The eel is a strange mix of a movie. It starts off a little violent, moves to a cast of quirky characters, adds serious relationship dilemmas, includes some hallucinogenic visions and ends in a realistic way. Koji Yakusho could read the most inane dialog and make it seem the height of theatrical acting, and performs perfectly. However, the movie is two hours long and I lost interest several times. I don't usually require movies to have a point, but this one seems exceptionally pointless. I mainly recommend it to see Yakusho-san in some earlier work.