One of the lucky spin offs from the Manga fan Goth Daughter’s visits is that I get to see cool stuff like Kiseijuu.
Based upon the top-selling Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Kiseijuu tell the story of school student Shinichi Izumi (Shota Sametani) who just happens to be asleep with his ear buds in when the worm like Parasytes turn up. You see the Parasyte’s favoured means of entry is via te ear straight to the brain, but since Shinichi has his ears blocked his little invader enters via his right hand and gets stuck there. So no mind control for this little critter who takes the name of Migi (Right).
Now since Migi gets to share Shinichi’s blood nutrients the pair develop a symbiotic relationship with all the comic potential of a hormonal 17-year-old lad with a possessed right hand and a load of pretty girls in his school class. This is in contrast to the full on possession of the other worm victims who develop a hunger for human flesh and the ability to unravel their human form to hunt and kill
Not all of the possessed worm people are killers some like Shinichi’s maths teacher Ryoko (Eri Fukatsu) try to fit in and eat human food, but fortunatly for us policeman Mr A and fellow student Hideo Shimada (Masohiro Higashida) don’t and before long Shinichi/ Migi and everyone that Shinichi knows at home and at school are in terrible danger of becoming lunch.
I really enjoyed Kiseijuu, it’s a well paced movie with great shapeshifting effects that reminded me of both Predator (1987) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) with a good dose of the liquid metal robot from Terminator 2 Judgment Day (1991). There’s plenty of action and gooey transformations as well as some nicely awkward teeny humour as Shinichi and Migi bond together. The only problem I had with Kiseijuu was when Migi adopted his fighting shape complete with a pair of giant bladed fingers on either side of his eye-finger, he reminded me of Sebastian the Crab from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989)!
In Japanese with English subtitles
Packed with shapeshifting action, great effects and immature humour I give Kiseijuu a 555/666 I really must find Part Two now.
For Anime fans there is also an animated Japanese TV series Kiseijū Sei no Kakuritsu AKA Parasyte-the Maxim which ran from October 2014 to March 2015, which look rather fun too.