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VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (2009) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Japan, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by goregirl

Having recently watched Horrors of Malformed Men (review pending) and Lady Snowblood I am reminded that the Japanese have had a long love affair with over-the-top scenarios and arterial blood spray. Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is dually directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Stacy). Having seen previous efforts from both directors it is no surprise this wacky film came from the melding of these two brains. Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is a high-energy comedic action flick full of crazy characters and kooky gore gags. It is completely and utterly ridiculous and loads of fun!

Monami is a transfer student who generally blends into the woodwork but on this particular school day the girls are given gifts of chocolate to their favourite guys. Sadly their teacher has confiscated all of the chocolate with the exception of Monami’s, which was so small it went unnoticed. It just so happens that the boy Monami has her eye on is the very same boy classmate and snotty mean girl Keiko digs. The aggressive Keiko and her posse corner Jyugon insisting he be her boyfriend. Shortly after Monami offers Jyugon a chocolate, which he accepts and eats. It turns out the chocolate is full of blood, and not just any blood but Monami’s vampiric blood. In no time flat Jyugon becomes entangled in Monami’s strange and violent world. Keiko is no match for a vampire at least in her present form. But a messy fall, a mad-scientist and a drop of vampire blood brings Keiko back as the titular Frankenstein Girl who inevitably does battle with Vampire Girl for Jyugon’s affection.

A love story in a high school setting? Normally I would avoid such things, but this ain’t exactly your average love story set in a high school. No Siree. The gore is joyfully over-the-top just like the films characters. The film doesn’t take itself seriously for one second. It opens with Monami (aka Vampire Girl) killing 3 frankenchicks stripping the skin clean off of their skulls and piling them neatly on top of each other. Blood spraying everywhere showering our little vamp with the delightful red essence she needs to survive. A smile of satisfaction for a job well done comes over her cheek-pinchable little face. But Monami isn’t all cuteness, she is a vampire after all, and she is also devious. She tricks poor Jyugon into eating her blood hidden inside a chocolate and our guy goes on a pretty crazy trip and soon finds himself craving the red gold. I loved Monami’s joyous matter of factness about the things she must do to survive and her poor beau’s utter horror at her casualness to it all. I would have liked more Frankenstein Girl though! The fight promised in the films title is great, but too brief! Frankenstein Girl (aka Keiko) doesn’t make her appearance until the end of the film. I loved her fabulous getup and that her posse carries around a drill so that she can reassemble herself. At one point she takes her arm off and drills it into her head to make a propeller so she can fly! I loved the wrist cutters club and their seriously intense team captain. Her arms are so strong they can no longer be damaged. Then we have the Japanese girls obsessed with African-American woman who they believe to be the superior race. For fun their leader re-enacts winning a marathon and is particularly proud of her strong black legs. Then we have Keiko’s dad who acts as teacher and vice-principle and on the side he is a mad-scientist who dresses in Kabuki garb. His assistant is the horny school nurse. And of course there is a janitor named Igor! The dullest of the bunch is definitely Keiko and Monami’s love interest Jyugon Mizushima.

The effects are kinda cheap looking and downright cheesy at times but I loved it! They are very creative with every aspect of the action and effects and while the story borrows from numerous sources the whole package felt fresh as a daisy. The film is quite lively, and unlike its admirable peers it has practically no downtime. The film is comedy first and the lighter atmosphere may not appeal to everyone. Comedy is a personal thing after all and what makes me laugh may not make you laugh. Personally I thought the comedy worked perfectly and gave the film a great energetic live-action comic book feel. My only complaint here would be the music, which I found downright painful at times, but I must admit there was one or two moments where the bad music did give me a laugh.

Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl is fun squared. It is lively, funny, campy, gory and totally entertaining! I highly recommend it.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Yoshihiro Nishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu

Starring: Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saitô, Eri Otoguro, Sayaka Kametani, Jiji Bû, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda

Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu – TOKYO GORE POLICE – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Japan, movies with tags , on July 20, 2009 by goregirl

tokyo gore police poster‘Tokyo Gore Police’ has been on my radar for a long time now. It became available for rental in February, and I should be slapped silly for waiting this long to see it! It delivers everything its title says it will and much more! Its greatest feature, without a doubt, is its creatively brilliant and grotesque mutations! Every freaking one is an absolute wonder to behold!

Ruka’s father, a cop against the privatization of the police force, is assissinated before her eyes. Fast forward to the future and Ruka is now a highly skilled “engineer hunter” with the newly privatized Tokyo Police Force. The engineers are a group of super criminals who grow horrific fleshy weapons in place of missing limbs. Through a path of bloody showers and gory massacres Ruka will learn much about herself and who was responsible for her fathers death.
still from tokyo gore police
The above picture is one of the many spectacular mutations in ‘Tokyo Gore Police’. I can’t say enough about the awesome effects in this film. The spurting blood is copious and in one of its many cool scenes Ruka puts up her parasol tostill from tokyo gore police 1 protect herself from the blood shower. Lovely! Although Ruka’s weapon of choice is the sword there are many creative deaths thanks to the strange mutated appendages including, biting, shooting, and chainsawing. Although not a new idea, I really enjoyed the satirical commercial segments. They definitely add their own delightful twist
to the concept. I particularly enjoyed the enthusiastic schoolgirls advertising designer box cutters exclaiming “They’re cute!” When your action is as high energy and over the top as it is in this one, making your non-action sequences interesting can be a challenge. The only real issue was the downtime. Some of these scenes are a bit dull and they mess with the pacing. The film would have benefitted from tightening the story up or simply shaving off minutes from the runtime. Awesome mutants, gore, arterial spraying blood showers, and one super intense and determined Japanese woman make for an ass kicking good time! I look forward to an insanely mutated army of engineers battling the Tokyo Police Force in the sequel! Loads and loads of fun! Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Starring: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû, Keisuke Horibe, Ikuko Sawada and Shun Sugata
still from tokyo gore police 2