Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
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Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Produced by Masatsugu Asahi
Screenplay by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Based on anime 
by Shungiku Uchida
Starring Yukie Kawamura
Eri Otoguro
Takumi Saito
Music by Kou Nakagawa
Cinematography Shu G. Momose
Distributed by Excellent Film
Eleven Arts
Release date(s)
  • 26 June 2009 (2009-06-26) (United States)
  • 15 August 2009 (2009-08-15) (Japan)
Running time 85 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (吸血少女対少女フランケン, Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken) is a 2009 Japanese gore film.[1] It was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu and premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival in June 2009.[2] It is based on a manga of the same name by Shungiku Uchida.[3]

Plot[edit]

In a typical Tokyo high school a perpetually teenage vampire named Monami (Yukie Kawamura) falls for her classmate, Mizushima (Takumi Saito), who happens to already be the reluctant boyfriend to the vice principal/science professor's daughter, Keiko (Eri Otoguro), a leader of a Sweet Lolita gang. The ensuing love triangle leads Keiko to seek the assistance of her father who, unbeknown to his daughter, moonlights as a Kabuki-clad mad scientist with the school nurse as his assistant. The pair experiment on students in the school basement hoping to discover the secret of reanimating corpses (akin to the work of Victor Frankenstein). Their hopes are answered when they discover a solution of Monami's blood holds the properties to bring life to dead body parts and inanimate objects.

The story begins to unfold after Mizushima carelessly accepts a honmei choco spiked with Monami's blood, causing him to become a half vampire. When Keiko discovers their secret, she attacks Monami but accidentally throws herself off the school roof in the process. Her premature death leads to her father using the blood solution to transform her into a vicious Frankenstein's monster determined to get revenge against Monami. From then on Monami and Keiko battle each other in the pursuit of winning Mizushima's heart, regardless of his feelings towards either of them. Monami ultimately kills Keiko by using her powers to turn droplets of her blood into spikes that rip the flesh off the latter's body and leaves her skeleton impaled at the top of Tokyo Tower. At the end Keiko's father turns himself in a Franken Advanced Composite Life Form with use of Monami's blood, and it is revealed that Igor was turned into a vampire by Monami a hundred years ago, and that Mizushima is only one in a long succession of boyfriends.

Cast[edit]

  • Yukie Kawamura as Monami / Vampire Girl
  • Eri Otoguro as Keiko / Frankenstein Girl
  • Takumi Saito as Mizushima (as Takumi Saitô)
  • Eihi Shiina as Monami's Mother
  • Takashi Shimizu as Chinese Professor
  • Jiji Bû
  • Erina
  • Sayaka Kametani as Nurse Midori
  • Sayako Nakoshi
  • Aya Nishisaki
  • Sayo
  • Kanji Tsuda
  • Ewan Anning

Subculture references[edit]

The film parodies subcultures prevalent in Japan, including ganguro and Lolita. Wrist cutting is a theme that returns from Nishimura's 2008 film, Tokyo Gore Police.[4]

Release[edit]

In the United States, the film was released on 26 June 2009 from American Film Market.[5]

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