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[Translation] QLAP November 2017: Ryosuke Yamada x Fumihiko Sori Interview (Fullmetal Alchemist)
We welcome our newest member in the blog @iohourtime (CeliaSee on twitter) for her first translation in this blog! Special thanks to weibo草莓要配白巧克力 for the clear scans of the magazine and instagram user aya.ry5912 for the Yamada x Sori images. Enjoy this translation!
A Superb Work of
Entertainment That Can be Sent Out to the World
— Since last summer’s filming and more than 1 year of post production, the movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” is finally completed. First of all, please tell us your impression of the completed work.
Yamada: Although I am saying this about a movie I am in, I saw a truly wonderful work. I had a similar feeling when I saw “Harry Potter” for the first time. I think that a superb work of entertainment had been made; one that should not just stay in Japan but should be sent out to the world.
Sori: My heart was full of [emotions] when it was finished. There was CG after shooting, and the production was very hard…. It was finally completed! Also, I think I have no words to describe [my feelings].
— Which scene left the most impression on you?
Yamada: I was struck by the scene where my character, Ed, was fighting with his brother Al.
— It was the scene where the guilt-ridden Ed clashed with Al, who became a suit of armor due to a tragic incident in the past.
Yamada: Yes. Actually, while we were shooting, I did not expect that to be such a good scene. Al was full CG, so I could not visualize on set how it would eventually look; [during filming,] it was the scene with Tucker (Yo Oizumi), the researcher on chimera, that was the most gut wrenching and heart-rending for me. But once you add Al and the music… when everything converged in that scene, my heart was shaken. The theme of the movie, “brotherly love”, was overflowing; it was an exceptionally good scene that touched my heart.
Sori: That scene should be written in the history of world film! I had a picture in mind during filming, so when I saw the finished product, I was also very impressed. Isn’t it strange for the film director to be touched by what he filmed himself? Although you can think of it as this, because Al was created by CG, he was not on set. So, as a director, I could watch the scene with fresh feelings. Well, I also did the CG myself though (laughs). Regardless, it was a nice scene that stuck to my heart.
Yamada: It took two days to shoot, and honestly, it was a seriously difficult scene [to film] (laughs), but the director had been battling with the CG production and editing it for about a year since then. While I still think I could have done more to make the film [even] better, the love the director poured into this film was immeasurable. Sori-san was good as a director, on the contrary, I cannot imagine anyone but Sori-san to make this live action adaptation possible.
Sori: Likewise, I don’t think anyone but Yamada-kun could play Ed. It was because of the actor Yamada Ryosuke that the project was able to start, and the live action adaptation became reality. Without Yamada-kun, this movie would not be made.
Yamada: Thank you very much! I am very happy to hear you say so. Since I am a fan of the manga, so of course I respect the original, but I did not just want to replicate the original faithfully. [Aside from that,] I also wanted to perform with care to convey the meaning of the work. I do not want to play [the role] by [consciously] erasing myself when building the character, rather, I would ruminate on the reasons why for which I was chosen for the role, I wanted [to show] that because I am Ryosuke Yamada I could play Ed. So, I made it a goal to observe what was happening spontaneously on set and learn how to purposefully react to them.
Sori: Yamada is really a movie star. Even when we were together, I did not feel anything commonplace from him, his presence as an actor was not of an ordinary person. That was why he was playing Ed and he brought out the imagination in me and our staff. He himself did not think so, but because the extraordinary actor Ryosuke Yamada was there, we could make such a movie. I am very grateful for Yamada-kun.
Yamada: No, I’m so happy (looking at him). I also reconfirm that it was a lot of fun making this movie with Director Sori, I learned a lot of things….. The director’s shooting style is slightly sadistic (do-S), isn’t it?
Sori: Maybe so (laughs).
Yamada: Even if he had to cut the part where the actor was crying, the director absolutely did not waver. I think that is a very important thing in the project. When the director is steadfast, the actors and staff can keep up with ease. Director Sori did not waver in his vision of Ed, he held onto the core concept, and I think that the film was made because he held the role of a director.
The main character that makes you think “I want to follow [him]!”
— As I am talking to you, I feel that you two respect each other very much. How was this trust established?
Yamada: It was during the Italy location shoot, while we were in the car, the two of us bonded over conversations about the magnitude of our love for “Hagaren”. Anyway, our love was enormous!
— What did you talk about?
Yamada: I do not remember exactly, but the director told me, “Hagaren is a work I have always been interested in”, and then told me, “Only Yama-chan can play Ed”. In response to that, I answered, “I won’t let anyone else except me to play Ed”. Since I also love the original, at first, I had resisted playing the hero of my favorite manga, but I did not want anyone else to play it even more! It was a strong feeling. That was what the two of us talked about. It was short, but it was passionate!
