Eel, The

A FILM BY Shohei Imamura


Synopsis

A man, acting on an anonymous tip, finds his wife in bed with another man and in a fit of rage stabs her to death. Eight years later after being released from prison, he moves to a small, lakeside town and opens a barbershop. In the corner of the shop is an aquarium housing his companion from his prison stay, his pet eel - the only living thing he will talk to. Eventually the town's eccentric characters accept the man and happily make his barbershop their meeting place, while he, desperate to forget his past, guards against any attraction he may feel for women. One day he happens upon a young woman unconscious after a suicide attempt. Once recovered, she comes to work for him in the shop. She would like to know him more intimately, but he remains reluctant. He soon learns, however, that she has a past every bit as painful as his own.

Release Date

Original Languages: Japanese
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 117 min.
Year: 1997

CREDITS

CAST
Kôji Yakusho
Misa Shimizu
DIRECTED BY
Shohei Imamura