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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Fantastic action sequences , emotional scenes , characters you care about and extremely well shot.
What a masterpiece.
Solid action movie with that distinct south-korean revenge flavour. Does not get too relentless and brooding, might be a good introduction to the regions crime films. More seasoned filmgoers, who are already accustomed to getting their feelings stomped on, should probably look elsewhere.
Sometimes, adhering to a classic formula with enough passion is enough to make a film stand out.
Even for a person with taste for cheese and melodrama this goes way off the deep end with them. The choreography is brilliant though.
Absolutely in love with this movie.
It's foolish to try to blame Korean thrillers for not being technically stunning and amazingly choreographed. It's like Korean film industry is Hollywood done right. Even though you know what to expect and many times exactly what is behind the corner, the ride isn't less exciting. I could never imagine a Hollywood film which could challenge Korean gems like I Saw the Devil and this, The Man From Nowhere in viciousness of action scenes. Perhaps it's physical but well, here we are and it seems that here we stay.
We all fear of being left alone. The Man From Nowhere takes the concept and turns into ride after which we definitely don't want to end up being alone. It's crushing…
Another thriller is one is more action based. The lead in this film utters very few words throughout the whole film, and his name is revealed very late. I love a hero like this, but usually these character types tend to not make a big progression throughout but in this film he really changes through the film. He starts cold towards everyone and not wishing to get to know anyone and he love for the neighbor girl grows with his will to protect her. The fighting in this film was excellent and the story was good.
Low on sadism, high on melodrama and solid in the action department but ultimately just a bit too predictable.
A good friend of mine recommended this to me after I saw the The Raid 2. Tell you what, he's on to something. I haven't watched many foreign films and this sort of action is growing on me very quickly. It reminds of a lot of old action movies that I grew up with - they are able to get away with more because it hasn't been Hollywood'd, at least in my eyes anyway.
This movie is a bit graphic but it isn't for violence's sake. As the movie progresses, you learn about his past and start to understand the attachment he has to this seemingly random girl. The depiction of him slowly becoming overtaken by rage was very well…
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