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Iceman (2014)

Gap tung kei hap (original title)
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An imperial guard and his three traitorous childhood friends ordered to hunt him down get accidentally buried and kept frozen in time. 400 years later passes and they are defrosted continuing the battle they left behind.

Director:

Wing-Cheong Law

Writers:

Fung Lam, Mark Wu
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Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Ho Ying
Baoqiang Wang ... Sao
Shengyi Huang ... May
Kang Yu Kang Yu ... San Ko
Simon Yam
Suet Lam
Singh Hartihan Bitto Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Pakistani Gangster
Mark Wu Mark Wu
Hoi-Pang Lo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Chan
Ho-Man Chan Ho-Man Chan
Siu-Wah Chan Siu-Wah Chan ... Police officer
Jacqueline Chong Jacqueline Chong ... (as Jacquelin Ch'ng)
Andrew Dasz ... Taoyuanian
Jeana Ho Jeana Ho
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During the Ming Dynasty four orphans; Ying, Sao, Yuanlong and Niehu are raised in Taoyuan Village and become close to being brothers. Their exceptional martial arts skills allows them to reach the highest rank within the imperial guards. After a successful attempt to kill a Japanese troop leader, the Emperor orders Ying to escort the Golden Wheel of Time from Sindu back to the capital, which is said to have the power of time travel and foresee into the future. From the correspondence between Japanese and Ming officials seized from the mission, Mr. Tu - the Chief of National Defence - reveals that he can identify the traitor by the handwritings. On the way of escorting the Golden Wheel of Time in the snow, Ying is surprisingly confronted by Sao, Yuanlong and Niehu. They inform Ying the news of the murder of Tu's family with Ying as the killer. The Emperor believes that Ying killed Tu in order to conceal his identity as the traitor, and orders to have Ying and his clan killed. With the ... Written by DOK

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Rated R for some violence, language and a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Lead actor and action director Donnie Yen said that a seven-minute fight scene took ten days to shoot. See more »

Connections

Followed by Iceman: The Time Traveller (2018) See more »

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Iceman Is Lukewarm At Best
24 January 2015 | by MackMonMay87See all my reviews

Donnie Yen is in my opinion the best martial arts movie-star out there right now, especially since Jackie Chan and Jet Li have slowed down and Tony Jaa is only just now getting off to a shaky start with the poorly reviewed Tom Yum Goong 2.

That being said, it's a major disappointment that Donnie Yen's latest, "Iceman", is a miss for the now middle aged (not that you can tell) martial arts master.

Iceman is directionless, confusing, poorly paced, and makes very poor use of Donnie Yen's truly impressive and astonishing martial arts skills. The script is a fish out of water/man out of his time type story, that we've seen before, with nothing new to offer. Some other reviewers have drawn comparisons between this and the Marvel Comics character Captain America, and I can assure the only similarity is that both are frozen men who wake up in different time periods. Rip Van Winkle is the same story but is that also similar?

No, Iceman is in a league of it's own poor storytelling, a remake of a previous film with the same premise from the 80's, this rehash has totally juvenile humour that always misses it's mark, a contrived love story, and a main character capable of ridiculous things with little to no explanation. Captain America is at least explained to have a DNA altering serum in his body, learning Kung Fu doesn't make you superhuman.

They don't even make good use of the fish-out-of-water story and Yen's character adjusts to modern times with ridiculous ease and little incident. Granted, some of the humor may have been lost in translation for me, however I'll say that other foreign comedies, like those of the great Stephen Chow, are always great for a laugh in my book.

Absolutely don't go into this thinking you'll see Donnie Yen kick any kind of butt in major degree, the few fight scenes this movie does have are poorly constructed, filled with bad CGI, and nothing new or close to his potential.

Iceman is like the ice-age altogether, worth avoiding.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | Hindi

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iceman See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,698, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$7,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,033,917
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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