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The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

1989 / 114min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: CLARENCE YIU-LEUNG FOK

CAST: MAGGIE CHEUNG, YUEN BIAO, YUEN WAH

Think Rip Van Winkle as a wuxia, with more than a dash of Highlander. In the midst of a mountaintop showdown, Ming Dynasty swordsmen Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah (both criminally underrated action stars) tumble into an icy grave that, with the assistance of a little magic, puts them into a state of suspended animation. Waking up in 20th century Hong Kong would be confusing enough, but then Maggie Cheung’s hustler and con-woman shows up, brazenly exploiting the rubes and stealing every scene she’s in.