Plot by Asian Wiki: ’20-year-old Matsuri Takabayashi learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She decides to not dwell on her life and not to fall in love, but she meets Kazuto Manabe at a school reunion.’ Based on Ruka Kosaka‘s real life story.
Parasite in Love has entered its second week of release and in spite of a relatively limited number of theaters where it’s screened (150+, not the ‘usual’ 250+) the movie remains in the Top 15 in terms of box office, according to Eiga.com. Viewers’ reviews are positive more often than not with a 3.3 average at Eiga.com and 3.4 at Filmarks…
The production team has released a new clip with footage from the ‘making of’. Check outtakes and on the set pictures from the film’s official Insta.
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 ….
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Based on the real life story of novelist Ruka Kosaka, The Last Ten Years directed by Michihito Fujii (The Journalist, Day and Night, Yakuza and the Family…), starring Nana Komatsu and Kentaro Sakaguchi is a WarnerBros Japan film set for a theatrical release in Spring 2022 (Japan). Official Film Site.
News about the shooting and making of have surfaced on the internet: Director Michihito said he did not want his movie to be a melodramatic romance but rather a ‘documentary’, not about how the heroin died but about how she lived and spent those last ten years.
Ruka Kosaka suffered from an incurable disease and sadly passed away in 2017, at the age of 38, before her book, a fiction with a strong bind with her own life, was published and became a best-seller. Long discussions with her bereaved family convinced the director he had to make a movie that would also celebrate life, as a testimony….
A review of Parasite in Love (moderate spoilers)
In a dark room, crammed with computers and devices, Kengo Kosaka prepares his revenge against the world: a malware that will disrupt all communications on Christmas Eve. He remembers the suicide of his parents when he was 8 years old, the mockery at school, being rejected… Kengo washes and scrubs his hands frantically for his panic fear of dirt and germs (mysophobia) means he has no place in this world.
Somewhere else, lying in a park, Hijiri Sanagi reads a book. She meets children, she hates them and the way they stare at her. Hijiri simply cannot stand being looked at and observed (scopophobia), she has shunned herself from the outside world by wearing a headset all the time. Her memories are the inquisitive eyes of a grandfather, a scientist who told her as a child that she was sick, just like her mother, because a parasite lives inside her brain. Hijiri thinks she will die but does not panick, she lives with it.
How could these two young people possibly meet? Yet… Izumi, a mysterious man who seems to know a lot of things, contacts Kengo and forces him to not only meet Hijiri but to take care of her. After a difficult beginning that gives rise to scenes where tragic-comic dialogues and special effects are sometimes disturbing, the feeling of love emerges. Both of them aspire to do normal things, like everybody else… but is this mutual attraction the work of the human heart or the product of the influence of parasites living in their brains? Kengo is also infected.Read more