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Cold Fever (1996)

Cold Fever (1996)

Cold Fever




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All poor Atsushi Hirata really wants is to leave the cold Japanese winter and take a week's vacation in warm Hawaii. Unfortunately, he ends up forced to honor tradition and travel to even more frigid Iceland to pay tribute to his late parents who died there seven years before. This internationally produced very funny road movie chronicles his many misadventures that begin when he disembarks from his plane in the midst of a blizzard and ends up boarding the wrong bus. The bus takes him to some popular hot springs and he must take a taxi back to Reykjavik. He doesn't make it back, because the driver needed to stop in his hometown and participate in a nativity pageant. This forces poor Hirata to bum a ride on a truck. During the journey, he meets a broad assortment of eccentric and bizarre characters ranging from a woman with a thing about photographing funerals, an aspiring Bonnie and Clyde, and a band of Icelandic cowboys.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Jim Stark
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 1997
Icicle Films


Seijun Suzuki
as Hirata's Grandfather
Katrin Olafsdottir
as Psychic Girl
Masayuki Sasaki
as Higashino
Taizou Mizumura
as Hirata's Father
Ichiko Takashi
as Hirata's Mother
Taeko Kate
as Girl in TV Show
Toshimori Iwaki
as TV Show Commentator
Ari Mathiasson
as Bus Guide
Magnus Olafsson
as Taxi Driver
Rurik Haraldsson
as Grave Digger
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Critic Reviews for Cold Fever

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | April 10, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Cold Fever

Japanese businessman reluctantly travels through wintery Iceland to perform burial ceremony for dead parents. Its a good premise - road rip with extra Icelandic-Japanese culture clash- the scenery is stunning, the lead actor plays a nice mixture of confusion and adaption, and there's a cameo by Seijun Suzuki as the wise old grandfather. Downsides are too many quirky characters popping up along the way, each out-quirking the previous, and too many repetitions of the music & funeral motifs, just in case you missed them the first half a dozen times.
The scenery is stunning though.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

One of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. The scenery in Iceland is stunning; I've wanted to travel there ever since. The story is very moving too.

Ardith E

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