Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting rape revenge drama, 28 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Freezer [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is a film about a girl who is held captive in her own and violently raped. Rape is quite a tricky subject to handle in film but I think it was done fairly well here. The main problem is that if a film-maker shows it too explicitly they get accused of eroticising it, wheras if they don't show enough then they are often accused of glossing over it. I think the director is playing with the audience a bit; some shots of the main character are from quite a "male-gaze" perspective, yet the film seems to be very critical of pornography (the fact that Chihiro's rape was filmed, and the line pointed out in the Film Notes on the DVD for example). I think some viewers might not understand why Chihiro doesn't just go to the police in the first place or something like that, but this is because in Japan it is one of the biggest shames to have been raped. Part of the point of the film is to point out how some of the extreme aspects of reservation and conservatism lead to suffering in Japanese society.
The film is pretty scary once it gets going. There's a very strong tension held throughout. It does feel a little long though, and the ending is very japanese - i.e inconclusive. The Japanese like surreal endings which don't wrap things up neatly. Not giving anything away, it's quite arty but fairly logical. You have to fill in the blanks yourself really, but I think that's best as it leaves you thinking.
I think Freezer's a pretty good film, quite overlooked as it's far more thoughtful and intelligent than most rape-revenge drama's. I don't know whether you'd watch it twice, but it's well worth watching. Oh, and if you don't want to know too much about the plot, don't read the back of the box or watch the trailer.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

E Parry
(REAL NAME)   

Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 644,062