Kyuketsu Shojo tai Shojo Furanken
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl
Masatsugu Asahi, Jun Nakajima, Shuji Omata (executive) for Pony Canyon, Concept Films, Excellent Films
directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
starring Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saito, Eri Otoguro, Sayaka Kametani, Jiji Bu, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda, Maki Mizui, Namie Terada, Takashi Shimizu, Yukihide Benny, Cay Izumi, Honoka Nagai, Erina, Aya Nishisaki, Sayo
screenplay by Naoyuki Tomatsu, based on the manga by Shungiku Uchida, Frankenstein created by Mary W. Shelley, music by Kou Nakagawa, special makeup effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura, visual effects by Tsuyoshi Kazuno
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Highschool bully Keiko (Eri Otoguro) claims classmate Jyugon (Takumi
Saito) as her boyfriend, simply because she thinks she's the prettiest
girl in school and he should be happy to be with her. Thing is, Jyugon
also attracts the attention of Monami (Yukie Kawamura), who is a girl more
to his liking, but she also has a problem: She is a vampire, and in order
to be with her, she has to turn him as well. Keiko is furious that Jyugon
spends so much time with Monami, so she finds out her secret and tries to
expose her - but Monami simply kills everybody off who knows her secret.
Ultimately, the two girls go one-on-one over Jyugon, which ends with Keiko
falling from a roof to her death.
Now this would have been a fitting
finale for the story, but this is where the fun really starts in this
movie: You see, Keiko's father Furano (Kanji Tsuda) is a direct descendant
of Dr Frankenstein, and he continues the family tradition of bringing the
dead back to life ... only he's not very good at it, and while his serial
killer assistant, the schoolnurse Midori (Sayaka Kametani), provides him
with corpse after corpse, he might succeed in chopping them up and putting
them back together in very creative ways, but he has no idea how to
provide his creations with the spark of life. Then though he gets his
hands on some of Monami's vampire blood, blood that can even give life to
the screws he uses to screw up his creatures.
Of course, using Monami's
blood, it doesn't take much of an effort to bring Keiko back to life, and
with superior bodyparts, too ... and now that she's back, Keiko wants
revenge - and the rest of the film is filled with Keiko and Monami
engaging in combat, and the fight gets more and more bizarre along the
way, until their fight is decided in Monami's favour on top of Tokyo
Monami walks away with Jyugon, but she has forgotten there's
still Keiko's father Furano to deal with. Sure, he has died earlier in the
proceedings, but he has been brought back to life as an extremely bizarre
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl is fun in
a party movie way: It's got plenty of gore, bizarre creatures made from
bodyparts, outrageous fights, macabre details, and it's all done
tongue-in-cheek - and yet the film is by far not as good as it could have
been. Problem here is that the filmmakers put too much trust into the
bizarre ideas derived from the film's manga source and don't really try to
improve on them by giving the film its proper atmosphere, or by putting
too much creativity into their filmmaking. Instead it's just a
by-the-numbers bizarre body horror comedy, when it could have been
something really wild and eye-opening.
At least the movie's entertaining