Parasite in Love is the latest film from director Kensaku Kakimoto. It was released in Japan on Friday November 12 and will be screened until mid December: Theaters list.
Synopsis from Asian Wiki: a young man named Kengo Kosaka (Kento Hayashi) suffers from extreme mysophobia. Due to his compulsive disorder, he is unable to maintain a relationship with anyone. Kengo Kosaka is also a lonely young man. Meanwhile, high school student Hijiri Sanagi (Nana Komatsu) has scopophobia. Because of her fear of being stared at, she refuses to go to school. Both Kengo Kosaka and Hijiri Sanagi do not expect to find love with another person, but they meet and fall in love. They have happy days, but ….
Shinjuku’s special screening on Saturday 13: Report from the Official Film Site
Quoting director Kakimoto Yahoo Japan editorialist wrote: many things were born on the set, such as ‘Let’s shoot it like this, let’s do the lighting like this,’ and he was grateful that Hayashi and Komatsu had thought a lot about their roles. He had complete trust in them.
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In an article from Model Press: The director praised Hayashi‘s passionate performance as Kosaka, who has complex emotions, saying, “I’m really glad it was him. He’s really good at expressing introspection in his acting”. About Komatsu, on the other hand, “I’ve worked with her a few times before, her spontaneity in acting is amazing,” he says, revealing that her performance changes quickly when he says a few words or has a discussion with her.
The two leads, Hayashi and Komatsu, bring a certain reality to the fantasy setting of “falling in love because of insects/bugs”. Director Kakimoto said, “The role could only be played by Kento-kun and Nana-chan”. Movie Walker (November 17)
Sources: Yahoo News – Model Press – Crea Bunshun – Koi Mushi (Official Insta) – Movie Walker