everyone happy.

It was nice to see the back streets of Harajuku being used for the trendy shopping areas along with the school they used for the shooting. If my school looked like that and offered what they did, I wouldn’t want to leave, it’s enormous and very modern. Have look at it when you see it!

Overall, Wolf Girl and Black Prince was entertaining and easy to connect with the characters. It’s the kind of movie where viewers will have their favourite person in the movie and find themselves rooting for them, hoping everything works out for them.

You can catch this film and many others at the Japanese Film Festival 2016. Check the website for screening times in your city.

Final score: 6.5/10

Review: Erased (Movie)

Erased is a 2016 live action film based on the hit anime of the same name by writer Taku Kishimoto. The story revolves around Satoru Fujinuma, a manga artist who experiences moments of flashback in time allowing him to change the course of events. He coins the phrase “Rewind” for these moments. He doesn’t know what he has to change but time keeps looping until he fixes what he’s there for.

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During the early part of the story, he suffers a terrible tragedy which results in him having a revival moment, waking up and living a large part of his childhood as a ten year old trying to avert a spate of murders of young children in his area. He needs to stop these from happening as it affects the tragedy he suffers as an adult. The film closely follows the events of the anime, for the most part, and even mirrors some of the scenes, shot for shot.

The film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as Satoru Fujinuma and Kasumi Arimura as his close friend, Airi Katagiri. Tatsuya might be known to audiences as playing the role of Light Yagami in the Death Note movies. First off, full disclosure, I was a huge fan of the anime and went into this expecting to be disappointed. I’m pleased to say that I definitely wasn’t disappointed and was in fact, quite the opposite. Both leads give great performances which always helps to carry the movie along. Tatsuya is a standout as he doesn’t always know if what he’s done is enough to prevent a tragedy and you can see the anguish and anticipation in him as he, like us, hopes for the best. Kasumi lights up the scene whenever she appears, she gives such a delicate performance as Satoru’s best friend and confidante. A special notice must be given to the two young child actors who play the roles of Satoru and his childhood school friend, Kayo. Tsubasa Nakagawa as a young Satoru literally steals every scene he appears in, he’s such a charismatic and talented young actor and likewise with Rio Suzuki as a young Kayo. The chemistry these two child actors have is astounding and really makes the film something special.

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The cinematography is fantastic with locales from suburban Tokyo to the tranquil riverside shots. Anyone familiar with the anime will admire the attention to detail, in particular the house where Kayo lives has an amazing level of detail in comparison with the anime. I’m always a sucker for movies filmed in Japan as it’s genuinely hard to take a bad shot in Japan, no matter where you are or the time of year. The film doesn’t have much in the way of a musical score or if it did, I wasn’t aware of it but that’s possibly because I was so sucked into the film. However, Erased still carries itself nicely no doubt due to the excellent storytelling, performances and on screen drama. Now that I’ve mentioned the storytelling, I just have to say that there is a massive change towards the end. No spoilers so don’t panic but when I saw which way it was headed, it surprised me. I wasn’t disappointed and I could see at the same time why the story was changed to accommodate the different medium for the story.

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All in all, I loved it and not just because I would love it even if it was bad. I was a tad nervous before the viewing as I am with all anime’s that receive the live action movie adaptation. It doesn’t take much to turn a great anime into a stinker of a film but I’m happy to say that that wasn’t the case here. What the director, Yūichirō Hirakawa, has managed to do here is tell a story that weaves drama, heartbreak, suspense, love and a sense of childhood nostalgia that really pulls at your heart strings and yes, keep your tissues ready. There are a couple of scenes that’ll have you sobbing a bit. definitely one of the better live action movie adaptations which I highly recommend to anyone who was a fan of the anime.

Final score: 8.5/10

Thank you to the Japanese Film Festival for arranging a screening!

First Look At Ghost In The Shell Live Action Film

Here’s the first handful of mini trailers to be released for the upcoming live action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche and Michael Pitt.

When I say mini trailers, they’re literally mini. There are five trailers with each one running for around ten seconds. It gives you your first look at Scarlett as Motoko Kusanagi as well as a peek into the aesthetic of the film. Instead of posting each trailer separately, here’s a playlist with each trailer.