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

 -  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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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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ISK 130,000,000 (estimated)

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$337,560 (USA)
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Krummi Svaf I Klettagjá
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Performed by Björgvin Ásgeirsson & Hálfdán Theodórsson
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Quirky but not sickening!
10 January 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Cold fever is a very deceptive movie. Not much happens, and what does happens slowly, but it stays with you. Days later I found my mind wandering back to the many characters that go out of their way to assist the hapless Hirata. I've heard that Icelanders really are that helpful, no doubt because the argumentative ones didn't last long in a landscape as hospitable as the surface of Mars. The plot is simple: Hirata travels to the furthermost reaches of Iceland to perform a ceremony honoring his parents, who died in this most improbable location. Basically, if you find this stark implausibility charming instead of annoying, you'll like Cold Fever. It manages to pull off the staggeringly difficult task of being whimsical without being sappy. I love how Hirata is constantly reassured that everyone speaks English but almost nobody does. When he meets new characters on his journey you perk up out of interest because most of them are genuinely interesting. If they're not, well, at least they're dispatched quickly. If a character sticks around for longer than you might like, relax - just enjoy the scenery in the meantime (I suspect the Icelandic Tourism Board had a hand in the script). Definitely worth a look, if only for the unique landscapes.


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