Mike D'Angelo
June 13, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cold Fever

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Or, Much Ado About Tundra. A fitfully amusing fish-out-of-water comedy, Cold Fever coasts pleasantly on the bemused expressions and body language of Masatoshi Nagase (who was previously seen in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train) and some breathtaking Icelandic locations (less breathtaking, unfortunately, on the pan-and-scan cassette than in anamorphic wide-screen). Nagase plays a Japanese businessman who cancels a Hawaiian vacation so he can perform a ceremonial rite at the spot where his parents were killed seven years earlier, which happens to be in the middle of freezing nowhere. His adventure becomes a bit repetitive — with one self-contained wacky incident after another — but the wordless conclusion is as moving as the landscape is forbidding. B-

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