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In Competition – Feature Films


Directed by : Shohei IMAMURA

     Country : JAPAN

Length : 117 minutes

Palme d'Or (tied), 1997


Takuro Yamashita, paroled after eight years in prison for killing his wife, starts a new life as barber in a small town outside of Tokyo. His closest companion remains his pet eel, which has kept him company throughout his days behind bars. Freed from confinement, Takiro gradually begins to open up, becoming friendly with the locals who frequent his shop. But his life changes abruptly when he saves Keiko, a young woman he happens upon trying to commit suicide by the river. Keiko also trying to heal mental wounds, eventually starts to work at Takuro's shop. They both begin to feel a growing attraction for one another. However, incidents occur, pulling them back to their pasts...


Shohei IMAMURA - Director

Daisuke TENGAN - Script / Dialogue

Motofumi TOMIKAWA - Script / Dialogue

Shigeru KOMATSUBARA - Cinematography

Shinichiro IKEBE - Music

Hajime OKAYASU - Film Editor


Koji YAKUSHO - Takuro Yamashita

Mitsuko BAISHO - Misako Nakajima

Fujio TSUNETA - Jiro Nakajima

Makoto SATO - Jukichi Takada

Misa SHIMIZU - Keiko Hattori

- Tamotsu Takasaki


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In Competition – Feature Films 1997

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