Cold Fever (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Cold Fever (1996)



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All poor Atsushi Hirata really wants is to leave the cold Japanese winter and take a week's vacation in warm Hawaii. Unfortunately, he ends up forced to honor tradition and travel to even more frigid Iceland to pay tribute to his late parents who died there seven years before. This internationally produced very funny road movie chronicles his many misadventures that begin when he disembarks from his plane in the midst of a blizzard and ends up boarding the wrong bus. The bus takes him to some popular hot springs and he must take a taxi back to Reykjavik. He doesn't make it back, because the driver needed to stop in his hometown and participate in a nativity pageant. This forces poor Hirata to bum a ride on a truck. During the journey, he meets a broad assortment of eccentric and bizarre characters ranging from a woman with a thing about photographing funerals, an aspiring Bonnie and Clyde, and a band of Icelandic cowboys.


Seijun Suzuki
as Hirata's Grandfather
Katrin Olafsdottir
as Psychic Girl
Masayuki Sasaki
as Higashino
Taizou Mizumura
as Hirata's Father
Ichiko Takashi
as Hirata's Mother
Taeko Kate
as Girl in TV Show
Toshimori Iwaki
as TV Show Commentator
Ari Mathiasson
as Bus Guide
Magnus Olafsson
as Taxi Driver
Rurik Haraldsson
as Grave Digger
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Critic Reviews for Cold Fever

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

If Cold Fever takes too long to come into focus to be fully satisfying, it nonetheless has an undeniably endearing quality. It also looks great and has a driving, eclectic music track.

January 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Strange, often funny, and occasionally beautiful.

January 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Like Iceland itself, Cold Fever may seem a trip most audiences initially will reject -- as too distant, too strange, too icebound. They're wrong. Once seen, this cold, feverish wonderland is never forgotten.

January 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4

The film has an engagingly hip sensibility that never descends into snobbery and an underlying seriousness that lends a touch of poetry to the self-consciously bizarre proceedings.

January 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An out-there, sometimes wacky, often mystical road movie about a lone Japanese journeyingacross Iceland to perform a family ritual.

April 10, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A one-off that lodges in the memory.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cold Fever

Japanese businessman reluctantly travels through wintery Iceland to perform burial ceremony for dead parents. Its a good premise - road rip with extra Icelandic-Japanese culture clash- the scenery is stunning, the lead actor plays a nice mixture of confusion and adaption, and there's a cameo by Seijun Suzuki as the wise old grandfather. Downsides are too many quirky characters popping up along the way, each out-quirking the previous, and too many repetitions of the music & funeral motifs, just in case you missed them the first half a dozen times. The scenery is stunning though.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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