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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…
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No one does revenge thrillers like south korea. I'd heard a lot about this and it well and truly lived up to the hype. Much like "Man on Fire" a movie which shares many similarities to this film, the main driving force is the relationship between our hero and the abducted child. While it isnt explored in as much depth here, the emotional impact is just as strong. The child actress Sae-ron Kim is fantastic. She has enough sympathy in her performance as a loner child but provides enough spunk where shes believable in adapting to survive.
Our star here Bin Won of "Mother" fame is great as a brooding man with no name badass type. While his characters back…
Stylish but over-rated. People often compare this to Korean masterpieces like "Oldboy" and "Memories of Murder", when it really doesn't come close to them.
I think the description I saw on one of the reviews calling this the Korean "Taken" is pretty accurate but with extra style.
Incredibly well directed Korean revenge thriller with some of the best action I've seen in film. The character work here is excellent, brought home especially by the two leads.
A South Korean knock-off of "Taken" that finds a former special services dude murdering his way through a group of gangsters to rescue a little girl who is his next door neighbor.
I was searching through Netflix looking for something new to watch when I stumbled on this gem again. This film blends drama and action almost seamlessly and every time I watch it I am just as engaged as the first time I watched it. This film is not original. It has the action movie tropes that we've seen before, but this film uses them so well, that this film doesn't feel tired.
A lot of action movies today are CGI nightmares and jumpy edited action scenes. This film has almost no CGI and our leading actor, Won Bin, has a background in teakwood, so his action scenes look much better than what many American action movies present. What makes this…
Somewhere between Taken and Oldboy, a vigorous & violent Korean actionfest sure to viscerally excite audiences
One of the real great Korean mafia movie.
Highly entertaining with some great action scenes and a well set up plot. This could be one of the best modern day action films but with the dark tone and direction it becomes so much more than just the run of the mill action film. A little bit like Taken i would say only this is a little more grounded and the scenes are shot much better, definitely the Taken 2 we deserved instead of that shit pile we got.
this warmed my cold heart the world is good again etc etc
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