Cold Fever
Cold Fever (1996)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 5, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

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.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

[Cold Fever is] an undiluted pleasure, a road movie combining often surreal comedy and a wealth of gorgeous visuals, capturing Iceland at its most hauntingly ethereal.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Strange, often funny, and occasionally beautiful.

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Derek Elley

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

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Masatoshi Nagase is mesmerizing in the central role, a model of restraint even when confronted with the quirks of the characters he meets on his journey.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A one-off that lodges in the memory.

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TV Guide

Cold Fever feels like a Jim Jarmusch road movie transplanted to the frozen north.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Lesley N
Japanese businessman reluctantly travels through wintery Iceland to perform burial ceremony for dead parents. Its a good premise - road rip with extra… More