Movie of the Day

Vampire Girl vs.Frankenstein Girl

I’m continuing to watch films by Yoshihiro Nishimura ahead of my magazine interview with him later this week. While Tokyo Gore Police was a low-budget but very ambitious film about a dystopian Tokyo of the near future with some pretty serious ideas between all the gore and splatter, Vampire Girl vs.Frankenstein Girl, as the name implies, is a delightfully silly film and is a lot of fun.

At the heart of Vampire Girl is a fairly high school love story which starts with high school pretty boy Jyugon (Takumi Saito, who looks like he is about 30) saying the corny line “life is like hitchhiking without a destination.” The new transfer student Monami (Yukie Kawamura) develops a crush on Jyugon and gives him chocolate for Valentine’s Day. But he already has a girlfriend, Keiko (Eri Otoguro), the leader of the school’s goth girls. Monami pouts a lot and ignores the fact that Jyugon obviously doesn’t share her dream of the two of them “living together forever.”

This is the kind of banal love triangle story that I imagine turns up in manga for young girls, but here the story is complicated by the fact Monami is a centuries-old vampire and the chocolate she gives Jyogon contains her blood, which turns him into a half-vampire, and after he kisses her bloody lips, a full one. Keiko doesn’t appreciate having boyfriend stolen picks a fight with Monami but winds up falling off the roof of the school. But her father is the school science teacher/mad scientist and brings her back to life using Frankenstein techniques and the legs of the school track champ and the arms of the emo wrist-cutting queen. That a showdown between the two would come is a clear as the movie’s title.

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