‘Parasyte’ Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation By ‘Train To Busan’ Director

Based on the legendary manga ‘Parasyte’ by Hitoshi Iwaaki, ‘Parasyte: The Grey’ is the latest South Korean sci-fi thriller series premiering on Netflix this April 5th. The series will be brought to life by ‘Train To Busan’ director Yeon Sang-Ho.

The original manga follows high school student Shinichi Izumi who falls victim to a Parasite, a tiny worm-like alien who takes over the brains of their hosts by entering through their ears or noses. However, Shinichi wakes up in the middle of the possession and the Parasite burrows into his arm instead, causing both beings to retain their separate intellects and personalities.

‘Parasyte’ was highly praised for its exploration of philosophical and psychological questions surrounding the meaning of humanity, our relationship with the environment and other species, and the inherent anthropocentrism of morality. The manga was originally published in 1989 and sold over 25 million copies in more than 30 regions and countries. It was later adapted into a 24-episode anime series in 2015.

The Netflix series is set in a new locale with fresh characters while drawing inspiration from the beloved manga. At the center of its story is Su-in, played by Jeon So-nee (Our Blooming Youth, Scripting Your Destiny, Soulmate, Bad Police) as she grapples with her newfound coexistence with a Parasite. The series also follows the efforts of Team Grey, a group dedicated to fighting mysterious Parasites that live off humans.

When asked about his thoughts on the adaptation, Hitoshi Iwaaki shares, “I am most excited that this is ‘a new story’; while I am the author of the original manga, I could also be a member of the audience that experiences thrill and awe.”

“Thinking back to when the original manga was adapted in Japan, “Parasyte” the manga is like a ‘child’ to me, born from my own work in a small room, while the animation and live action film were like ‘grandchildren’, born from my child going out in the world and meeting many people and their wisdom, experience, and technology. I am overjoyed that another ‘grandchild’ is being born in Korea. I believe that this ‘new story’ taking place in a different location will lead us into a world beyond my imagination.”

Meanwhile director Yeon Sang-Ho says, “In my twenties, “Parasyte” was a staple for those of us who were passionate about manga and animation. Having the opportunity to build upon it and create something new is not only a great honor, but also a dream come true from my younger years.”

For more information about Parasyte: The Grey, visit the official Netflix website here.

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