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 … 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



as Hirata's Grandfather

as Psychic Girl

as Higashino

as Hirata's Father

as Hirata's Mother

as Girl in TV Show

as TV Show Commentator

as Bus Guide

as Taxi Driver

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… | 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

This is a very quirky film, a word I hate to use but it seems truly apt in describing this movie. I liked it very much, it?s quite beautiful at times and there certainly isn't another film like it!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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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