AKA: Furîzu mî
Directed by: Takashi Ishii
Starring: Harumi Inoue (Chihiro), Shunsuke Matsuoka (Nogami), Kazuki Kitamura (Hirokawa), Naoto Takenaka (Baba), Shingo Tsurumi (Kojima)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Japanese; Effed Up Japanese Movies
Plot – Massive Spoilers:
Chihiro works in Tokyo and is excited to be marrying her boyfriend soon. But she has elaborate locks in her apartment that she doesn’t forget to use, even when she’s piss drunk. This obsession with staying safe goes back five years, when she was raped by her childhood friend and his buddies in their hometown. She carries the memories as a personal shame, hidden away from all, including mother and boyfriend.
But now one of her rapists has turned up in Tokyo. A lout with no remorse, who swaggers around her place naked, legs spread like he has a canon between them, that he may use on her, at the moment and position of his choosing. He even lands up at her workplace creating a scene that sees her lose her job, while he waits for his buddies to join him, this time for a foursome.
And so she clunks him on his head with a cold 2-liter bottle of water. And stores him in her freezer.
In some ways, cold-storing her rapists may be symbolic of Chihiro’s unwillingness to let go of her trauma when no one seems able to help. Or perhaps, she couldn’t have been bothered to break head on effective ways to dispose of a body.