Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

| The Royal

Japan 2011 Rated 14A 100:00 Japanese with English subtitles Toronto Premiere

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is the second feature film based on the Number One Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa.

The legend is set in a fictional universe, styled after the European Industrial Revolution, where alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man. The story follows the infamous Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who are searching for the legendary catalyst called the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful object that would allow them to restore their bodies, which were lost after a disastrous attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.

The Elric brothers’ attempt to track down a fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads them to the slums of Milos Valley. Edward and Alphonse quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion as the exiled Milos struggle against bureaucratic exploitation and lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory—even if that means harnessing the awful power of the Philosopher’s Stone.

The popularity of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga has resulted in numerous animated television series, spin-off novels, original video animations, video game series, and action figures. Its official theme song (Good Luck My Way) is performed by one of Japan’s most influential pop bands, L’Arc-en-Ciel. By 2010, the manga had sold over 50 million volumes in Japan and was voted the most popular anime of all time in Japan.

– Heather Keung