Eel, The
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Eel, The

General info
Original title: Unagi (うなぎ)
Country: Japan
Year: 1997
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3 2673 votes
Plot: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a barber in prison) and talks almost to no-one except for the eel he 'befriended' in prison. One day he finds the unconscious body of Keiko, who attempted suicide and reminds him of his wife. She starts to work at his shop, but he doesn't let her become close to him.

'The Eel' proved how the director Shohei Imamura is good at describing life-sized characterization and mental state. The main character's suspicion, madness, kindness and love, are closely related to what we have inside. Which made me sympathetic and devoted to the character. Shohei Imamura described the main character's complication by using the character's delusion. And, the usage of psychological and fantastic images strongly helped to express the human mind. 'The Eel' is a unique human drama.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 117

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Filmmakers

Imamura, ShoheiIMAMURA Shohei
director/writer
TOMIKAWA Motofumi
writer
TENGAN Daisuke
writer
IKEBE Shinichirô
composer
Eisei GekijoEisei Gekijo
studio
Persons

Cast

Yakusho, KôjiYAKUSHO Kôji
as Takuro Yamashita
Shimizu, MisaSHIMIZU Misa
as Keiko Hattori
Baisho, MitsukoBAISHO Mitsuko
as Misako Nakajima
Emoto, AkiraEMOTO Akira
as Tamotsu Takasaki
TSUNETA Fujio
as Jiro Nakajima
Aikawa, ShoAIKAWA Sho
as Yuji Nozawa
KOBAYASHI Ken
as Masaki Saito
Kawahara, SabuKAWAHARA Sabu
as Seitaro Misato
Ichihara, EtsukoICHIHARA Etsuko
as Fumie Hattori
Taguchi, TomorowoTAGUCHI Tomorowo
as Eiji Dojima
TERADA Chiho
as Emiko Yamashita
Nakamaru, ShinshôNAKAMARU Shinshô
Hiraizumi, SeiHIRAIZUMI Sei
Kurasaki, SeijiKURASAKI Seiji
ISHIDO Toshirô
SHINSUI Sanshô
as Doctor
Ueda, KôichiUEDA Kôichi
as Detective
Mitsuishi, KenMITSUISHI Ken
as Detective
KONISHI Hiroyuki
as Medical Examiner
OZAWA Shoichi
as Elderly Doctor
SAPONANGELO Teresa
SATÔ Makoto
as Jukichi Takada
SHIMIZU Miho



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