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The Iceman Cometh (1989 film)

The Iceman Cometh
File:The Iceman Cometh FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by

Clarence Fok

Yuen Biao- (action)
Produced by Raymond Chow
Johnny Mak
Stephen Siu
Written by Johnny Mak
Stephen Siu
Starring Yuen Biao
Maggie Cheung
Yuen Wah
Tai Po
Elvis Tsui
Corey Yuen
Stanley Fung
Cinematography Hang-Sang Poon
Editing by Hung Poon
Distributed by Hong Kong Legends UK
Tai Seng Video MarketingUSA
Release date(s)
Running time 114 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

The Iceman Cometh (traditional Chinese: 急凍奇俠; simplified Chinese: 急冻奇侠) is a 1989 Hong Kong action film directed by Clarence Fok starring Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung and Yuen Wah. Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah (alongside their opera school brother Yuen Tak) also served as action choreographers on the film. It was produced by Golden Harvest and Johnny Mak. Similar to Highlander the film combines elements of sci-fi and historical fantasy with a contemporary setting and action. The film was nominated for three Hong Kong Film Awards in 1990.[1]

A royal guard from the Ming Dynasty and the criminal he chases are frozen in ice during a fight. They are discovered in the 1980s and are transported to Hong Kong as historical artifacts. There they are defrosted and continue their rivalry.

The film is not related to the Eugene O'Neill play.



The film's opening fight scene was filmed on location in Korea. This part of the shoot was troubled by snowstorms. Due to this extreme weather some members of the crew suffered from frostbite while filming.[2] The climatic fight scene took a month to shoot.[3]


The film was a modest hit grossing HK$14 million at the Hong Kong box office.[4] The film appears in Jonathan Rosenbaum's 1,000 favourite films list.[5] He praises Maggie Cheung's comedic performance in particular.[6]


The film was nominated for the following awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards:

  • Best Action Choreography
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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