The Eel Movie Review Summary

Actors: Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baisho

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THE EEL (Unagi) is a movie directed by Shohei Imamura in 1997. Golden Palm of the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
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Takuro kills his wife he's just found in bed with a lover. After eight years of prison, he's released on parole. He decides to open a hairdresser shop in the industrial zone of the city. His behaviour is rather strange as he has got into the habit of speaking to a tamed eel which stays in the middle of the shop. One understands soon that Takuro doesn't forgive himself for having killed the woman he loved.

One day, Takuro saves the life of Keiko, a young woman who's tried to commit suicide. Takuro hires Keiko who becomes soon indispensable at the shop. Between these two characters hurted by life, love will little by little find its place.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   workplace romance Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   guilt over actions that lead to death/injury

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fisherman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   river City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   sex with icepick Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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