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Parasite Eve (1997)

Parasaito Ivu (original title)
Toshiaki Nagashima is a biologist who is doing major research on mitochondria. When his beautiful young wife is tragically involved in a car accident which leaves her brain dead, in ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Mikami ...
Toshiaki Nagashima
Riona Hazuki ...
Kiyomi Nagashima
Tomoko Nakajima ...
Sawako Asakura
Ayako Omura ...
Mariko Anzai
Gorô Inagaki ...
Tatsuro Ohno
Hisako Manda ...
Etsuko Odagiri
Tetsuya Bessho ...
Takatsugu Yoshizumi
Noboru Mitani ...
Mutsuo Ishihara
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
Shigeru Kataoka
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Ikkei Watanabe
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Toshiaki Nagashima is a biologist who is doing major research on mitochondria. When his beautiful young wife is tragically involved in a car accident which leaves her brain dead, in desperation he steals her liver from her body in order to recieve the mitochondria from it to resurrect his wife from the dead. The killer mitochondria takes the form of his assistant who then uses the biologist for the host of a terrifying new species that is threatening to take over the world. Written by anonymous

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About halfway through the movie, the scientist is using a microscope to watch cells multiply. When the cells split apart they make a noise, and the electrical activity makes noise as well, though it is all at a microscopic level. See more »

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Mitochondria, the modern day Tingler.
21 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie could well be a modern version of William Castle's THE TINGLER. But in this case, it's not a parasite hidden in the human spine which wants to free itself and have its own life but rather the mitochondria in the human body. "Mitochondria" is a term of cell biology. They are self-replicating organelles, bounded by 2 membranes, that are found in the cytoplasm of all eukaryotic cells and produce cellular energy in the form of ATP via the oxidative phosphorylation reactions.

The theory of PARASITE EVE is that mitochondria are very much a species with their own intentions. And all those years since evolution spat out the first humans, they were waiting for the day when they could finally break free. This day is NOW, and their outbreak of the human bodies would surely mean the end of all human life on earth. It's up to one lonely and desperate Japanese scientist to stop them after his beloved wife was killed as it was long-term planned by the mitochondria.

Like in many other modern Japanese horror and science fiction movies, the pace of PARASITE EVE is slow and often melancholic. But the daring storyline of the movie and the tension which is built slowly but surely until the climatic finale is worth watching anyway.

Japanese cinema has become an interesting alternative for lovers of the fantastic film genre. The way how Japanese films tell their story differs a great deal from Hollywood productions. If you have a chance to see PARASITE EVE, go see it or even buy it on DVD or VCD. If you're not an action-only fan, you won't regret it.


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