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Kôji Yakusho Kôji Yakusho
Takuro Yamashita
Misa Shimizu Misa Shimizu
Keiko Hattori
Mitsuko Baisho Mitsuko Baisho
Misako Nakajima
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto
Tamotsu Takasaki
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
Jiro Nakajima
Shô Aikawa Shô Aikawa
Yuji Nozawa
Sabu Kawahara Sabu Kawahara
Seitaro Misato
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara
Fumie Hattori

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The Long Eel

14 years, 2 months ago at Feb 8 21:11
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 tim... read more

A good movie

11 years, 4 months ago at Dec 8 19:49
Even though I have always been interested in Asian movies, I've never been really familiar with Shohei Imamura's work (as a matter of fact, without counting this flick, I have seen only one other full length feature and a short). Still, since this movie won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film festival back then in 1997, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, it is a rather strange flick mi... read more
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White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a barber in prison) and talks almost to no-one except for the eel he "befriended" in prison. One day he finds the unconscious body of Keiko, who attempted suicide and reminds him of his wife. She starts to work at his shop, but he doesn't let her become close to him.
Release date: 24 May 1997
UPC: 717119679149
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