MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,523 this week

The Iceman Cometh (1989)
"Ji dong ji xia" (original title)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 575 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 22 critic

A frozen Ming Dynasty royal guard and the equally frigid rapist-killer he's tracking are thawed out in modern-day Hong Kong.

Writers:

, (as Stephen Siu)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1285 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 374 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 16 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 1080 titles
created 16 Feb 2014
 
a list of 307 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Iceman Cometh (1989)

The Iceman Cometh (1989) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Iceman Cometh.

User Polls

3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Multi-genre flick (western, martial arts, comedy, adventure, etc.) with an all-star cast about a man who returns to his home town, buys everything in sight, and tries to improve its ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Olivia Cheng
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Biao Yuen, Ka-Yan Leung, Shun-Yee Yuen
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Lo Tung and his friend Malted Candy, pedicab drivers working the streets of Macao, have both fallen in love. The problem is that both their objects of affection - one a baker, the other a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Siu Chung Mok, Hoi Mang
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Villager Bold Cheung (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo), known for his willingness to do anything courageous, bold or daring, becomes a target by the evil rich Master Tam (Huang Ha), who committed ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fat Chung, Lung Chan
Above the Law (1986)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Biao Yuen, Cynthia Rothrock, Melvin Wong
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Basically a retread of the first movie, in which the evil Tree Spirit is back with yet another ghost played by Joey Wong. The Swordsman Yen and Leslie Cheung characters are replaced by a ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui
Stars: Jacky Cheung, Yiu-Sing Cheung, Choi-Chow Hoh
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a murder case when they steal items belonging to a murdered man. The man had hidden an ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, John Sham
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Iron-Fisted Monk marks the directorial debut of Sammo Hung (Painted Faces, TVÂ's Martial Law), who used the opportunity to push the envelop in kung fu action films.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sing Chen, James Tien
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An apprentice farmer (Sammo Hung) ventures to the city and helps his family battle a gang of thugs.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Kwan Yeung, Roy Chiao
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Billy Chan, Lung Chan, Fat Chung
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Yung Chan, Tiet Wo Chu, Sheng Fu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ...
...
...
Lai-Yui Lee ...
Hooker
Elvina Kong ...
Hooker
Jing Chen ...
Arms Dealer
Elvis Tsui ...
Scientist
Po Tai ...
Pimp
Shui-Fan Fung ...
Wai Hung Liu ...
Angel
Lap-Man Tan ...
Robber
Jing Wong ...
Crane Operator
Corey Yuen ...
Bum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsan-Sang Cheung ...
Doctor
Sek-Ming Gan ...
Police sargeant
Edit

Storyline

A frozen Ming Dynasty royal guard and the equally frigid rapist-killer he's tracking are thawed out in modern-day Hong Kong.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

The Iceman Cometh  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Iceman 2 (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Action, dark aspects, good humor
23 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie, in my opinion. I like Yuan Biao's kung-fu better than Jackie Chan's and the humor in this movie is excellent. Luckily, it seems to transfer into English well, so you can have fun even with just subtitles. The movie has enough dark moments (not child-safe) to remind you what the stakes are, the love interest between Yuan Biao and Maggie Cheung is touching and poignant, and the kung-fu action is excellent.

But it is important to remember that there are certain conventions in Honk Kong action flicks. It's also important to know which kind this is: mainly fist/leg action, with a little wire-work that doesn't detract from the excellent fight choreography. Heck, there's some decent sword-work in this one, too, which is a nice bonus in my opinion.

But "Hero" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Farewell My Concubine" it is not. Don't expect a deep movie that will change your life, and you won't be disappointed. Expect a decent kung-fu movie with humorous touches and serious issues and you'll probably be satisfied.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Love it violababy
Vote... jag_hatar_grodor
someone plz explain the ending to me Vader993
Hong Kong take on Highlander? BelmontHeir
Donnie Yen remake? BelmontHeir
Discuss The Iceman Cometh (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?