Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken) (2009)

More live action Manga madness.
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Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl - More Live Action Manga Madness

If you are looking for a goregasm in a poly-box and are able to cope with the politically incorrect, bizarre and slapstick-verging Manga humour from a movie directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (use Tokyo Gore Police as a reference) then Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken) is just the Japanese love story to get you frothing at the loins. Yoshihiro Nishimura's directorial craziness is compounded by Naoyuki Tomomatsu and the end result is a disharmony of manic gore, upskirts, bizarre humour and anything else that can be thrown in to the mix making a movie that doesn't let you look away for a second without returning your eyes to the screen without a "what the fuck is going on" racing through the brain. The pace of this movie is very fast and often is a struggle to make sense of but although there is an undertone of a love story the main emphasis is on the outlandish characters and gallons of CGI gore.

The characters are farcically over the top and the student population is very reminiscent of the "Class of Nuke 'Em High" with absurdity and humour-tone almost equalling the work of the Kaufman/Herz/Haines genetic splicing responsible for the aforementioned nuclear scholars. Combine these crazy characters into a Franken-chick and set her against a vampire, throw in mad scientists, musical numbers, a love interest for the two deviants and a few sexy schoolgirls, give a quick stir and cook on a high heat for approximately 85 minutes and you have another "bat-shit crazy" Japanese rollercoaster ride assaulting the senses of the uninitiated.

Valentines Day can be tough if you are a Tokyo schoolgirl with a crush on the most sought-after hunk in class, it can be tougher if you are a vampire with that crush and are competing with the leader of the "popular-girl gang" whose cowardly father is also the vice-principle of the school. Monami (Yukie Kawamura) is the vampire girl caught in the love triangle and uses the tried and tested seduction method of infecting the potential lover, Mizushima (Takumi Saito), with vampire blood disguised as chocolate. Now that Mizushima is vampirically inclined and lusting for blood he decides that he might as well go the whole hog and get face sucky with vamp girl. Keiko (Eri Otoguro), the current claimant of Mizushima, disturbs the sordid building top happenings and in her spurned love-rage manages to throw herself off the roof resulting in an expulsion of Lolita girl head cheese.

Well it just so happens that Keiko's father moonlights as a mad scientist member of the Dr. Frankenstein appreciation society and with the help of the school nurse, some of Monami's blood and abduction and slaughter of the schools finest specimens, he rebuilds and reanimates his daughter as a Frankenstein Girl mêlée machine with detachable body-part weapons. Now with various optimized limbs, including the wrists of the wrist-cut club champion, Keiko goes on a mission of revenge to reclaim her trophy boyfriend and throw a few fucks into the Vampire girl along the way.

Despite being a seemingly random montage of absurdity and OTT splatter, the humour makes quite a sardonic observation of cultural trends within Japanese youth, notably the Ganguro and Lolita fashions, and manages to take the act of parodying these fads to non-politically correct extremes. Also Yoshihiro Nishimura revisits his wrist cutting obsession once again with no worries about offending self-harmers. Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl does not take itself seriously in the slightest which is absolutely the best way to approach the making of a movie such as this as it allows ridiculousness without seeming lame, from start to finish the octane stays high and the brain functions of the viewer are constantly battered with escalating levels of crazy and highly inappropriate choices of music (which compounds the crazy).

There is an overuse of tacky CGI blood but unfortunately this has become a standard in this genre of film and blood hitting the camera has lost its novelty value by the end too. The peak of insanity is saved for the ending resulting in one of the most outrageous boss battles in the history of the world with a multitude of creative uses for body parts. If you are a fan of the likes of Meatball Machine, Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl then you are in for a treat, if new to this genre then you are in for a surprise.
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