Some More Love for Parasites

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

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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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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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D-Day for Parasites

There we are: Parasite in Love hits Japanese theaters as of today, over 150 of them all over the country. A special screening with stage greetings has been set for tomorrow at the Grand Cinema Sunshine in the Shinjuku Baltic 9 Complex, Tokyo. Co-stars Kento Hayashi and Nana Komatsu will attend in the company of director Kensaku Kakimoto.

Below you will find some info regarding last minute promo activities…(stay tuned for updates)

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Parasites on Friday

The latest promotional activities for Parasite in Love, the new movie from director Kensaku Kakimoto: new extended trailer, special interview article on Cinra.net, film stills (outtakes), other interviews, TV appearances etc… Now it’s just 2 days to go before the nationwide theatrical release on Friday 12.

The Cinra.net interview with director Kakimoto and his two leads, i.e. Nana Komatsu and Kento Hayashi, is quite remarkable. It’s a long one but really worth reading, an in-depth take on their thoughts about solitude, the anxieties the covid crisis brought about, the status of minorities, the way the actors faced challenging roles… you will find below a translation of short selected excerpts.

I made ‘Parasite in Love’, which is not a common love story, but a film about two people who can’t lead a normal social life. (Kensaku Kakimoto)

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