UNAGI (1996)

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Based on the story `Yami ni Hirameku/Glittering in the dark' by Akira Yoshimura. Begins in 1988, when the middle-aged protagonist returns home from a fishing trip to find his much younger wife in bed with another man. He stabs her to death, then gives himself up to the police, Eight years later, he is paroled from prison and tries to rebuild his life by opening a barber's shop in a rural backwater. At first, taciturn and inward-looking, he confides his thoughts and fears only to the eel he adopted as a pet while in prison, but a chance meeting with a woman who has attempted suicide gradually draws him out of his shell.

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