White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover and kills her. After eight years in prison, he opens a barber shop and talks to no-one except for an eel he befriended in prison. One day he finds the unconscious body of Keiko, who attempted suicide and reminds him of his wife.
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The opening sequence was phenomenal and in its own right works on its own as a short, albeit very short, feature. The rest of the film is bland in comparison. Although the relationship between the man and his eel was interesting. This film is a mixed bag for me!
Réalisé à l'aube de ses 70 ans par le vétéran Imamura toujours aussi novateur et précieux, une oeuvre espiègle et alerte, d'une incroyable jeunesse cinématographique qui peut certes dérouter par sa tonalité vagabonde, libertaire et polysémique... www.cinefiches.com