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Cold Fever (1995)
"Á köldum klaka" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  5 April 1996 (USA)
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A Japanese businessman travels to Iceland and has a series of misadventures while venturing to a remote area to perform a traditional burial ritual where his parents died several years back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Hirata
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Jill
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Jack
Gísli Halldórsson ...
Siggi
Laura Hughes ...
Laura
Seijun Suzuki ...
Hirata's Grandfather
Hiromasa Shimada ...
Suzuki
Masayuki Sasaki ...
Higashino
Taizô Mizumura ...
Hirata's father
Ichiko Takashi ...
Hirata's mother
Taeko Kato ...
Girl in TV show
Toshimori Iwaki ...
TV show commentator
Ari Matthíasson ...
Bus guide
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Taxi driver
Rúrik Haraldsson ...
Grave digger
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Storyline

Hirata finds himself canceling his vacation plans to Hawaii when his grandfather reminds him of his duty to his parents. Seven years earlier, Hirata's parents had been killed in an accident in Iceland and Japanese tradition holds that their souls will not be at ease until the proper ceremonies have been performed. Thus, Hirata sets out on a journey, a quest to the river where his parents perished. Along the way, in this Icelandic-Japanese road movie, he encounters many difficulties, tough situations, and odd people in the land of fire and ice. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's vision infuses Iceland's stark and beautiful landscape with a haunting spirituality. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Cold Fever  »

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Budget:

ISK 130,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$337,560 (USA)
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Kvöldið er fagurt
Traditional / Ingólfur Þorsteinsson
Performed by Björgvin Ásgeirsson & Hálfdán Theodórsson
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Film stuck in my head for last 5 years
13 February 2006 | by (Bethlehem, PA) – See all my reviews

Something about this film has kept me thinking about it since I saw it in 2001. I had the fortunate opportunity to see it because, at that time, Des Moines (Iowa) had one of the best indie-movie rental places (Oddities), ever. Oddities just stocked walls of foreign films and rows of independent films.

Cold fever had the intriguing elements of a young Japenese businessman reluctantly, and by family obligation, traveling around Iceland. That was enough for us to want to check it out.

The story is tremendous. I love the style and the performances give by the actors. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson really captures the feeling of the main character on film. It is almost haunting how Hirata operates... how he meanders through the vastness of the landscape.

Great film, great ending. I wish they would get it on DVD along with other works by the director


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