Japan Release: 2014
Running Time:
109 minutes

Parasyte


Japanese Title

 寄生獣
[Kiseiju]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho / Robot / NTV / Kodansha / Dentsu / Gyao / KDDI / Yahoo Japan

Normal Japanese teenage male Shinichi's life is changed when an alien infects his right hand. The alien, which names itself Migi, is part of a widespread invasion of similar aliens--most of which eat the brains of their owners, and then proceed to kill and eat any hapless humans in the vicinity. Shinichi must become accustomed to living with a dangerous talking alien living in his hand while other alien-human hybrids are closing in, menacing him and all those dear to him.

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Titles

International Title

Parasyte

Initial US Title

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US Distributor: - / Time: -

Alternate Titles

Parasitic Beasts
[Literal translation]

Gisaengsu Part 1
[Korean]


Staff

Cast

Directed by Takashi Yamazaki
Writing credits Takashi Yamazaki, Ryota Kosawa, Hitoshi Iwaaki
Produced by Takahiro Sato, Genki Kawamura, Keiichiro Moriya, Minami Ichikawa, Yoshio Nakayama, Shuji Abe, Seiji Okuda, Akihiro Yamauchi
Music by Naoki Sato
Cinematography by Shoichi Ato
Film Editing by Junosuke Hogaki
Production Design by Yuji Hayashida, Eri Sakushima
Assistant Director Kohei Adachi
Director of Special Effects Kiyoko Shibuya
Shinichi Izumi Shota Sometani
Ryoko Tamiya Eri Fukatsu
Satomi Murano Ai Hashimoto
Takeshi Hirokawa Kazuki Kitamura
Hideo Shimada Masahiro Higashide
Goto Tadanobu Asano
Nobuko Izumi Miko Yoki
Hirama, Detective Jun Kunimura
Uragami Hirofumi Arai
Miki Pierre Taki
Migi Sadao Abe
Kuramori Nao Ohmori
Nobuko Izumi, Shinichi's Mother Kimiko Yo

Posters



DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 Parasitic Beasts: Limited Edition Toho (2015)
Japan Region 2 Parasitic Beasts: Deluxe Edition Toho (2015)
Japan Blu-ray Parasitic Beasts: Limited Edition Toho (2015)
Japan Blu-ray Parasitic Beasts: Deluxe Edition Toho (2015)

Background and Trivia

  • Based on the manga of the same name by artist and wrtier Hitoshi Iwaaki. The manga ran from 1988 to 1995.
  • The manga was originally licensed by New Line Cinema in 2005, wanting to make a US based production around the concept. However, their option expired in 2013, an event that led to a bidding war in Japan. Eventually Toho managed to secure the rights. This fact was revealed by The Asahi Shimbun Company.

Reviews

Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
May 12, 2015