My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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…
It was only ever gonna be as good as its fight scenes. Which are really enjoyable. Other than that its a standard movie.
This film is fearless. Never slowing down and always keeping you at the edge of your seat, The Man from Nowhere is a consistent smart action revenge story that doesn't skimp on the brutality. This is Korean Jason Bourne with more blood, more purpose, more feels, and a final action sequence you can't help but revisit. Not only is the action beautiful it is also smart. Some of the improved ideas at the end are just so well crafted that it will leave you stunned, demanding well deserved awe.
One of the best thriller I have ever seen that not very many people in America have really seen. The Man from Nowhere had the best of action and just the right amount of drama and emotion. Amazing action scenes and fantastic cinematography. Another great gem to come out of South Korea.
The basic story here is not exactly new, a mysterious loner gets dragged into a one man war against a criminal organization after they wrong him in some way, but it's so well done that I can't hold that against it in any way. The action is fun to watch and brutal, the characters are all fleshed out and well acted, and it's a pleasure to look at as well. In fact, I might've given it five stars if it were not for a slight misstep at the very end of the movie, with one of the most melodramatic freeze frame endings I've seen that felt totally out of place in this otherwise grounded thriller. I remember the rest of it more than fondly though.
I've rewatched this movie over 5 times. In my opinion Korean directors are the best in action/crime/thrillers and The Man from Nowhere proves it. Won Bin's excellent acting takes the film in another level.
A surprisingly good solid action thriller
This film really touched me.The relationshiptionship between Bin Won's character "Mister" and So-Mi, the little girl that he befriends ,even though he trys to ignore her was so sweet because he has closed himself off from the world since his pregnant wife was killed in an accident.
When Soo-Mi and her mother are kidnapped due to the mothers shady drug dealings, the love of this child completely transformes him physically and mentally and he go on a killing rampage in order to find her.
The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and graphically violent.There's a knife fight in particular that is amazing.
If there ever was a true action film geared towards women it would be this one as Bin Won is gorgeous and there is a chick flick element built in amongst all the murder and mayhem. You will need tissues for the end of this film.Not to imply it has an unhappy ending!
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I have only cried at a handful of movies. The ones I can remember are Air Bud, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Blue is the Warmest Color, and now The Man From Nowhere.
But I did not just cry.
I wept at two specific points and a solitary tear dripped out another time. Amazing. Crying at fictional characters makes no sense and I rarely find myself so attached and invested that I get to the point of tears. It was great. This is one of Korea's finest! It's pushed me to really get out there are see more Korean masterpieces. Mother, I Saw the Devil, and A Tale of Two Sisters are next up.
It was just so great. There's drama, comedy, violence, revenge, and action galore. Much love for The Man From Nowhere!
Won Bin looks like an Asian Keanu Reeves in this movie.
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