Yoshihiro Nishimura followed Tokyo Gore Police a year later with Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, a movie based on a manga by Shungiku Uchida and far more accessible than Tokyo Gore Police thanks to its shorter running time and its utter adherence to care-free comedy.
The film takes place around Valentine’s Day in what seems like a typical Tokyo High School. On Valentine’s Day girls give boys chocolate in order to declare their love. Gothic-lolita Keiko (Eri Otoguro) has her sights set on handsome Jyugon Mizushima (Takumi Saito) but he is about to get snatched away by the quiet and devious care-free vampire Monami (Yukie Kawamura) who tricks Mizushima into eating her which is filled with her vampiric blood and turns him into a half-vampire. This sparks a war between the two which reveals that the school and its pupils are far from typical.
Anybody suspicious that this whole rival monsters and human love-triangle might be the Japanese Twilight fear not. It loves gore and silliness too much.
It cares not for vampire lore, using and abusing all the myths and throwing away all of the rules. Our cute central vampire Monami can exist in daylight, her cape grants her a mix of vampire/super-powers and she can turn a person into a half vampire by spiking a chocolate with her blood. It is this sense of irreverence and freedom that makes the film so much fun. I mean where else will you see St. Francis Xavier, vampire hunter?
On top of a fast and loose attitude to vampires there is a mocking of social trends from gothic lolitas and Ganguro girls taking their hobbies to grotesque lengths to the suicide wrist cut rally club. I didn’t know whether to be offended or amused by what I saw with the ganguro sections in particular but considering the overall tone of the film was silly I forgave it. Hell, it even serves the plot.
Like Tokyo Gore Police the special effects are a mix of the ingenious, goofy and fun. Really gruesome examples pop up frequently with faces getting pulled off, bodies getting disassembled and reassembled to create hideous sculptures of flesh and engines of death. Oh and there’s blood spraying everywhere all the while but that’s par for the course when it comes to Nishimura.
What really made this film for me was Yukie Kawamura who is infectiously cute as Monami the vampire without a serious care in the word and an innocently gleeful approach to violence and love. I found her absolutely irresistible. She gets the stand out scene when dancing in a shower of blood. Eri Otoguro as domineering Frankenstein girl Keiko is equally cute and, dare I say, sympathetic. She seems truly shocked when she discovers what Monami is and attempts to rescue Jyugoku. Speaking of him he’s rather bland. Getting little todo other than being the object of Monami’s affection Takumi Saito (who took the lead in the Phoenix Wright movie) plays him straight. Keep an eye out Eihi Shiina, and Takashi Shimizu.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
Romaji: Kyuketsu Shojo tai Shojo Furanken
Release Date: August 15th, 2009 (Japan)
Running Time: 85 mins.
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Writer: Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Screenplay), Shungiku Uchida (Original Manga),
Starring: Yukie Kawamura, Eri Otoguro, Takumi Saito, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda, Takashi Shimizu, Jiji Bû Erina, Sayaka Kametani, Sayako Nakoshi, Aya Nishisaki, Sayo,
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I do love me some Nishimura. I thought this flick was a lot of fun!