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.
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 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…
Real talk: I shed a tear or two watching this movie—It’s a rarity for me and it has certainly never happened with a foreign language film.
The acting, script, and character development are all great, but the direction is what got me. Watching the final scenes unfold at such a perfect pace with such nicely-framed visual cues charmed the hell out of me.
The man from nowhere is also a man of very few words. That is truly the beauty of it though. I have seen this a handful of times now, and it's just as good each time. It also contains arguably the best fight sequence (at the end) I have ever seen (up there with Oldboy).
A great Korean action movie that is exhilirating, intense, gruesome and touching.
Damn these crafty foreign films with their emotions and their action and their foreigness
Favorite non-protagonist hero.
My exploration of Asian cinema continues! Won Bin stars as "The Man from Nowhere", a mysterious loner who is spurred into violent action when his next-door neighbor is killed and her daughter is kidnapped. The relationship between The Man and Kim Sae-Ron is emotional and captivating, and almost brought me to tears! For such a young actress, she showed impressive chops. The plot isn't all that original, but it is elevated by a keen regard for its characters that many films of this sort neglect. The fight choreography is stunning, and the final fight sequence is one of the coolest things ever! It's a great film, and one that just solidifies that South Korea is consistently churning out wonderful stuff. Such an impressive feature, with a gut-punch ending!
Its a combination of Leon and Taken, mixed with the normal genre themes that come with the violent Korean thriller genre. Never the less The Man from Nowhere has some good performances and an entertaining plot. Def worth a watch.
Methodically paced yet perfectly fluent, the violently moody The Man from Nowhere is a deftly balanced work of action cinema. It allows itself to shamelessly indulge in classic action tropes, but manages to feel fresh all the while. Yeah, it's another widowed former black ops agent with only one person left in his life to give a shit about, and yes, more flashbacks to happier times when wifey was pregnant and not dead, but the before and after transformation is much more stark than your usual fare. Our lead here looks like a completely different person rather than a man with a slightly grumpier disposition. For me, the hook was the watching the bad guys try to figure out who…
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