Sori: It was passionate … (laughs). In that conversation, I felt Yamada-kun’s passion and masculinity. I knew of his acting but I did not know the real Yamada-kun. Is he cool [and distant]? When I talked to him, the word “man” came to mind.
Yamada: I do not know if it is because of this face, but I tend to look cool [and distant]. But that was not the case… was it? (Laughs)
Sori: No, it wasn’t (laughs). I’d say he was full of humanity, so I felt that he would be able to express Ed, and I looked forward to him using his wonderful acting skills to compound the enjoyment of the movie. I sensed his youthful passion and my instincts told me that he would be okay with anything.
— So, is that why he [Director Sori] is do-S on set? (Laughs)
Yamada: Is that so?! (Laughs)
Sori: Maybe so (laughs). Since he would meet expectations perfectly. However, Yamada-kun was not someone who would do whatever I said without making a face. He would just do it while giving me a look of disdain (laughs). He would say “Eh?!”, then the next moment, he just went for it. He was full of manliness, it was really cool. So, it led me to think “should I have asked for more?”
Yamada: Ahahahaha! I really tried not to show [my distaste] on my face. It came out anyway (forced laugh). But, [I could do it] because there was a relationship of trust with Director Sori.
Sori: Yeah. I like that feeling very much. There are not many actors who would give the director the stink eye.
Yamada: (Laughs) As I mentioned earlier, because Al was full CG, I was filming the scene where only the director had the complete picture in his head, so during the shoot, I felt that I had to work at a level beyond the director’s imagination! I was driven by not wanting to lose to the do-S demands… (laughs). Maybe because [our styles] matched well, we were able to complete the film.
Sori: I was most surprised by the opening fight scene. There was a cut that required him to dash 25m and then leap from a spot several meters high. It was so tall that my feet trembled as I stood there, but Yamada-kun did not even rehearse and just leaped. And he did it in one take. What kind of person is he?! The staff was also stunned. Yamada-kun said that he followed me, but I think it was the opposite. Yamada-kun’s performance drove what happened on set. He was a lead who made me think “I want to follow this person!”
Yamada: I’m really glad to hear that. Actually, there was a time when I asked myself, “What is the meaning of being the lead?” At that time, I was watching the movie “The Great Gatsby” and I suddenly realized, “ah, the lead actor should be like this”. Although Leonardo DiCaprio was the lead, he did not appear until 20 minutes into the first half [of the film]. When he did appear, the first words he said were, “I’m Gatsby”. Even though that was all he said, I thought “ah, he is the star”.
— It was an overwhelming presence.
Yamada: That’s right. Perhaps until now, I had not been able to do it, but I wonder if I could do it this time. Even though there are some areas where I lack confidence as the lead, I have confidence in this film. I would like everyone to see it soon!!
Message from Sori (to Ryosuke Yamada)
Your intuition is very sharp, there is nothing more I could say to Yamada-kun, whose performance is more than I could ask for. I am not the type who make few requests of the actors, but I didn’t even have to ask and you completed [the task] perfectly in 1 try. I would like to talk with Yamada-kun about doing the sequel if the film is well-received by the audience. There are lots of scenes that I want to include! I am expecting that desire!
Bonus Corner: Do-It-Yamada-Self
Shoes: I like crafts such as making snow globes (domes), but recently, I did not make anything. Right now, I am interested in shoes. Picking the material, the colours, etc and then get it custom made, then I will have [a pair of shoes] that is my own design. Perhaps boots that can be used in the fall / winter season.
Stewed hamburger: I still cook as usual. What I would like to attempt is stewed hamburger. I have made ordinary hamburgers before, but I have never tried to make a stew. Stewing is easier than grilling, so I look forward to making it in winter.
happy, happy, happiest of birthdays to my beautiful wife @themusicalbookworm. I wrote you a fic about Riza literally just having a nice time and enjoying herself at the Rockbell-Elric wedding. I hope you like it. <3 <3 <3
“Amazing, isn’t it?” Roy Mustang muttered, rather louder than was necessary. “Fullmetal made it through without imploding.”
In front of their gathered friends, neighbors, what seemed to be half the Amestrian military and more than a few rowdy chimeras, Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
“Sir,” Riza said, sighing gently. “Please don’t ruin this for him.”
Two Hundred and Fifty-five - Infectious Crying, 3.0
A/N: Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s been lovely weather this weekend; I enjoyed a beautiful walk through the autumn scenery this morning, just me and my music. It was awesome.
So for this week’s chapter, I know it’s a shortened version of what a military trial should be. Hence why it’s just a hearing, with the two of them having been put in custody to prevent them going on the run. But without writing a full-on novel about it, this is about the closest I can get. At least for now. :P
I do not own FMA.
Two Hundred and Fifty-five - Infectious Crying, 3.0