Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 19th, 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
DVD released: March 15th, 2010
Approximate running time: 85 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: 4Digital Media
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £15.99
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.
Note: This review is based on an advance screener and may not be representative of the final product.
4Digital Media presents Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look vibrant (especially reds) and nicely saturated. Flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and detail look razor sharp throughout. Edge enhancement is kept in check, there are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been provided. The subtitles are easy to follow. It should be noted that I noticed at least one typo. The audio mix sounds balanced and robust throughout.
The only extras that was included with this disc I was sent. Was a trailer for the film (1 minute 7 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Other extras that should be on the final street version of this release, include a sixty five minute ‘Making of” documentary and a twenty minute Q & A titled “Japanese Release Day Stage Greetings with Stars & Directors”. Overall if the final street version of this release looks and sounds as good as this advance screener does, this should turn out to be a first rate DVD release.