The Eel (Unagi) 1998

The Eel

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Freed after spending eight years in prison for killing his unfaithful wife in a jealous rage, Takuro Yamashita (Koji Yakusho) opens a barber shop and spends his free time communing with the pet eel he got while in prison. One day, he saves a young woman named Keiko Hattori (Misa Shimizu) from committing suicide, and offers her a job in his shop. Despite the pair's growing mutual attraction, Takuro's enduring guilt over his wife's murder obstructs the growth of their relationship.

Cast & Crew

Kôji Yakusho
Takuro Yamashita
Misa Shimizu
Keiko Hattori
Fujio Tsuneta
Jiro Nakajima
Mitsuko Baishô
Misako Nakajima
Akira Emoto
Tamotsu Takasaki
Shô Aikawa
Yuji Nozawa
Ken Kobayashi
Masaki Saito
Sabu Kawara
Seitaro Misato
Etsuko Ichihara
Fumie Hattori
Kazuyoshi Okuyama
Executive Producer
Hisa Iino
Producer
Shinichirô Ikebe
Original Music
Shigeru Komatsubara
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Critic Reviews for The Eel (Unagi)

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Audience Reviews for The Eel (Unagi)

  • Sep 10, 2011
    In the most perverse circumstances, a story of affection and redemption in The Eel. Reflective. Optimistic. Oddly charming.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2007
    beautiful and sublime despite a cliche ending...the visuals are nothing short of brilliant
    Derek W Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2007
    Rage, remorse, regeneration, redemption, romance and a lot of frankly baffling whimsy. I felt this movie was just all over the map and did not satisfy. "An erotic spellbinder." ??????, um... no.
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Eel", Takuro Yamashita(Koji Yakusho) is an office worker who has been receiving anonymous letters about his wife's infidelity while he goes on nighttime fishing trips. In order to investigate these claims, he cuts one such trip short, and does indeed catch her having sex with another man. He snaps and brutally murders her. Then, he calmly bikes down to the police station and turns himself in. Eight years later, he is released from prison on parole with his pet eel. He relocates to a sleepy seaside village under the watchful eye of his parole officer and with some inheritance money, he opens a barber shop, hoping to keep out of trouble. But then, he stumbles across an attempted suicide...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Eel" is an offbeat movie that would at first seem to be about redemption but is actually about how none of us are truly alone, either literally or figuratively. In other words, there is no way to avoid becoming involved in other people's lives.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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