The Eel (Unagi) (1998)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
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Average Rating: 7/10
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Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1
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I was once again stuck watching a movie that's solely about repressed passion, perhaps the least cinematic thing you could ever try to film.
It sounds nuts, but one of the best movies in town is about the relationship of a man with his eel.
Yakusho and Ms. Shimizu deliver unerring performances in a splendid film that harvests hope from a bleak landscape.
This simple, sinuous fable may not be among Imamura's greatest films ... but it could hardly have been made by anyone else.
Imamura composed The Eel with an artist's eye and takes his time, so don't expect a fast-paced American-style film.
This excellent drama, based on a novel, reveals the beginning of a relationship between two souls who are trying to move beyond the wounds of the past.
Yakusho gives a good performance in the lead role but the screenplay does not go beneath the surface of the characters.
Just when it seems like 'The Eel' is going to settle into a standard love-conquers-fear tale, the writers begin coloring in the characters, revealing their secrets and insecurities. The results are sometimes shocking and sometimes funny...
Although it starts off like a sports car barreling down the highway in high gear, the director shifts into neutral right after the opening credits end and coasts until almost all momentum is lost.
An interesting film that works most effectively as an introspective study of how to deal with one's anger and love.
A beautiful character study -- comedic scenes notwithstanding -- that ends on a hopeful note.
A flash of quiet brilliance that resonates long after the images have faded from the screen.
An oddly affecting and haunting film, thanks to the deliberate pacing and an appropriately enigmatic starring turn by actor Koji Yakusho.
An alternately poignant and funny film which transcends the limitations of its seemingly ludicrous plot.
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