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…
Very good. Action, characters slayin the game.
The plot is nothing we aren't used to and even though it drags in parts, this is a lovely balance of emotion, action and gore.
The cinematography and camera work were pretty great too.
I was afraid that this would be overly sentimental, but it wasn't. There were some moment when the music was supposed to cue a tear, but for the most part it was a solid revenge flick. Nicely shot. Lots of good invention. Well worth the time. Anti-Chinese at times.
Suddenly miss the good old action!
The Man from Nowhere (alternate title This Man) - South Korean action / thriller film - written and directed by Lee Jeong-beom. Starring Won Bin as Mr., Kim Sae-ron and my favorite Thai actor Thanayong Wongtrakul as Ramrowan a ruthless side-villain. It became 2010s highest grossing film in Korea. It was shown at several film festivals including; Cleveland International Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival etc.
Kim Sae-ron is young petty-thief - she lives with her drug-addict (single) mother (an exotic-dancer at strip-club) in shabby apartment. Kim has forged friendship with handsome looking pawn-shop owner in her building whom she calls 'Mr.' - She spends night at his shop when her mother parties with…
The Man From Nowhere is a South Korean thriller about a man with a mysterious past who befriends a young girl who lives near him only to see her caught in the middle of a drug ring’s plot to smuggle organs for profit. Incensed that his one glimmer of hope in life has been kidnapped, he goes on a one man crusade to save her and bring this cartel to justice. Sound familiar? Yeah, this is basically a Korean version of the run-of-the-mill Hollywood revenge thriller, the type of thing a post-Taken Liam Neason would star in. So, yeah, it’s a dumb movie but it is made with some style. Director Lee Jeong-beom doesn’t do anything wildly outside of the…
"The Man From Nowhere" directed by Jeong-beom Lee is yet another example of how the South Korean film industry has the market cornered on revenge thrillers. Despite featuring familiar a plot and character types, both are sharper and a bit more self- indulgent than their American counterparts. There is no conflicting vision to tone down the unhinged rage and violence. The end result is unfiltered vengeance and bloodshed, and undeniably thrilling. While it may occasionally stretch it's credibility from time to time, it still boasts its share of well-timed surprises, and always walks on the side of excess.
The relationship between our protagonist Cha Tae-sik, played by Bin Won "Mother" (2009), and So-mi, played by child actress Kim Sae-ron is…
Korean revenge thrillers are just too good, and The Man From Nowhere is no exception whatsoever. This gritty and depressing drama was brutal, unforgiving, and just so entertaining. From the impeccable chill-inducing soundtrack, to the vibrant cinematography, this was an excellent movie. The fight scenes, while not too many, were really well done. Some may find the shaky cam kind of off-putting, but I thought it was fine. The last fight scene solidified my love for the movie, especially when I was so emotionally invested into the story. And I really loved the story-line. I guess I kind of have a love for a one single man going against crowds of enemies for revenge or to find someone. I will…
Fantastic action sequences , emotional scenes , characters you care about and extremely well shot.
What a masterpiece.
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