Parasyte: Part 2 ("Kiseiju Kanketsu-hen")
The parasite infestation in Tokyo is metastasizing. No longer are these strange and dangerous monsters, camouflaged as human beings, struggling to find one another, to feed in safety, and to comprehend their own nature and purpose. With their brilliant (and by human standards, frighteningly sociopathic) minds, they are able to insinuate themselves into the political fabric of society. And as their position of power grows, a leader comes forth. Unlike others, who speak of coexistence or clinical experimentation, Goto (the great Tadanobu Asano) is very straightforward about his intentions regarding the human species.
The second act of the two-part PARASYTE series raises the stakes, cranks up the excitement and delivers the pay-off the first film’s set-up deserves. Takashi Yamazaki has done a top-notch job in transposing to the big screen the manga series created by Hitoshi Iwaaki. “Parasyte” made its debut in Japan in 1988, and after winning awards in its home country promptly became a key work in the rise of Western manga fandom in the ‘90s. A mutant mash-up of grisly gore, creature feature, science fiction eco-shocker and quirky superhero thrill ride — with an injection of black-humoured teen comedy — it captured readers’ imaginations as surely as an alien earworm would burrow into their brains. It’ll surely be stuck in yours once you’ve enjoyed this amazing cinematic diptych!
— Rupert Bottenberg