Parasite in Love, the latest opus from director, photographer and video-maker Kensaku Kakimoto will be available on DVD/Bluray from March 23 onwards. The Bluray edition has interesting bonuses such as the making of, the official trailer and some event footage (most certainly the Premiere)…
It is possible to pre-order it from various online stores. Non Japanese speakers may find it easier to do it from Amazon Japan as the site displays some English information and instructions: Bluray.
Synopsis fromAsian 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 ….
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.
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)
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.
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.