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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 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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Release Date:

5 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Fever See more »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in I Am Curious, Film (1995) See more »

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Higher and Higher
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Points to the intertextuality of Icelandic and Japanese film elements
28 March 2007 | by scf-8See all my reviews

I saw Cold Fever when it was first released in the U.S. and have been (unsuccessfully so far) looking for it for about 5 years to see it again.

Some of the other comments have pointed to the way the Japanese and Icelandic elements--of folklore and spirituality, principally--weave together. I have always thought it was a beautiful homage to Kurosawa and perhaps other Japanese filmmakers, not just in the plot (which others have correctly seen as a "road movie") but in the whole pacing and look of the film--the colors, the composition of scenes, the attention to the characters. It's really too bad more people haven't seen it.

Hirata's enlightenment through his contacts with other characters who may be real, delusional (he is, in fact, fevered), or actual ghosts or spirits is compelling and thought-provoking for the viewer, who must also question what is "real," as well as what it means.


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