Theatrical poster for Freeze Me (2000)
|Directed by||Takashi Ishii|
|Written by||Takashi Ishii|
|Music by||Goro Yasukawa|
Freeze Me (フリーズ・ミー Furiizu Mii), or Freezer, is a 2000 Japanese film by director Takashi Ishii. This film stars Harumi Inoue as Chihiro, a rape victim who tries to live a normal life, only to be visited several years later by her three rapists in her apartment and raped again before she kills them.
One February night in a small town north of Tokyo, school girl Chihiro Yamazaki was brutally raped at home by her childhood friend Noboru and his two friends Minoru Baba and Atsushi Kojima, who even recorded their misdeed on film. Traumatized, she left for Tokyo, where she managed to bring her life back on track and even got herself a boyfriend. However, five years later, Chihiro is horrified to meet Noboru, who has tracked her down. She tries to flee into her apartment, but Noboru catches up with her, brazenly lodges himself in her apartment and prepares to rape her again. Chihiro manages to lock herself into the bathroom, but then Noboru begins to put pictures of Chihiro's previous rape into her neighbors' mail slots, forcing her to give in to his sadistic whims. He also summons Baba and Kojima to join him at Chihiro's place.
Noboru soon begins to barge into every aspect of Chihiro's life, and by introducing himself as her new boyfriend, he purposefully isolates her from her friends. Chihiro's desperate mind quickly turns to murder, and one day, as Noboru takes a bath, she slays him by bashing his head in with a water bottle and hides the body in her freezer. However, right afterwards the next of her old tormentors, Kojima, arrives. Initially he apologizes to Chihiro for his misdeed, but drunk and frustrated with his life, he eventually also begins to lust after her. As he prepares to get himself a beer from the freezer, he finds Noboru's body stuffed inside and is thereupon killed by Chihiro. Developing a sick fascination for frozen corpses, she purchases another freezer and hides Kojima's body inside.
After leaving a message for her boyfriend Nogami, telling him all what happened to her five years ago, Chihiro packs up and moves away. However, the last of her tormentors, Baba, finds her but is not aware that she killed his friends. He also rapes Chihiro, but as he plays video games afterwards, Chihiro slays him and stuffs his body into her freezer; however, a power outage in her apartment disables the refrigeration systems, gradually unthawing the bodies and leaving them to rot in the summer heat. Driven delirious by a fever, Chihiro decides to flee to Europe when she is suddenly visited by Nogami, who has missed her. After spending a night together, Nogami notices the smell of decay and finds the bodies in the freezers. Chihiro instinctively kills him as well, but after coming to her senses, and with her life now thoroughly in shambles, she throws herself off her balcony.
- Harumi Inoue as Chihiro Yamazaki
- Kazuki Kitamura as Noboru Hirokawa, Chihiro's former childhood friend and one of the rapists
- Naoto Takenaka as Minoru Baba, a yakuza and one of the rapists
- Shingo Tsurumi as Atsushi Kojima, a yakuza and one of the rapists
- Shunsuke Matsuoka as Yûsuke Nogami, Chihiro's colleague and boyfriend
- Alexander, James R. "The Maturity of a Film Genre in an Era of Relaxing Standards of Obscenity: Takashi Ishii's Freezer as a Rape-Revenge Film" Accessed October 6, 2007
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