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The Eel Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Veteran filmmaker and perennial iconoclast Shohei Imamura directs this darkly comic tale about love, redemption, and a man's beloved pet eel. The film opens with Takuro Yamashita (Koji Yakusho), a seemingly normal salaryman, learning that his wife might be having an affair. When he catches the couple in flaganto delicto, he freaks out and brutally stabs them both to death. Eight years later, Yamashita is released on parole into the care of a Buddhist priest living in rural Chiba prefecture. Far away from his former life, yet still plagued with memories of his crime, Yamashita decides to start anew by opening a barbershop on a quiet road next to a canal. Though inward looking and self-conscious, he eventually befriends a bumptious but good-hearted day laborer, and a construction worker who's obsessed with UFOs. His most fateful encounter though is with a woman named Keiko (Misa Shimizu), who he discovers unconscious following a suicide attempt. Looking to put a few of her own demons to bed, Keiko decides to stay in this sleepy corner of Japan and help her savior with his barbershop. Initially against the idea -- she bears a striking resemblance to his dead spouse -- he eventually agrees and even grows to like having her around. This film won the Grand Prix at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:May 12, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Shohei Imamura Best Foreign Film 1998 Nominee

Cast

Koji Yakusho
as Takuro Yamashita
Misa Shimizu
as Keiko Hattori
Fujio Tsuneta
as Jiro Nakajima
Mitsuko Baisho
as Misako Nakajima
Akira Emoto
as Tamotsu Takasaki
Sho Aikawa
as Yuji Nozawa
Ken Kobayashi
as Masaki Saito
Sabu Kawara
as Seitaro Misato
Etsuko Ichihara
as Fumie Hattori
Ken Kobayashi
as Masaki Saito
Sho Aikawa
as Yuji Nozawa
Fujio Tsuneta
as Jiro Nakajima
Mitsuko Baisho
as Misako Nakajima
Sabu Kawara
as Seitaro Misato
Akira Emoto
as Tamotsu Takasaki

Crew

Shohei Imamura
Director
Hisa Iino
Producer
Motofumi Tomikawa
Screenwriter
Shohei Imamura
Screenwriter
Daisuke Tengan
Screenwriter
Shigeru Komatsubara
Cinematographer
Hajime Okayasu
Editor
Hisao Inagaki
Production Designer
Kenichi Benitani
Sound/Sound Designer
Yasushi Matsuda
Line Producer
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