The Iceman Cometh (1989) / Action-Comedy
MPAA Rated: Not rated, but probably PG-13 for violence
Running Time: 114 min.
Cast: Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung, Yuen Wah
Director: Clarence Ford
Screenplay: Johnny Mak, Stephen Shiu
Review published July 25, 1998
A Royal Guard from the Ming Dynasty is out to stop a rapist-murderer, and during their epic battle they end up frozen under the snow. Three centuries later they are thawed in modern-day Hong Kong where they continue their battle on the streets.
In many ways, ICEMAN COMETH is the Hong Kong version of HIGHLANDER, complete with a memorable fight under a large neon sign. Biao and Cheung are a joy to watch, and most of the enjoyment of the film comes not from the fight scenes, but from Biao's misunderstanding of the modern world. That's not to say the fighting isn't spectacular, it is, with especially great stunts and set pieces. A delightful comedy-action flick that transcends it's overblown plot to ultimately provide some quality entertainment.
©1998 Vince Leo