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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…
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…
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…
A lot of South Korean films have the tendency to take graphic content to a more extreme level than most other countries are willing to, especially in its depiction of violence and The Man From Nowhere is one of those films. The story follows a mysterious loner, Cha Tae-sik, who runs a pawnshop and whose only friend is a young girl who happens to be his neighbor as well as the daughter of a stripper that is in way over her head with dangerous gangsters. When the young girl is kidnapped by said criminals, Cha Tae-sik, whose mysterious past makes him very proficient in the art of killing, must do everything in his power to save her.
I will admit…
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…
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I need time to take in what I've seen - A review to follow soon!
I didn't want to rush in and just write about this film, I was on an emotional high from it, I just wanted to let my thoughts and feelings even out.
First - I'd like to thank Julie and Mr. Dulac for highly recommending this film.
Second - I'm still shocked that I've managed to miss this film, considering I thought I kept in tune with the Eastern films. But no, this one had slipped by!
The film simply blew me away, from start to finish! It had everything I've come to expect and love from a Korean (South) film. From the action to the…
A little bit agitative. This kind of films are felt like they are saying:
' Idiot idiot I will be cried to you. Let be free yourself. You are crying now. HA HA!! '
But I handled this. I didn't cry. I won't cry.
I am not an idiot you IDIOT. HA HA to you!
Damn son, those hand-to-hand fight sequences are top notch.
Although, The Man from Nowhere doesn't really provide anything more than what we've already seen in the large crop of Korean revenge flicks in terms of its story, the action choreography is its saving grace that sets it apart from others.
Sweet, sweet revenge.
A man seeks to recover a little girl living next door to him, who has been kidnapped by drug lords.
Let’s get the bad out of the way first; this is a cliched, over-emotional story. At some points it takes itself so seriously you almost want to laugh out loud. The plot is disturbing in a way, but you can almost feel the screenwriters desperately trying to come up with the most messed up scenario possible.
That said, when it’s not trying too hard, The Man From Nowhere is an absolute masterpiece. The action is slick & restrained but you still feel every blow. Lee makes it look easy but the level of expertise required to pull off a film like…
Blind bought this on Amazon for $8 a while ago. Just watched it tonight and was really impressed. This is the second Korean film from 2010 that I've watched recently; the other being I Saw the Devil. I liked both of them quite a lot.
I don't always right a review but when I do? It's because it's a masterpiece that needs to be praised. A beautiful crafted film with plenty of action and well acted, with alot of heart. I'm not gonna lie, that ending made a tear dispense out my eye, it was touching, heartfelt, with a knife fight that was well choreographeducated, but yes, it was kinda of a short scene nonetheless it was an amazing film long time in waiting to be seen.
Well above average hitman redemption flick. A little less grizzled than the usual protagonist for this sort of thing, but pretty convincing as someone not to mess with. Oddly reminiscent of the Denzel version of Man on Fire, in a good way.
Suspense filled mob/revenge thriller. A plot you can easily become emotionally invested in.
One of the best revenge flicks I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
"The ones that live for tomorrow, get fucked by the ones living for today."
This action thriller from South Korea made me tear up twice, and that's a combination that doesn't happen often. It has style, and well-done action, but puts the characters and the story first, effectively hitting you right in the heart on a few occasions.
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