I'm in love with Korean cinema, especially "the new wave" of films starting at the turn of the millennium. These…
The Man from Nowhere
Nothing to lose, nothing to compromise.
His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named Somi, a little girl next door. As Taesik spends more and more time with Somi, he gets attached to her. Then Somi is kidnapped by a gang, and as Taesik tries to save Somi by becoming deeply associated with the gang his mysterious past is revealed...
An absolute stunner from start to finish, The Man from Nowhere tells the story of an anti-social & reclusive pawn-shop operator Cha Tae-sik whose only connection to the outside world is a little girl living next-door to him. The girl's mother is a drug addict who is later kidnapped along with her daughter by the gang she used to steal drugs from. Tae-sik is unwillingly brought into this but after finding out that the little girl's life is in danger, goes on a killing rampage to save her before it's too late.
Although the first few minutes takes its time in setting up its characters & atmosphere but once all the groundwork is laid, not a moment is wasted afterwards as the…
Film #1 - *Part of the 30 Days / 30 Countries Letterboxd Challenge for May 2014: South Korea*
Bin Won is perfectly suited for the role as Cha Tae-sik, a former military operative turned pawnshop operator, who rarely speaks and keeps to himself. His little next-door neighbour Jeong So-mi (Sae-ron Kim) visits him often and stays at his place, a shelter away from her drug-addicted mother Hyo-jeong (Hyo-seo Kim). When Hyo-jeong steals heroin and secretly stashes it away at Cha Tae-sik's pawnshop, the gang of drug traffickers find the bag and kidnaps both the mother and daughter. It is up to Cha Tae-sik to save them.
Right away, this sounds like that awful Liam Neeson film Taken, and there's been…
This film is a masterpiece in the revenge genre if you ask me. Anytime a film can evoke raw emotion in me I'll probably love it, and that is surely the case here. It's a revenge film so you get some of the typical elements within that type of film, but the filmmakers do such a great job of getting you invested in the characters you come to care deeply for them. The action sequences which are not as frequent in this film as a lot of other revenge flicks are absolutely brilliant. The acting is all spot on, especially Bin Won and Sae-ron Kim who is amazing considering her young age.
The thing that sent this film over the…
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
It does not happen often that when I watch a film that follows all the genre tropes diligently and does just about everything I've already seen before, it still manages to reach the level that this film does. This film succeeds in that because of one simple thing that is difficult to achieve in this genre: emotional involvement.
The idea of the mysterious stranger as a hero has been done to death before and here it is no different. Heck, his backstory is as predictable as it is melodramatic. But I simply could not care less. The way he is portrayed and the way the…
The Man From Nowhere continues the trend of high caliber revenge flicks from South Korea. Where Oldboy socks you with big twists, and I Saw the Devil sucker punches you with gut wrenching violence, The Man From Nowhere hits you in another spot that is ripe for the picking.
As the mans past is slowly revealed, we learn that his friendship for his little neighbor goes a lot deeper than just a friendly bond. This man tragically lost his wife and unborn child and its pretty much wrecked him mentally. He is still in tip top shape physically however, because soon the little girl is in danger and he is the only one that can save her. Watch…
No one can do revenge thrillers like the South Koreans! They nail it everytime and they most certainly respect the genre!
This time around 'The Man from Nowhere' packs a brutal punch in the form of violence and heartache lead by the talent of Won Bin.
The absolute standout was the final act. The bathhouse scene alone was worth the price of admission.
10/10: What happens when you combine Donnie Yen's SPL (2005), Bourne (2002) and Luc Besson/Liam Nesson's Taken (2008)? You get this beautiful yet brutal violent action thriller. Watch this before it is cannibalized by Hollywood! Overnight it has become one of my all-time favorite movies!
Such an awesome film! So graphically violent though. But really good and quite informative, I learnt a lot about the violent crime of organ trading in Korea that I originally had no idea even existed.
Highly enjoyable well written film. Not revolutionary but fun none the less.
Overall this film has a dark subject matter as seen in the Korean film industry in recent years. Why question it when they repeatedly break South Korean box office records with every release of a dark themed film. This particular film helps to hold true the pattern.
A young and secluded man whose closest thing to a friend is the daughter of a drug addicted neighbor. A man of demonstrated skill the main character is clued in to the audience that he is some sort of military of highly trained operative early on. Could be said that Tae-sik is a darker version of Jackie Chan's age old saying "I don't want no trabble" as he constantly does his best…
good action movie... worth watching one time..
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