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Cold Fever (1995)

Á köldum klaka (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 5 April 1996 (USA)
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
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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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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USA | Japan | Iceland | Denmark | Germany

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English | Icelandic | Japanese | German

Release Date:

5 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Iceland See more »

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Budget:

ISK 130,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$337,560
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Karma
Written and performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson (as Jóhann G. Jóhannsson)
Courtesy of Geimsteinn
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Teny Years On - The Film Still Works
24 May 2005 | by robert-642See all my reviews

Ten years later this very compact film still works its magic. Much has been said by many of the other contributors with one exception. It is not a film to be rushed. Rather you need to view at the speed the film dictates - not unlike "Paris, Texas. Like the swirling mists and snow it slowly envelops you. No frame is wasted. Even a casual remark in the aeroplane en-route to Iceland gives a link for the future.

Many different cultures have their cultural layers peeled back; American, Japanese, Icelandic and Norse mythology. It's up to the viewer to see what he or she sees.

I think the most telling scene in the film is the Icelander who befriends Hirata. Although he does not want to accompany Hirata to the ritual grave scene because of a 'spirit dream', he nonetheless is there to show him the way home. In so doing, he witnesses a universal value with Hirate - the passing of life.

There's much to be said for good small budget films. The story and direction have to be tightly constrained.


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