I am Sub-Zero.


—Sub-Zero to Shang Tsung, Mortal Kombat

Bi-Han, currently going by the name Sub-Zero, is a character in the 2021 Mortal Kombat film. He is portrayed by Joe Taslim.


Sub-Zero, once known as Bi-Han, is a Cryomancer in service as an assassin of the Lin Kuei clan. He serves at their command, his deadly training and cunning intelligence making him a ruthless opponent who cuts down those in his path with his ice attacks. At some point, he acted as a rival assassin to Hanzo Hasashi, "Scorpion," banishing him to the Netherrealm. Under the orders of Shang Tsung, he seeks to eliminate Cole Young before the upcoming fighter can discover his arcana and be trained in the ways of Mortal Kombat.


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Behind the scenes

  • Sub-Zero's actor, Joe Taslim, stated that he found his character's motivation during online research, discovering the phrase "No one leaves the Lin Kuei" and realizing that his character's attitude is that his actions are never personally motivated, that "It's not my fault."
  • The original design concept for Bi-Han featured long hair, which it was determined did not suit Taslim, thus resulting in the actor's hair being cut short. As Sub-Zero, he wore icy blue contact lenses.
  • Joe Taslim is himself an award-winning mixed martial artist.[1] In the HBO Max documentary "Kombat Evolution," Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid describes Joe Taslim as faster than the other cast of the film, Jax Briggs actor Mehcad Brooks continuing that he was so fast that they had to ask him to slow it down for the camera.



  1. Mortal Kombat - Official Production Notes. Pop Culture Fun (April 4, 2021). Retrieved on April 18, 2021.


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