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This review is from: Freezer [DVD]  (DVD)
The Freezer or "Freeze Me" is some what of a curious film. Given to us by Takashi Ishii, who is the man behind the Gonin and Black Angel films, Ishii one again explores the distressing experience of rape.
Our female protagonist in this picture is Chirhiro, a women pushed to her emotional and mental limit. However when memories of being raped by three men are dug up when their sudden and somewhat alarming presence becomes a nightmare of the deepest pain.
Here is were I have some problems with the character Chirhiro. While she is obviously alarmed at the arrival of these men, literally one by one, I feel that she does not fully make the attempt to escape her attackers. I will not dwell on this subject as many explanations could be given. Perhaps revenge is and always has been at the back of her mind.
I found the most disturbing point about this film is the use of certain camera angles and movements that drag you into the harsh and darkest moments making you feel like you are actually there. The use of looking though the lens of a camcorder or TV screen is also used effectively. Ultimately it is the film ending that seems to shed the most light on Chirhiro.
I always hate it when a review tells you everything that goes on in a film so I wont tell you why for example it is called "freezer" though I'm sure you can guess.
The DVD is lacking in extra features. Filmographies and film notes by Justin Bowyer are the only ones included. The print has occasional blemishes but nothing really to worry about and is overall good. The film gets four but because of the package it only gets a three.
Recommended to all Japanese film fans especially those of Takashi Ishii.