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Parasyte: Part 1

Japan 2014
produced by
Genki Kawamura, Keiichiro Moriya, Takahiro Sato, Minami Ichikawa (chief executive), Yoshio Nakayama (chief executive), Shuji Abe (executive), Seiji Okuda (executive), Akihiro Yamauchi (executive) for Dentsu, GyaO, KDDI Corporation, Kodansha, Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Nippon Television Network (= NTV), Robot Communications, Shirogumi, Toho
directed by Takashi Yamazaki
starring Shota Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Ai Hashimoto, Kazuki Kitamura, Masahiro Higashide, Tadanobu Asano, Miko Yoki, Jun Kunimura, Hirofumi Arai, Pierre Taki, Sadao Abe (voice), Satoshi Araki, Kimiko Yo, Nao Omori
screenplay by Ryota Kosawa, Takashi Yamazaki, based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, music by Naoki Sato, visual effects by Kiyoko Shibuya (director), Takashi Yamazaki (supervisor)


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Of late, too many people have turned up as minced meat to still call it a coincidence - but then there's no explanation at all for this ...

Well, there is of course, as the earth has been invaded by alien parasites that invade human brains via ears or nostrils to take over their brains and turn them into shapeshifting monsters who take on the temporary shape of humans to feed on other humans. But Migi the parasite accidently entered his host Shinichi's (Shota Sometani) body via his hand, and now instead of taking over his brain, he just controls his right hand - much to Shinichi's horror at the beginning, as one obviously doesn't want one's hand to be a shapeshifting monster (that at least takes the shape of a hand most of the time), but eventually the two of them do get along, also because Migi learns to speak Japanese pretty well, and is soon smarter than Shinichi. Thing is, there are of course other parasite-possessed humans around who think little of Migi, and even less of humans, so they'd be more than happy to turn Shinichi into minced meat as well - but Migi every now and again saves Shinichi, relying on his shapeshifting talents and instincts (he can sense the possessed), and even if he claims it's only out of self-preservation, the two develop a bond.

Eventually, Shinichi and Migi meet Ryoko (Eri Fukatsu), who's one of the possessed, but who's also with child, so she's much more sympathetic to the fate of humankind, and some others of her race think like her. But with the possessed having fallen into two factions, war is inevitable, and of course Shinichi and Migi are of course fighting at the frontlines ...


Now I have to admit, Parasyte Part 1 is not a perfect film, it's a bit too convoluted, sometimes confusing as well as confused, and sometimes just a bit repetitive ... but dang is it a great ride: So do expect grotesque monsters and effects work, gore aplenty, but also plenty of whacky humour, a fittingly unfittingly cute hand-creature, plenty of over-the-top action, and scenes that make your jaw drop every other minute. So definitely worth a look!


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