Is it in our heads?

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.

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Charisma met Charisma

What was once just a piece of fiction in a movie (Ito aka Tapestry) has become reality. Through their respective agencies, actor and musician Masaki Suda (Top Coat) and actress and model Nana Komatsu (Stardust Promotion) have announced their marriage.

In a joint communiqué the two young stars said they were grateful to all those who supported them and wished the same people will welcome and care about them as a couple. Stating they are still young (未熟な二人, immature? very young) they both say they are just like when they met and are happy and hopeful making a family and continuing working…

Celebrities, fellow thespians, film directors, mangaka, fashion magazines, movie accounts, cinema magazines and fans around the world congratulate the two for their marriage, here is a non exhaustive list: singer songwriter Aimyon, actors Go Ayano and Takeru Satoh, directors Takahiro Miki and Edmund Yeo, Nana Komatsu’s long time friend and model Emma, editorialists from Elle Japan, Vogue Japan, Frau, Aera, Ginza, Marie Claire Taiwan … as well as Japanese national TVs (NHK, Asahi TV…) and film distributor Gaga Corporation. Actress Fumi Nikaido who worked with Nana Komatsu in two movies (The World of Kanako, Ito/Tapestry) and has close ties with Masaki Suda’s family said: ‘Two people whom I love have become a family. Congratulations!’

Sources: too many to mention as the news topped trending, hot topics and hot searches on Twitter, Yahoo and Google in Japan, Naver in South Korea and was also trending in other Asian countries. A list of several hundred links would be a fastidious piece. So, Oricon News which was one of the first big media outlets to spread the news on Monday and Masaki Suda’s Official Twitter as well as Nana Komatsu’s Official Instagram: Oricon NewsMasaki Suda TwitterNana Komatsu Instagram – Pictures from the ending sequence of Ito/Tapestry (2020).

Koi Mushi Special Screening

Saturday November 13, Grand Cinema Sunshine in Shinjuku (Baltic 9 Complex): special screening followed by a Q&A session for director Kensaku Kakimoto‘s new film, Parasite in Love. Nana Komatsu, Kento Hayashi (the two leads), Arata Iura, Ryo Ishibashi (main supporting cast) attended with Kakimoto-san. Official Film Site.

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Late Fall Early Winter Mags

In order to promote Parasite in Love, co-stars Kento Hayashi and Nana Komatsu have been busy for several weeks, providing printed and online magazines with interviews. Kensaku Kakimoto‘s new movie is set for a nationwide release in Japan on Friday November 12.

Magazines List: Welfare Labour (November issue) – Anan (November issue) – Cinema Cinema (November issue, #95) – Da Vinci (December issue) – GQ Japan (December issue) – Jelly (December issue) – Nihon Eiga Navi (mook Vol.96) – PHP Special (December issue) – Spoon* (*Kadokawa, December issue, #144) – Location Japan* (*Rakuten books, December) – Non No (January 2022 issue). Unless specified, all clickable links redirect to the mag’s page on Amazon Japan (opens a new window)


Spoon (december issue)

Back in 2010, that is eleven years ago (!) teen model Komatsu Nana had her first mag cover with Spoon. Now a woman, a well-known model and a much sought-after actress, she makes the cover of the December 2021 issue with co-star Kento Hayashi. The two discuss their latest film together: Parasite in Love.

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