Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 18th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2009
Directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Writer: Naoyuki Tomomatsu,
Cast: Yukie Kawamura, Eri Otoguro, Eihi Shiina, Takumi Saito, Jiji Bû, Erina, Cay Izumi, Sayaka Kametani, Sayako Nakoshi, Aya Nishisaki, Sayo, Takashi Shimizu, Kanji Tsuda
BluRay released: October 19th, 2010
Approximate running time: 85 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby TrueHD Stereo Japanese, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English
BluRay Release: Funimation
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, is yet another gore soaked extravaganza from Japan. The film was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and co-written / directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Stacy).The plot features many characters that are usually associated with horror films like Vampires, a hunchback janitor named Igor, a deranged scientist and his Frankenstein like creations that were brought to life via his vivisecting and the blood of a vampire. Even though the characters which populate this world our entities that are typically found in countless horror films. This film is not exactly a horror film, at least in a traditional sense. This film is a satire first and foremost, with most of the humor laid on so thick that anything not humor related tends to get overshadowed. Some of the pop culture things that are made fun of this film include a high school team of wrist cutters who compete against other schools, a group of girls who paint their faces black and emulate African American culture, Harajuku girls and various other Japanese trends are poked fun at.
That is not to say that this film does not have its fare share of bloodshed and when the blood starts to flow, it gushes in an abundance. The CGI effects and geysers of blood are adequate enough for the story at hand. Even though the plot is almost nonexistent. Everything moves along quickly and the absurdity of the events which propel the narrative forward make sure there is never a dull moment. While there are many scenes that stand out. The scene which I found the most satisfying for me. Was the scene where the deranged scientist’s daughter has just died at the hands of Vampire Girl. With the help of some of Vampire Girl’s blood and the best body parts that he can vivisect from the student body he makes Vampire Girl a formidable foe, Frankenstein Girl.
The most surprising area where this film excels the most is the performances from its entire cast who all totally immerse themselves in their respective roles. The film’s two standout performances come from its two female leads Yukie Kawamura and Eri Otoguro (Onechanbara) in the roles of Vampire Girl and Frankenstein Girl, respectively. Another performance of note is Eihi Shiina (Audition), in the role of Monami ‘The Vampire Girls” mother. Ultimately Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is a highly entertaining film that does a superb job blending satire and gore into one hell of a delirious trip that you are not soon going to forget.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is a strong transfer that boosts vivid colors, healthy looking flesh tones, solid black levels and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby TrueHD Stereo mix in Japanese and a Dolby TrueHD mix in 5.1 English. Both audio mixes sounds clean, clear and consistent throughout. Of the two audio mixes the Dolby TrueHD Stereo mix in Japanese sounders fuller and does a better job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free. It should also be noted that while listening to the English audio mix there are some instances where Japanese text appears and these instances are subtitled automatically.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 12 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), a segment titled “Opening Day Stage Greetings” (20 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and two behind the scenes segments titled “Making of Video Part 1″ (14 minutes 17 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and “Making of Video Part 2″ (50 minutes 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Besides containing a wealth of behind of scenes footage. These segments also includes comments from the cast and crew. Also included with this release are trailers for films also available on DVD and BluRay from Funimation. Overall Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl gets a first rate release from Funimation.
Note: This title is also being released by Funimation on DVD.