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Iceman (2014)

Gap tung kei hap (original title)
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An imperial guard and his three traitorous childhood friends ordered to hunt him down get accidentally buried and kept frozen in time. 400 years later passes and they are defrosted continuing the battle they left behind.

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Wing-Cheong Law

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Fung Lam, Mark Wu
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Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Ho Ying
Baoqiang Wang ... Sao
Shengyi Huang ... May
Kang Yu Kang Yu ... San Ko
Simon Yam
Suet Lam
Singh Hartihan Bitto Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Pakistani Gangster
Mark Wu Mark Wu
Hoi-Pang Lo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Chan
Ho-Man Chan Ho-Man Chan
Siu Wah Chan Siu Wah Chan ... Police officer
Jacqueline Chong Jacqueline Chong ... (as Jacquelin Ch'ng)
Andrew Dasz ... Taoyuanian
Jeana Ho Jeana Ho
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During the Ming Dynasty four orphans; Ying, Sao, Yuanlong and Niehu are raised in Taoyuan Village and become close to being brothers. Their exceptional martial arts skills allows them to reach the highest rank within the imperial guards. After a successful attempt to kill a Japanese troop leader, the Emperor orders Ying to escort the Golden Wheel of Time from Sindu back to the capital, which is said to have the power of time travel and foresee into the future. From the correspondence between Japanese and Ming officials seized from the mission, Mr. Tu - the Chief of National Defence - reveals that he can identify the traitor by the handwritings. On the way of escorting the Golden Wheel of Time in the snow, Ying is surprisingly confronted by Sao, Yuanlong and Niehu. They inform Ying the news of the murder of Tu's family with Ying as the killer. The Emperor believes that Ying killed Tu in order to conceal his identity as the traitor, and orders to have Ying and his clan killed. With the ... Written by DOK

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Rated R for some violence, language and a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | Hindi

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iceman See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

HKD200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,698, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$7,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,007,679
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Originally produced at a budget of HK$100 million, the production soared up to HK$200 million due to its slow paced filming and to cover the film crew's insurance. Because the Hong Kong government did not approve the film to shoot at the Tsing Ma Bridge, an addition of HK$50 million was spent in order to build an imitation set of the Tsing Ma Bridge. See more »

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'80s fantasy action reworked as a lowbrow comedy
4 November 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ICEMAN is Donnie Yen's much-lauded remake of the Yuen Biao-starring '80s martial arts classic, THE ICEMAN COMETH. It sees Ming bodyguard Yen and a couple of his foes frozen in time and transported to the present day, where they continue their battle to the death while coming to terms with modern-day society.

I thought the original film was pretty good, with the reliable Yuen Wah as the villain and some great action, although it's not a favourite of mine. However, it's far, far better than this unfocused and messy comedy which sees Yen at his very worst. It's similar to THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE in that all of the action is augmented with endless wirework and dodgy CGI which makes for a very boring viewing experience overall. My favourite Yen films are the realistic ones like IP MAN and FLASH POINT, not the stupid CGI fantasy on offer here.

ICEMAN is overlong and overly pointless, with lots of random scenes that don't go anywhere. It's also offensive, with gross-out lowbrow comedy seemingly shoehorned in at random, and ethnic stereotypes cast throughout as the villains. Yen is on autopilot, as is Simon Yam, but the rest of the cast are plain awful. Particularly Huang Shengyi (THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE); I really can't understand how she keeps getting work as an actress.


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