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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 »


Masayuki Ochiai


Ryôichi Kimizuka, Hideaki Sena (novel)

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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Mikami ... Toshiaki Nagashima
Riona Hazuki Riona Hazuki ... Kiyomi Nagashima
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Sawako Asakura
Ayako Omura Ayako Omura ... Mariko Anzai
Gorô Inagaki ... Tatsuro Ohno
Hisako Manda Hisako Manda ... Etsuko Odagiri
Tetsuya Bessho Tetsuya Bessho ... Takatsugu Yoshizumi
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Mutsuo Ishihara
Kenzô Kawarasaki Kenzô Kawarasaki ... Shigeru Kataoka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sanshô Shinsui Sanshô Shinsui ... (as Sanshô Shinsui)
Ikkei Watanabe Ikkei Watanabe


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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Filming Locations:

Saitama, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is a prologue to the video games and is what is referenced through out them. It is also based on the Japanese science fiction horror novel by Hideaki Sena of the same name. See more »


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 »


Spin-off Parasite Eve (1998) See more »

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Very well done..if only the novel was available here.
12 October 2002 | by MidnightHeavenSee all my reviews

Being familiar with the game, it was surprise to find out that 1) it was based on a novel that would count as a prequel, and 2) it was well thought out and drove home the originality of such a villain living within us.

Unlike the game, this is more tame and has no need for action and bullets blazin'...not that there's anything wrong with that :0). It's just that in here, it give a more scientific (yet easy to understand) approach to the series' overseas (in many ways) origin and climax, and also shows that, as cheesy as it sounds, love conquers all. It is a little slow at first, but there are things that keep your interest, so yes, it really is a good watch, even if you're not a fan of the game, or didn't know it was a game at all. It's a rare find, but it's worth a try even once :)

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