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 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)…
A good friend of mine recommended this to me after I saw the The Raid 2. Tell you what, he's on to something. I haven't watched many foreign films and this sort of action is growing on me very quickly. It reminds of a lot of old action movies that I grew up with - they are able to get away with more because it hasn't been Hollywood'd, at least in my eyes anyway.
This movie is a bit graphic but it isn't for violence's sake. As the movie progresses, you learn about his past and start to understand the attachment he has to this seemingly random girl. The depiction of him slowly becoming overtaken by rage was very well…
I've seen "The Man from Nowhere" when it hit Shelves back in 2011. Joining Letterboxd last Year, I was surprise to find the film on so many Top 10 Lists, because I couldn't remember anything from it. So I thought now would be good time to revisit it.
My memories came back and I certainly see, why many would love the film but wasn't sold entirely. Some characters are way over the top and ruin a very good cast and there's the all so present melodrama found in many action flicks from Asia. I would have left some of the scenes on the cutting room floor, imho, it would have served the movie much better.
What really hit me was…
This was quite a nice Korean action/crime/thriller.
The story wasn't too complicated, the main character was pretty badass and the kid actor was actually good. I really can't say I didn't enjoy it but I also can't really say much about the film.
The fight scenes were nicely choreographed and even the rather sparse shootouts were engaging or at least nice to look at.
I'm not 100% okay with the ending, which opens up a bunch of unanswered questions but in its entirety this is a film I would definitely recommend.
Great movie,better than the holywood shit...
A classic story of revenge with a wonderfully done darkness to it. The character development of the main character was great, and a solid backstory. All characters made this movie so very badass and memorable.
A fairly solid thriller, with some bold editing and amazing action scenes. I did feel like something was missing, though, considering the praise it's has garnered....
Fantastic film, a great twist and wonderful character development.
A classy, stylish, cool, thought-provoking, high-grade film with loads of unbelievable and solid fight sequences where people actually jump from fire-escapes (six stories high), land on iron beams, an under-construction showroom made of glass, loads of Chinese Lanterns and miss the garbage truck, only to be taken away on stretchers for broken limbs and a serious back injury.
And all that happens in just two takes (from the outtake footage).
If that isn't determined-dedication to a discipline, then I would not know what is.
A revenge flick with a hero so bland even the title emphasizes how unremarkable he is, The Man From Nowhere proves that, badass or not, a dude with zero personality is about as fun a protagonist as a cinder block.
There's not a whole lot to discuss with this flick, since it treads ground already covered by a dozen films before it. Director Lee Jeong-beom comes off as much more intrigued by setting than plot or character, and the movie tends to look much better than the story deserves. But the roles are all one note, save for the Thai assassin played by Thanayong Wongtrakul, who goes through a slight, but ultimately useless, arc.
The hero, Cha Tae-sik, played as…
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