films seen
5
average score
2.20*
nationality
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Ichi

2008 / 120m - Japan
Action
3.5*/5.0*
Ichi poster

Worthy but flawed

Fullmetal Alchemist

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
2017 / 135m - Japan
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi
2.5*/5.0*
Fullmetal Alchemist poster

Slight improvement over the anime series and the animated films, but still pretty mediocre. The bad guys are infinitely more interesting than the protagonists, the plot has some interesting bits, but overall it was still too flat and cheesy for my liking.

Vexille

Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon Sakoku
2007 / 109m - Japan
Animation, Sci-fi
2.5*/5.0*
Vexille poster

Dubious filler

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushusha Scar
2022 / 125m - Japan
Adventure, Fantasy
2.0*/5.0*
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar poster

It's obvious that Sori wanted to repeat the success of the Kenshin live-action trilogy, but he doesn't even come close. This second entry in the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist trilogy is a clear step back, and it's not as if the first one was such a great film. Sori lacks the talent to make a film like this work.

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Edward and Alphonse are on their way to Central, when they are attacked by a scarred assassin. He wants revenge for what he suffered through during the war, and his main targets are the Alchemists. He is a formidable foe and he nearly kills the brothers when they first come across each other.

The performances are pretty overstated, the styling looks rather fake (not great for an anime adaption) and the special effects aren't up to par. I also didn't care much for the melodrama, luckily things get a bit crazier during the second half of the film, so there's at least some fun to be had.

Irritation overload

Ping Pong

Pinpon
2002 / 114m - Japan
Comedy, Sport
0.5*/5.0*
Ping Pong poster