Mysterious worm-like aliens fall from the sky. They penetrate through the ears or nose into human beings and live off their brain while dominating the body. Now with human appearance, the parasites live among humans.
Shinichi Izumi is an ordinary high school student. His best friend is Satomi Murano. One day, Shinichi Izumi is attacked by a parasite, but he is able to fight off the parasite before it takes over his brain. The parasite though lives within his right hand. Shinichi Izumi and the parasite now live together. Shinichi believes the parasites are responsible for countless murders all around the world and he feels responsible, because he knows the truth.
Meanwhile, Ryoko Tamiya is a teacher that starts her new post at the same high school where Shinichi attends. She has been taken over by a parasite and comes to observe Shinichi. ~~ Based on the manga series "Kiseiju" by Hitoshi Iwaaki.
Cast & Credits
I didn't read the manga or saw the anime. So my opinion is only based on watching this movie.
It has a quite good story with loads of room for the development for the characters. The story isn't unique but I actually really loved the 'parasyte' in the main person. Also they acted very good especially the main lead because it musn't have been easy to make a movie like this.
The movie is gory it has blood and dismemberd bodyparts so it isn't for everyone, I didn't expect that but this isn't for the faint hearted. But this movie keeps you on the edge, you just want to see and know more so they know how to keep you hooked. There are also little funny scenes it it, but it is really acceptable.
The special effects were great! I really liked those, it didn't look unrealistic at all. They did and amazing job in the CGI! The music was well chosen and fittend every scene.
There is a second part coming so I'll be sure to watch that but I wouldn't rewatch this movie very soon just because it is quite gory.
Watch this if you like science fiction/alien movies with gore.
Skip this if you can't handle blood and dislike CGI movies.
Overall Rate based on the different criteria: 8.5
Parasyte is a manga that's been on my TBR for over 15 years but which I never dared read because the few images I'd seen of it were pretty gory and ugly. Still, It's one of these very popular seinen that's part of manga culture if that's your thing so when I discovered a live action had been made based on it, I thought it was a great way to know if the original material was worth reading. Though to be honest, I waited A LOT before finally watching this... Frankly I'm not a huge fan of blobs, monsters or anything remotely slimy.
Now this is a horror manga and a seinen at that... better be warned before starting... There's lots of blood and violence but the series made me think about another favorite of mine, Tokyo Ghoul, in which interesting questions are raised through a pretty simple premise.
I usually avoid anything that is too gory but I found myself drawn to this story pretty quickly. I thought how Shinichi and Migi changed through the course of the movie had been smoothly handled... and that it gave room to an important dilemma on Migi's part that the manga and hence the second movie will probably explore.
If you're not scared of some gory scenes and would like something a little bit meatier on your plate, I'd highly recommend this: It's got action, a likeable lead, and a whole cast of interesting characters though admittedly, if you're sensitive you might avoid it. I'm pretty sensitive to blood and gore as well, but I surprisingly didn't cringe too much watching this.
Great job from everyone. Special thumbs up to Sometani Shota whom I discovered watching this. He's perfect in this role and his "forced friendship" with Migi is a delight to watch.
Fits well but nothing stuck to mind.
Rewatch Value: 7
... If you're in the mood for something dark and gritty for instance at Halloween.
It made me want to read the manga... which I bought immediately after finishing this installment. I'm sure since it's 10 volumes, the themes are much more developed so if the aim was to promote the original material, well it's well done.
If you're a fan, well it's a must watch... I'm sure comparisons are inevitable and you'll be bound to criticize it since you can't squeeze 10 volumes into 2 movies without removing some elements ( 1 such example, and again I didn't read the manga, is that Shinichi is raised by his mother alone when the manga features both parents).
Highly recommended for someone looking for a live action that for once is not a shoujo adaptation.