[Press Release] Behind the Scenes: Inside the Immersive Universe of "Parasyte: The Grey"

Since "Parasyte: The Grey" premiered last April 5, the latest Korean series has topped the non-English TV list on Netflix globally for two consecutive weeks, clocking in 9.8 million viewing hours this week alone.


One of the most talked about moments in the series is when a person's head splits open to reveal the parasite within. To make it look realistic, director Yeon Sang-ho focused not only on how the parasite's movements looked in CGI but also how they should affect the physical environment.

"When the parasite head moves by, elements like hair should move naturally. We even tried pulling objects with strings. The biggest challenge was continuously filming things we couldn't see as if we could", says Yeon, who is no stranger to creating believable creatures, from Train to Busan to Hellbound.

"Parasyte: The Grey" is based on the original comic "Parasyte" by Hitoshi Iwaaki, which sold an accumulated record of over 25 million copies in over 30 regions and countries with its ingenious imaginative storyline of a parasite permeating through a human brain and controlling its body, and philosophical message. "Parasyte: The Grey" expands the universe of "Parasyte" with a new story in a different setting: Korea. Iwaaki commented, "I hope that people from all over the world can enjoy and appreciate the fact that different stories are born when "Parasyte" is created in different places on Earth".

Taking a hands-on approach to help the actors visualize the seamless transformation between human and parasite, Yeon would show them how to move their head as the parasite emerged or jerk their body as the parasite took over.

"Director Yeon Sang-ho threw his body to direct us. He would physically demonstrate to us. We came onto the set after watching and understanding his demonstrations, so we could visualize the action lines", explains Koo Kyo-hwan, who plays Kang-woo, a man driven to fight parasites in his search for his missing sister.

"Parasyte: The Grey" revolves around supermarket employee Soo-in (Jeon So-nee), who ends up co-existing with a parasite when it fails to take over her brain. Even as she grapples with her new reality, the relentless Team Grey, led by Joon-kyeong (Lee Jung-hyun), goes all out to eliminate the parasites.

Catch all six episodes of "Parasyte: The Grey" only on Netflix now.

Title: "Parasyte: The Grey"
Original Work: Kiseiju (Parasyte) by Hitoshi Iwaaki published by KODANSHA
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Screenwriter: Yeon Sang-ho, Ryoo Yong-jae
Cast: Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, Lee Jung-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim In-kwon, and others.
Production: Climax Studio, WOW POINT
Distribution: Netflix
Release Date: April 5, 2024