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…
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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…
"The ones who live for tomorrow get fucked by the ones living for today."
I'd like to personally thank AdamMcA for recommending me this film. I dug the hell out of it. Loved it. I liked how the action was so great and well done, but it's still clear the story and characters come first. The story may be predictable and worn out to some; in fact many compare this to films like Taken and Leon: The Professional and while the comparision is pretty accurate, it didn't stop me from enjoying it. The characters were compelling and had depth to them thanks to some great performances. I cared about them. I cared about the hitman (played excellently by Bin Won)…
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…
After No Tears for the Dead (2014), I had to cleanse my palette.
Didn’t disappoint. The more I watch it, the better appreciative I become.
Quote : "The ones that live for tomorrow, get f****d by the ones of today".
Plot : A middle age pawn shop owner Befriends a little girl who has a very rough life. She is then kidnapped by drug dealers who want her to make drugs and then sell her organs. Then our main character is going to retrieve the little girl, using any means nessesary.
Opinion : This is quite possibly, one of the best revenge movies ever created. I was on the edge of my set for almost the whole movie. The action scenes were brilliant, kinda reminded me of The Raid, always ending up bloody and gory. The main character hardly said anything for this whole movie,…
Korean Ex-Agent hunts down an organ dealer racket after they kidnapped his neighbors daughter...
This movie presses ALL buttons to get you emotionally involved as much as possible. When the protagonist finally comes after the main villains you may even be double-fist pumping. Korean cinema tends to get too melodramatic for me and it certainly happens here which hurt the film. One too many hugs in the end, more than one too many shots of poor little kids being exploited by reckless gangsters who will cut them up when they're old enough to sell their organs. Yeah: take kids and you've risen the stakes as high as possible. I don't wanna sound cynical but I had my eyes rolling (not…
This film had a ridiculous story, extremely cheesey dialogue, over acting you'd expect from a Korean film made in the 90s, clichéd plot that has been done hundreds of times before and came across very ordinary. The only thing this movie done okish was the action scenes which there was a lack of and had too many quick cuts.
It felt like the director was trying to mimic the typical Hollywood blockbuster style of movie which made this charmless. A lot of the success from this movie seems to come from the younger generation and teens who finds the attractive male lead attractive.
From being a huge fan of Korean cinema I was very disappointed in this movie, it was…
The film that got me into Korean films.
I was really surprised and impressed by this movie. I've only recently gotten into watching foreign films. This is an excellent action film and is definitely one of my new favorites for the genre.
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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