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PARASYTE

Directed by YAMAZAKI Takashi

Release
Original Title:
寄生獣
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Introduction

With legions of fans worldwide, "Parasyte" (Hitoshi Iwaaki / Kodansha Inc.) finally gets the live action treatment it deserves and from the best film professionals working in Japan today. Directing, co-writing (alongside Ryota Kosawa of "Legal High" and "ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street-") and in charge of VisualFX is Takashi Yamazaki of the recent big hit "The Eternal Zero". Cinematography is in the hands of long-time Tetsuya Nakashima collaborator, Shoichi Ato, responsible for such works as "Confessions". The production was designed by Yuji Hayashida, famous for his work with Takashi Miike on such films as "Crows Zero" and "Lesson of the Evil". Character Visual Direction is by Isao Tsuge of "Ryomaden" and "Attack on Titan" fame. Music is overseen by Naoki Sato who worked on "Sea Monkey" and "The Eternal Zero".

Story

One night by the seaside, tiny creatures or "Parasytes" arrive on Earth to take over human bodies and prey on human kind.
One Parasyte latches on to a regular high schooler, Shinichi but he prevents it from completely taking over his mind and body and instead it has to start a reluctant existence in his right arm.
Shinichi cannot reveal his terrible secret to those around him, and during this time of stalemate, a feeling almost of friendship develops between him and the creature he calls "Migi" ("Righty"). Before long, they begin to encounter other Parasytes which launch savage attacks against them and put the life of his childhood friend, Satomi in danger.
Then things take a sudden turn for the worse. Shinichi's beloved mother is killed and taken over by a Parasyte. When the creature launches an attack on him, he has no choice but to kill her.
It becomes all-out war. Parasytes kill humans and humans kill Parasytes in return. But nothing is black and white in this struggle. Among the Parasytes themselves, various factions and different points of view, develop. Shinichi's new teacher, Ryoko Tamiya, although infected with a Parasyte, tolerates Shinichi. On the other hand, the character Goto, a composite "person" made up of a number of cooperating Parasytes is bent on human destruction. Collectively the Parasytes begin to ask themselves the question, "Why were we created?"
In a world that humanity has continued to despoil and destroy, is it that the Parasytes are here to cull our numbers? Of course the humans continue to kill Parasytes in order to survive.
Which is it that ought to win? The planet needs to be preserved yet it is in our nature to protect our loved ones. Amidst this conflict of values, Shinichi and Migi have no choice but to hurl themselves into the fight against the ever more complex attack of the Parasytes.

Cast

SOMETANI Shota

IZUMI Shinichi

FUKATSU Eri

TAMIYA Ryoko

ABE Sadawo

Righty

Data

Director
YAMAZAKI Takashi
Original Comic
IWAAKI Hitoshi
Producer
KAWAMURA Genki
SATO Takahiro
MORIYA Keiichiro
Screenplay
YAMAZAKI Takashi
KOSAWA Ryota
VFX
YAMAZAKI Takashi
Cinematography
ATO Shoichi
Music
SATO Naoki
Japan Release Date
2014.11.29
Running time
109 min