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Cold Fever (1995)

Á köldum klaka (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Hirata
Lili Taylor ... Jill
Fisher Stevens ... Jack
Gísli Halldórsson Gísli Halldórsson ... Siggi
Laura Hughes Laura Hughes ... Laura
Seijun Suzuki ... Hirata's Grandfather
Hiromasa Shimada Hiromasa Shimada ... Suzuki
Masayuki Sasaki Masayuki Sasaki ... Higashino
Taizô Mizumura Taizô Mizumura ... Hirata's father
Ichiko Takashi Ichiko Takashi ... Hirata's mother
Taeko Kato Taeko Kato ... Girl in TV show
Toshimori Iwaki Toshimori Iwaki ... TV show commentator
Ari Matthíasson Ari Matthíasson ... Bus guide
Magnús Ólafsson Magnús Ólafsson ... Taxi driver
Rúrik Haraldsson 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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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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USA | Japan | Iceland | Denmark | Germany

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English | Icelandic | Japanese | German

Release Date:

5 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Fever See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Budget:

ISK 130,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$337,560
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Brúðkaupssálmur
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Arranged and performed by Hinn íslenski þursaflokkur
Courtesy of Spor hf.
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Odd and intriguing
8 July 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Masatoshi Nagase (best known for his role in Jarmusch's Mystery Train, and also the Japanese films Suicide Club, The Hidden Blade and Electric Dragon 80.000V) stars as a Japanese man whose grandfather (cult director Seijun Suzuki, who appears for a couple of minutes) insists he spend his vacation performing traditional burial rites of his parents, who died while living in Iceland. Nagase flies to Reykjavik and proceeds to drive across the country in the middle of the winter to the remote spot where they passed. Though they don't go into any details on his parents' death, Iceland seems like a very likely place to die, since it's full of dangerous, unpopulated terrain. This is basically a road movie, where Nagase meets various odd people along his way. It's maybe a bit weirder than most - I'd say it's kind of one of those weird-for-the-sake-of-weird type movies. But Fridriksson does a great job of making his home country look like a world of wonder. "Iceland is very strange country" Nagase always says when someone asks him what he thinks of it, in English of course, since it's the common language between him and most Icelanders (I'd say about 80% of the dialogue is in English). The film doesn't really go anywhere plot-wise, and some of the episodes are more successful than others. The most notable flop is the long sequence where Nagase picks up a couple of stranded American tourists, Fisher Stevens and Lili Taylor. Those two are painfully annoying, especially when they talk to each other via their sock puppets. That's really some needless quirk. Overall, though, I was intrigued.


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