“Dicing one’s daughter is true happiness”
Anyone who has seen any of director Yoshihiro Nishiura’s recent work such as Tokyo Gore Police or Mutant Girl Squad will know exactly what to expect of Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl. For those of you that haven’t, expect blood, blood, more blood, some arterial sprays, yet more blood & a blood soaked finale. What Nishiura’s movies lack in subtlety they make up for in utter blood soaked carnage & a truly bizarre sense of humour. Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is without doubt Nishiura’s most controversial work to date. It’s social satire can easily be taken as highly offensive.
The movie’s plot is simple enough, a teenage vampire, Monami falls for her classmate Mizushima, who is the reluctant boyfriend of the science teacher’s daughter Keiko. Along with the school nurse Midori, Keiko’s father moonlights in the school’s basement as a Kabuki clad scientist attempting to reanimate the dead. His experiments prove fruitless until he gains a sample of Monami’s blood & uses it to reanimate body parts. Monami gives Mizushima a chocolate laced with her own blood. This turns Mizushima into a half-vampire. Keiko isn’t willing to give up her man without a fight & confronts Monami on the school’s rooftop, where she falls to her death. Rather than being heartbroken, Keiko’s father is blissfully happy as he is able to experiment, dissect & bring back his daughter using Monami’s blood. The recently revived & mutated Keiko then battles Monami for Mizushima, whether he likes it or not.
Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is certainly a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of a movie. Filled with insanely over the top set pieces, bizarre humour & swimming in the red stuff, it’s certainly not for the fainthearted. The film is not without controversy, as part of its satire on Japanese youth culture, it parodies the Ganjuro culture & takes it to the nth degree. To anyone unaware of Ganjuro, this looks like blatant racism, even understanding the Ganjuro reference, Nishiura crosses the line with this reference & spoils a very entertaining movie. A lot of people will also be offended by the inter school wrist cutting championships. Wrist cutting seems to be a reoccurring theme for Nishiura as it was prominent in Tokyo Gore Police as well. The acting is nothing special but perfectly adequate for this kind of movie. It’s the over the top bloodshed that is the film’s star & Nishiura doesn’t disappoint. The scene where Monami kills one of her teachers that follows her one night is just an insane masterpiece. The soundtrack as Monami basks in a shower of blood is hysterically funny. The final battle between the film’s two protagonists is a wonderful over the top spectacle.
Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein is certainly worth a watch, not quite as good as Nishiura’s Tokyo Gore Police but a lot better than Mutant Girl Squad. If you can take your humour twisted & your screen soaked in blood then you might just like this movie.