Warning: The following review contains material that could be considered Spoilers.
Synopsis via IMDB: Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted into Monami’s vampire world of blood, death and love. Jilted girlfriend Keiko has other ideas. With a sudden twist of fate, she is then transformed into the hideous and unforgiving Frankenstein Girl, and the battle for Mizushima’s heart begins.
Typically when I watch foreign films, I prefer to watch them subtitled. Call me an elitist if you wish, but there’s just something more natural about watching something like Night Watch (Nochnoy Dozor), a film set in Russia with the Russian audio and English subtitles instead of watching it dubbed, although the all the actors in the English dub of the film have Russian accents.
That being said, I was a little dismayed when I sat down to watch Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl on Netflix a little while ago, and the first lines of dialogue were in English. This is a problem I’ve encountered before on Netflix, where you’re never sure if the foreign film you’re about to watch is going to be dubbed or subbed, but I quickly forgot all about that as soon as the action started, and within the first four minutes of the movie I’d seen three characters dismembered in a rain of gore that rivaled the “Crazy 88” scene in Kill Bill Vol.1.
VGvs.FG is quite possibly one of the bloodiest, and funniest films I’ve seen in recent memory. This isn’t your typical Japanese gorefest film, this film has it’s tongue planted so firmly in its cheek that bursts out, covering everything in gallons and gallons of fake blood.
We are introduced to Monami (Yukie Kawamura) and Mizushima (Takumi Saito) as they stumble along an empty road until they are attacked by three “Frankenstein Girls”, leading to a four-minute blood bath, and this is all before the credits have even rolled!
No synopsis can truly do this film justice as it’s so packed full of gore and over the top wackiness that you can only get in Japanese films. There’s Keiko (Eri Otoguro) the bitchy “Gothic Lolita” gang leader and daughter of the vice principal who forces Mizushima to be her boyfriend, there’s the “Wrist Cutting Club” who are preparing for the “National Wrist Cutting Championship” and the horribly racist, yet hysterically funny “Super Dark Girls Club”.
I want to take a moment now to say that if you are offended by racial humor or racial stereotypes, than you won’t make it through this movie. The “Super Dark Girls Club” is an extremely exaggerated version of the “Ganguro” fashion trend of having Jersey Shore like tan’s and bleached blonde hair. According to Wiki, “Ganguro” literally translates to “Black Face” or “Charbroiled Face”, and this film takes that to the extreme with most of the girls in the club acting like caricatures of African American stereotypes, including one girl with a giant afro, a girl with a large plate in her lower lip, and one girl running around with a spear and shield.
Oh yeah, and there’s also the “Sexy Nurse” who works at the school and is the assistant to the vice principal who moonlight’s as a Kabuki mad scientist who is somehow related to Victor Frankenstein.
This film was pure, unadulterated fun. I have to give FUNimation huge props for the work they did in dubbing this film, because all the voice actors involved seem to be in on the joke and play up their parts with such twisted glee that I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time I watched this movie. The main storyline of Monami and Keiko’s rivalry is paper thin at best, but its everything else that’s going on in that film that keeps things moving and interesting. The big battle that’s promised by the title comes toward the last half hour of the film, and it doesn’t disappoint, with blood and dismembered body parts flying everywhere.
This isn’t going to be a movie for everyone, but if you enjoy Japanese splatter films, or don’t mind over the top sick and twisted humor, then you’ll love this film.
7 out of 10