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...
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…
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…
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…
"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 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…
This is a solid entry in the action/revenge genre. The final action set pieces reminded me of THE RAID lite.
Certainly not the best Korean film I've seen, but I must say I really enjoyed it.
The drama is majorly cliched and typical by all standards, but the action sequences are brilliant. The scoreless knife fight that most of the film led up to was spectacular.
I also noticed a seamless and amazing tracking shot where the camera follows the protagonist while he is jumping out of a window.
I liked the second half of the film much more, where we understand more of the motivation behind the protagonist becoming a surrogate father of sorts. However, what ultimately failed was its ending. It was so Hollywood that Hollywood wouldn't dare to use it.
But, in the end the action overcame the flaws. Two hours well spent.
A straightforward action flick. This film should be viewed by people who loved The Professional and The Raid.
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