Japan’s genre filmmaking scene has undergone a strange transformation over the years. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is a movie made by people that just love making movies. They make them their way and play by their own rules, and it comes across in every frame. If you’re looking for splatter, this film delivers and with more style than many other movies with the same goal.
In Japan, girls give chocolate to boys they like on Valentine’s Day, but one teacher at Tokyo Public High School spoils all the fun by taking away all non-academic materials. The plot is goofy, yet endearing, as sweet young vampire Monami falls for Mizushima. Unfortunately, Mizushima is already dating Keiko, the borderline psychopathic daughter of the school’s wimpy vice principal. Despite his reluctance, she insists they be a couple, but this gets complicated once transfer student Monami comes into play. She gives Mizushima a chocolate in secret, filled with her blood. That would normally be off-putting, but Monami is a vampire. She wants to fully turn Mizushima and live with him as a vampire couple forever! Keiko doesn’t like this one bit, and once she discovers her father’s Frankenstein lab in the school’s basement, it isn’t long before his patchwork madness sets off the showdown of the century.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl takes pleasure in this absurdity throughout, with tons of tasteless humor and a score comprised almost entirely of 60s go-go music. It features a supporting cast including a championship wrist-cutting team, a ganguro gang of latex sporting afro-wannabes, lecherous teachers, oversexed nurses and a hunchback janitor. It’s all quite disturbing. Director Nishimura is essentially the Tyler Durden of filmmakers. He’s the guy up in the projection booth inserting frames of penises in the film just for his own amusement, only, instead of using subliminal frames, he focuses on the penis for several minutes at a time and then people tell him he’s brilliant. He loves to offend.
The film stars Eihi Shiina who shot to international attention after appearing in Takashi Miike’s Audition and also starred in Tokyo Gore Police. The acting is well enough but the absurdity on screen will definetely take your focus away from it. Now if you have thick skin, a strong stomach, and an ‘I don’t care’ attitude, then this film will be a blast for you.