Ji dong ji xia (The Iceman Cometh) (1989)





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Imperial guard Ah Ching (Yuen Biao) vows to avenge a princess after sadistic soldier Fung San (Yuen Wah) rapes and murders her. A swordfight sends the adversaries over a cliff and into a glacier, where they're frozen in conflict for 300 years. But when the ice melts, the warriors remain at odds in modern-day Hong Kong. Now, Ah Ching must save a street-savvy hooker (Maggie Cheung) before Fung San resumes his old ways.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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If you're looking for a Cantonese version of the renowned Eugene O'Neil play -- forget it. If you're in the unlikely mood for a Hong Kong overhaul of "Ice Man" (1984) this may be your movie. Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah are Ming Dynasty adversaries who are frozen, discovered 300 years later, and accidentally thawed where the battle rages on in modern day Hong Kong. The fish-out-of-water narrative is, not the least bit surprising, given a crude spin by director Clarence Ford who would go on to make a recognizable name for himself selling schlock by the frame ("Dragon from Russia," "Naked Killer," "Warriors: Black Panther"). Maggie Cheung Man-yuk is an oft-harassed prostitute, belligerent beyond reproach, who takes Yuen Biao under her wing and turns him into her personal whipping boy. Most audiences will love the finale's whimsical use of both ancient and contemporary weaponry but for a film starring Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah director Clarence Ford is far more interested in low brow humor than he is utilizing the leads' collective talents.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig

This is a superb movie of the hero Yuen Biao who transports to the present from past and bring the renegade swordsman to justice.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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Yuen Biao is so funny! Maggie Cheung is great! You gotta see this martial arts film! A ancient Chinese warrior gets unfrozen after an Archelogical digging.

Eunice Madera
Eunice Madera

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