Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Movie Notes: Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

Yoshihiro Nishimura's newest film is considerably more toned down than his Tokoyo Gore Police, which is to say that nearly other movie you'll ever see is toned down in comparison to this one! I'm not even sure how one would go about reviewing something like this; Nishimura's movies are basically live-action cartoons with gallons of fake blood and no concern for political correctness or plot coherence. What's not to love?

Basically, Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl is a romantic comedy about a teenage boy and the two girls who want him for their own; you can guess who they are. There is also a mad scientist who wears Kabuki face paint, an oversexed school nurse, and two afterschool clubs: one for wristcutting enthusiasts and the other for "ganguro girls" who want to remake themselves as Afro-Japanese. And, yes, gallons of fake blood shower the camera, which seems to be a recurring motif for Nishimura.

Interestingly, the movie is considerably more coherent than Tokoyo Gore Police and the jokes are a lot better. But I feel for the Roger Eberts of the world who have to review something like this. What do you give a movie like this: two spurting geysers of blood up?

Here is the trailer, which tells you all you need to know.

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