PARASYTE (PART 1) [Edinburgh Film Festival]

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Marshall

Earth is quietly invaded by a race of parasitic aliens that enter through the ears of humans and take over their brains, except for one that targets teenager Shinichi. Blocked by his headphones, the parasite ends up lodged in his right hand, and the two of them end up forced to work together if they want to survive against the hostile alien menace.

There is nobody in the world who does batshit crazy quite like the Japanese. And just so we’re clear, this is very much intended as a compliment. Adapted from a ten-volume manga series, the story sees the parasites use their hosts to feed off unsuspecting humans, leaving behind bloody, mangled and often decapitated corpses in their wake, while they also begin possessing influential people to slowly gain control of society. The film utterly revels in its savage depravity, the blackly humorous absurdity reminiscent of the unfettered insanity of Takashi Miike or Norboru Iguchi.

The core of the film is the developing relationship between Shinichi and Migi (his parasite, the Japanese word for “right”). Unheard of for the aliens, the two of them remain separate consciousnesses, and while some see them as an experiment to be observed, others take a more direct approach to the potential threat and regularly attempt to kill them. This is where the aliens’ fluid morphing abilities come in handy, as Migi is able to shape his makeshift limbs of Shinichi’s fingers into razor-sharp blades of flesh capable of dismembering with a single slice. Their growing symbiosis means that each begins to influence the other, with Shinichi slowly losing his sense of empathy and emotion, while Migi is forced to periodically sleep (which you just know is going to happen at the most inopportune moment).

As the film progresses the laughs begin to dry up as sympathetic characters are killed and callous scenes of wanton slaughter become the norm, and there are also some philosophical monologues about the human race’s destructive impact upon the planet and some existential rambling on the nature of identity. However, it never stops being a highly engaging and mesmerisingly violent thriller, and ends on a satisfying note that also leaves things well set for its second and final part to pick up.

INFO: PARASYTE (PART 1) / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR: TAKASHI YAMAZAKI / SCREENPLAY: RYOTA KOSAWA, TAKASHI YAMAZAKI / STARRING: SHOTA SOMETANI, SADAO ABE, ERI FUKATSU, AI HASHIMOTO, MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE / RELEASE DATE: TBC

Expecting Rating: 8 out of 10

Actual Rating:
  


Suggested Articles:
Volumes of Blood impressed a lot of genre-loving folks in 2015 with a low-budget underdog approach t
Dawn Of The Deaf is an engaging, horrifying, mystifying and, due to its brief length, tantalising ta
Ordinarily, explaining the concept of a short would be bad form to even consider, but Rites of Venge
With For a Good Time, Call… horror short heroine Izzy Lee (whose gender-flipped Lovecraft tale Inn
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES 16 August 2017

DAWN OF THE DEAF [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

RITES OF VENGEANCE [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…[SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

A GHOST STORY 15 August 2017

THE DOMICILE 14 August 2017

ALIEN: REIGN OF MAN 07 August 2017

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS 06 August 2017

THE EMOJI MOVIE 06 August 2017

ANNABELLE: CREATION 04 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner