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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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Hirata
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Jill
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Jack
Gísli Halldórsson ...
Siggi
Laura Hughes ...
Laura
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Hirata's Grandfather
Hiromasa Shimada ...
Suzuki
Masayuki Sasaki ...
Higashino
Taizô Mizumura ...
Hirata's father
Ichiko Takashi ...
Hirata's mother
Taeko Kato ...
Girl in TV show
Toshimori Iwaki ...
TV show commentator
Ari Matthíasson ...
Bus guide
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Taxi driver
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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ISK 130,000,000 (estimated)

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$337,560 (USA)
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Much more than a tourist advertisement
21 November 2004 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is indeed a beautiful film showing Iceland's many attractions as the previous reviewer mentioned, but it also draws very interesting parallels between the native beliefs of Icelanders, which in fact are quite similar to what prevailed across Europe before Christianity came(Iceland was settled by Vikings and was among the last places Europeans held to their pagan religion), and the Shinto practices in Japan. One accompanies the main character, a shallow, immature corporate executive from his comfortable Tokyo life to Iceland: where layer by layer he is stripped of comfort, certainty, even rationality, until he is brought to a place where he realizes a simple and profound humanity.

This film is funny, the cinematography is amazing, and it is spiritually enriching. How many films can you say all that about?


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