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Shôhei Imamura

The Eel (Unagi)

Edition 1997
117' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Shôhei Imamura Composer: Shinichirô Ikebe With: Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Fujio Tsuneta, Makato Sato, Akira Emoto
Takuro Yamashita, paroled after eight years in prison for killing his wife, starts a new life as barber in a small town outside of Tokyo. His closest companion remains his pet eel, which has kept him company throughout his days behing bars. Freed from confinement, Takiro gradually begins to open up, becoming friendly with the locals who frequent his shop. But his life changes abuptly when he saves Keiko, a young woman he happens upon trying to commit suicide by the river. Keiko, also trying to heal mental wounds, eventually starts to work at Takuro's shop. They both begin to feel a growing attraction for one another. However, incidents occur, pulling them back to their pasts...

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Shôhei Imamura


Shinichirô Ikebe


Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Fujio Tsuneta, Makato Sato, Akira Emoto


Shôhei Imamura, Daisuke Tengan, Motofumi Tomikawa

Director of Photography

Shigeru Komatsubara


Hajime Okayasu


Hisa Lino

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Screenplay based on

"On Parole" (Akira Yoshimura)




Shôhei Imamura
Stolen Desire (1958), Nishi Ginza Station (1958), Endless Desire (1958), My Second Brother (1959), Pigs and Battleships (1961), The Insect Woman (1963), Intentions of Murder (1964), The Pornographers (1966), A Man Vanishes (1967), Profound Desires of the Gods (1968), History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970), Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1975), Vengeance Is Mine (1979), Why Not? (1981), The Ballad of Narayama (1983), Zegen (1987), Black Rain (1989), The Eel (1997), Dr. Akagi (1998), Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), September 11 (2002)

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