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Parasyte: Part 1 ("Kiseiju")

Quebec Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2014
  • 107 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2014, Udine Far East Film Festival 2015, Nippon Connection Festival 2015

“Hits the hard-to-find sweet spot between black comedy and serious sci-fi/horror” – Mark Schilling, JAPAN TIMES

“A highly engaging and mesmerisingly violent thriller” – Andrew Marshall, STARBURST MAGAZINE

An alien species has secretly begun infesting Tokyo. Crawling into beds at night, they slip into sleepers’ ears and penetrate their brains, assuming control of their hosts. Mopey teenager Shinichi is fortunate that he fell asleep wearing his earbuds, and so his creepy-crawler only succeeds in taking over his right hand. The extremity is now an independent entity, highly intelligent and capable of incredible transformations. Once over his shock, Shinichi must form an alliance of convenience with the willful weirdo that was once his own hand. The peculiar organism insists they seek out others of its kind — hideous, carnivorous mutations masquerading as ordinary people.

Once again, Fantasia presents an astounding two-part tour de force of live-action dark fantasy, drawn from the pages of Japanese manga. Like DEATH NOTE and GANTZ, the PARASYTE series explores exciting new territory in the landscape of horror and sci-fi, proposing profound moral and philosophical challenges while startling with the diabolical inventiveness of its events and imagery (fans of UZUMAKI will revel in the surrealist shocks and organic horror here). A shrewd, highly logical hybrid of multiple genres, PARASYTE: PART 1 and its sequel — also at Fantasia this summer — were crafted with utmost competence by veteran director Takashi Yamazaki (SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, RETURNER, the ALWAYS trilogy). This is definitely the cornerstone of your summertime cinematic fun!

— Rupert Bottenberg