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.
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…
I think korean film makers don't inhale oxygen and exhale carbon-di-oxide.They inhale anger and exhale vengeance.This is another great movie.They can do no wrong can they? Emotionally and vengefully powerful.
Vivir de prestado no es plato de gusto para nadie. Si la vida nos pega tan fuerte como para rompernos de tal manera que hace imposible reconstruirnos, aun nos queda la posibilidad de vivir a través de las deudas contraídas; ya no intentar cambiar, reparar aquello que se ha roto en nuestra existencia, sino lograr sentir lo mismo, o algo equivalente, por un emulo de aquello que hemos perdido y ya no es posible recuperar para nosotros. Cuando es imposible curar las heridas del ayer, al menos sí podemos edificar nuestro nuevo yo a partir de aquellos restos que han dejado con nosotros.
Ahí radica la única pega que se le puede poner al trabajo de Jeong-beom Lee: el subrayado emocional, la excesiva carga dramática puesta en la exposición. Por lo demás, si su nombre fuera anglosajón, ya hubiera sido aclamado como uno de los grandes del thriller de la última década.
Predictable, but a nice revenge flick. Quite a bloody knife fight. I did not like the music assignment, it often made an unnecessary cheesy tune. On the other hand the pictures were mostly strong and well composed.
Recommendation: Don't watch the English dubbed version - it was beyond all bearing!!!
After five minutes I had to switch to German, which was much better - but also just okay. Best solution is probably Korean with subtitles.
An Excellent action crime-thriller, with enough action, gore, story and emotion packed into it. It's been ages since I've seen a good action-packed thriller with no Superhero-fuss involved.'Man From Nowhere' is crafted, is what makes it so gripping and entertaining.But this movie reminds me Léon: The Professional a lot,any way its a good movie.
I'm super confused by the positive reviews of this movie. It's really boring, bloated, and meandering. The action is really bad, friends. All sorts of shitty shakycam and bad cuts. This feels like the director wanted to mimic Greengrass and Soderbergh but he doesn't have the chops to pull it off. I really wanted to like this, but man I did not. I really struggled to finish this. I skimmed the last little 30 minutes (after what felt like fucking 5 hours of random talking). The POV shots during the knife fight were at least bold; they didn't work at all, but at least the director tried something different
Omg this took me by surprise! Very good, very compelling, very touching.
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Another great Korean film!!! While yet another revenge film (and pretty bloody and over the top), it makes you really feel for the characters and their plight. What I enjoy about Korean cinema, is that they tend to end on a more bittersweet note (at least from the ones I watched so far). Instead of everyone living happily ever after just because, it's either earned, or our protagonist goes to face the brunt of his actions. Not that there is anything wrong with happy endings. it just doesn't always work that way unfortunately.
Won Bin is Cha Tae-sik, a former Special Agent who lost his wife after an assassin attempted a hit on his life. Since then, he's been living…
I'm in love with Korean cinema, especially "the new wave" of films starting at the turn of the millennium. These…
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