Takashi Yamazaki’s film of sci-fi manga to open on April 25
The official website for the second live-action film of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s science-fiction manga Parasyte began streaming a trailer on Saturday. Kiseijū Kanketsu-hen (Parasyte: The Final Act) will open in theaters throughout Japan on April 25.
Text: The grand, shocking entertainment that was number one in audience attendance is finally completed!
Narrator: Parasitic creatures that live and feed off of people. Shinichi Izumi, a high school student whose right hand was taken over.
Migi: Just call me Migi!
Narrator: And Migi, the parasite who took over his right hand.
Migi: My comrades are just eating! Don’t you think that’s it’s too modest just to eat up only humankind?
Shinichi: I think our sets of morals are way too different…
Text: The war with the parasites that keep appearing…
Migi: If you attack this human, I will kill you!
Teacher: It’s so interesting that you’re co-existing with the human.
Shinichi: Mom, I’ll cut you free now, OK?
Captain: We will now enter the first phase of the parasite-extermination plan! Be on alert!
Man: Eat and kill the entire race.
Text: Human race vs Parasites
Text: Which race will survive?
Captain: They’re here!
Shinichi: He’s looking for me!
Woman: So let’s run!
Man: What’s rotting out the Earth itself is the parasites!
Shinichi: There’s something I want to protect…
Text: Can he protect the person he loves?
Migi: Sacrificing oneself to save a lot of lives…
Woman: It’s a healthy child that smiles a lot…
Text: Everything heads to the shocking and touching conclusion…
Migi: Shinichi, thank you for everything up until now.
Teacher: This is goodbye.
Man: This is the end.
Narrator: Parasyte: The Final Act
Migi: I’m glad I didn’t steal your brain… when I met you.
The first of two films by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) opened in Japan on November 29. The movie data firm Kōgyō Tsūshin reported that the film debuted at #1 (by tickets sold) at the Japanese box office, despite mixed to negative reviews.
Shōta Sometani (live-action xxxHOLiC, All Esper Dayo!) stars in the films as Shinichi Izumi, Eri Fukatsu (Onnanoko Monogatari) plays Ryōko Tamiya, Shinichi’s teacher who has a Parasite take over her body, and Ai Hashimoto (Blood-C: The Last Dark, live-action Another, Sadako 3D) plays Satomi Murano, Shinichi’s classmate and childhood friend. Ryūta Kosawa (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Shōnen H) is writing the films’ scripts.
These films adapt Iwaaki’s original manga serialized in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1990-1995. The 10-volume series (later reprinted in an eight-volume version) has more than 11 million copies in print.
The manga takes place in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi’s right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.