“I’ll be forgiven for all this, isn’t that right God?”
Freeze Me is a movie that could easily be summed up by using just two words, those words being “utter” & “bollocks” But in the interests of clarity I will attempt to validate that comment.
Freeze Me is the story of Chihiro, who as the movie begins has built a new life for herself after leaving her hometown five years earlier. She left after being gang raped & her assailants filmed the attack & sold it on the net. Things have gone well for Chihiro since leaving & she has a good job & is engaged to be married to one of her co-workers. One day one of her rapists turns up at her flat informing her that the others are on their way. He forces his way into her flat & after making himself at home rapes her again. Chihiro seeing everything she has achieved crumble around her takes matters into her own hands & kills her assailant, placing his body in the freezer. It’s not long before her other two assailants turn up.
The Rape/Revenge genre has long been a staple of Asian cinema, from the violent pinku movies to the Cat III movies from Hong Kong. While a lot of these movies have just been plain exploitation, some are wonderful movies like Red To Kill or Her Vengeance. Freeze Me is a movie that just fails on almost every level. The whole point of this genre of movie is that we (the audience) feel for & empathise with the victim & want to see her take her righteous & bloody revenge on these scumbags. Chihiro’s behaviour in the movie is just so ridiculous that it is truly staggering. When her first rapist arrives & forces his way into her flat, after raping her he falls asleep. Instead of calling the police, running away or even attacking him in his sleep, she simply leaves him to sleep. After which he pretty much moves in, sending her to work & waiting for the others to arrive. Finally & not before time Chihiro takes matters into her own hands & kills the rapist in the bathtub, her weapon of choice being a plastic bottle of water! With various knives in the kitchen & a variety of blunt instruments in the house she unconvincingly bludgeons him to death with a water bottle! Does this finally empower our heroine, like fuck it does. When the third & most vicious thug moves in, abuses her & again she takes ages to strike back. Chihiro’s behaviour just makes no sense at all. Director Takasii Ishii seems utterly confused on the type of movie he is making. The rape scene is handled very carefully & only briefly hinted at in flashback. After showing restraint in that area he floods the movie with endless shots of Chihiro naked (honestly she showers more in this movie than the most extreme sufferer of OCD!) It all reeks of a misjudged attempt at exploiting his lead actress. Harumi Inoue as Chihiro is one of the movies only highpoints. She really gives her all in her role & tries hard to rise above the awful script.
This almost made my Hall Of Shame. The only reason it didn’t is Harumi Inoue’s performance, the movie’s sole highpoint. Avoid this dire movie at all cost & watch something like Red To Kill instead.