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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…
Awesome very well directed vengeance film with dark plot twists and incredible action scenes.
This movie is one of that pearls from South Korea that are in the same time so sweet and damn painful. A particular sour blend that is typical for some asian director, such as the great Master Park Chan-Wook.
Even if at the beginning is quite boring and the plot in its self is not so original, this movie is quite engaging, thanks for its main character and his "savoir faire".
The last battle is everything!
20 Words or Less Recommendation/Review: Not a terribly absorbing or engaging film. It felt very empty despite all the action. Just there. Generic.
This was a good film, a bit similar to No Tears for the Dead, but its still worth a watch. I'm always a sucker for a movie's protag having a soft spot for kids. Great cinematography, action, etc.
The Man From Nowhere shows very little bonding between two characters and carries an overly heavy emotional tone throughout. The far-fetched plot is predictable and prefers style over substance. Bin Won's over the top action is entertaining but the character is given in to his stereotype lonely counterpart a little too soon.
The depth defunct Korean action flick misses the big shot by a large parameter. During its exile as a soul seeker, it commits a sin which the action genre has witnessed time and again. Forging another kidnap-and-revenge drama.
Well made movie , the action scenes were really awesome with a dramatic story which made sense to me . The screenplay was very good at building characters , i don't know who is this guy , but hell yeah i know that he has a tough story behind him .
At the end of the movie , i really cried , awesome ending , everything make sense , truly good experience .
Was not expecting much but i loved it, slick ,smart stylish action thriller.
This is what The Suspect should have been. It keeps it's cards to it's chest for just long enough, and by the end you're shivering in excitement.
The last action scene is amazing. Compared to the suspect they toned down the shakiness and the cuts, while still being a little less explosive and more creative. A very fine film.
A pretty violent crime thriller about a man's fight to save a child. Strangely a bit overlong, but it's not the more personal moments, but the "explaining what's happening" moments that get me feeling that way. Otherwise, Standard Thriller Rules apply (the killing spree, the Exactly Two Lady Characters, etc). Strong positive two stars.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest" (as well as some of my…