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The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh
Actors: Biao Yuen, Maggie Cheung, Wah Yuen, Sarah Lee (III), Alvina Kong
Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-leung
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Military & War
UR     1999     1hr 54min

A French movie magazine described this 1989 action fantasy as "Un remake idiot de 'Highlander.'" If only. It's actually one of those rock-bottom Hong Kong films in which the only good sequences are the fights--so good, in ...  more »


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Actors: Biao Yuen, Maggie Cheung, Wah Yuen, Sarah Lee (III), Alvina Kong
Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-leung
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Military & War
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/27/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1989
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai

Movie Reviews

It was awesome when I first saw it...
Alfred Tam | Staten Island, New York USA | 01/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When I was just a wee lad, I saw Iceman Cometh in a dodgy little theater and it became one of my favorite films. It had it all, sword fights, fisticuffs, time travel, magic etc. Twelve years later, I didn't find it quite as charming. There are things that still hold up very well. The fight scenes are well coreographed and showcase Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah's martial arts prowess. In addition much of the camera work with its beautiful tracking shots still look fresh and exciting.But of course there are things that did not stand the test of time. Although you can't fault fashion too much, the ultra-hip, tight-rolled-up-jeans, neon-lit, late-80's look really dates the film. Also, the quirky story wich I once found so profound, made me cringe for the most part.If you have never seen this film before, you might enjoy it. But if you're like me, seeing this film again after many years, you'll still enjoy it, but you're left a bit disappointed. Oh well, chalk up another one to rose tinted glasses."
A smart rehash of " Time After Time " .
CHLOE HUANG | TAIPEI Taiwan | 12/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though the plot is not original enough, still has some fresh elements, very Chinese style. My English is poor, can't tell the story well, 1st reviewer did a great job helps a lot. Fung San was Chinese version of " Jack the Ripper " travel through time to present Hong Kong. ( Well, not actually " Time Travel " but frozen over three hundred years and resurrect, still young and alive.) Our hero took on the mission to chase after the rapist. Ching encounters with the streetsmart hooker Maggie, She uses him as a servant / bodyguard and drag him into her deceiving world. Due to Ching's higher moral standard, he has a hardship to fit in ( fallen ) modern society, and split with Maggie when he find out her tricks. The whole process how he fells for this feisty, vigorous not-so-decent lady, has a struggle against his will, all the laughter came from. Fung San go with the flow easily, still a villain/ robber/ murderer and about to strike again, living on the verge of dark society, Maggie became San's prey accidentally. The rescue leads to the final showdown between Ching and San, Maggie was took as a hostage, Ching must prove his love for her, to save her life, and will he sacrifice for her? Basically the storyline is the martial arts version of " Time After Time ", more hilarious, action packed, and shows off both Yuen's solid stunts, I mean " real stunts " especially rare to find in recent years H. K. films. Unlike Jackie Chan, How to describe Yuen Biao's characteristics ? His small figure make him " as light as a swallow " looks as if he can leap so high and flying without a wire. Besides, he can act in this one."
Very Cool
morgoth | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. I found it very funny and the action sequences was amazing. I also liked the love story between Yuen Biao and Maggie Cheung's characters."
Not the best story
morgoth | omaha, NE | 04/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"but expect to laugh your ass off and wonder about 20 times how yuen biao or wah did that insane stunt.
Now the movie starts right off showing yuen wah looking the coolest he ever has, him and yuen biao are fighting in the 1680 or so and fall off a cliff and are frozen. They are discovered of course and scientists hatch a stupid plot to thaw them out and have alive so they can talk to them or something. So of course they get thawed out like accidentally and wwe are off. Wah's character is your standard no plot, just kind of picks things up as he walks the city, doesn't explain nothing, but he can drive and do everything else really easily. So now they just kind of continue their war 300 years in the future from the ming dynasty. The fights were excellent in this movie, don't expect chop socky, but bad special effects mixed in with really good fights, just not one after another. The thing thta really saves this movie is the screen presence of yuen biao, this is my favorite character he has played, he is soooo funny. Him and maggie cheung are awesome together. This movie is a must see for any hong kong film fan.

Dvd features include nothing but 5.1 sound is pretty good. Also good picture quality, very good. But beware my ex[pectations are always low for kung fu. But it is a pretty good tai seng picture."