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Hitoshi Iwaaki’s ‘Parasyte’ receives South Korean live-action adaptation

The South-Korean adaptation will be released on April 5. (Netflix)
The South-Korean adaptation will be released on April 5. (Netflix)
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28 Feb 2024 07:02:49 GMT9
28 Feb 2024 07:02:49 GMT9

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Netflix has announced a South Korean live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s renowned manga series ‘Parasyte,’ which will be released on April 5. 

The Japanese science fiction manga was published from 1989 to 1994. It follows 17-year old student Shinichi Izumi, whose right hand gets infected by a parasite called Migi. 

‘Parasyte’ received an anime adaptation, titled ‘Parasyte -the maxim-,’ that was aired from 2014 to 2015 on Nippon TV. 

The award-winning manga is considered one of the best-selling series of all time, as it sold more than 25 million copies in 2022.

The South Korean adaptation, titled ‘Parasyte: The Grey,’ will put a twist on the original. It will follow Su-in, played by Jeon So-nee, who tries to coexist with the parasite. The series will also follow “Team Grey,” a group of people dedicated to fighting parasites that live off humans. 

Alongside So-nee, the cast will also include Koo Kyo-hwan, known for his role in the Korean drama ‘D.P,” who is devoted to fighting the parasites to find his sister. Additionally, Korean singer and actress Lee Jung-hyun will play Jun-kyung, the leader of “Team Grey.” 

According to Netflix, Iwaaki commented on the series, saying, “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. “

“The manga is like a ‘child’ to me, born from my own work in a small room…I believe that this ‘new story’ taking place in a different location will lead us into a world beyond my imagination,” Iwaaki added. 

The drama will be directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who gained international success after directing ‘Train to Busan’ and ‘Hellbound.’

“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,” Sang-ho commented on the live-action adaptation. 

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