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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…
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…
I think korean film makers don't inhale oxygen and exhale carbon-di-oxide.They inhale anger and exhale vengeance.This is another great movie.They can do no wrong can they? Emotionally and vengefully powerful.
Well, so much for Korea being the land of producing what seemed to be exclusively high-quality revenge thrillers.
Have you seen Taken? Man on Fire? Put those movies in a blender, add in some of the violence these Korean movies are known for except whoever was overseeing this action movie smoothie went with the bold decision to make it kinda suck.
Who is titular Man from Nowhere? I'll tell you what he is not, and that's any semblance of a human being. He's a dark, brooding, impossibly good looking pawn shop owner who has taken up unofficial parental duties when a neighboring little scamp of a girl seeks refuge from her shitty mom. In addition to being a heroin addicted…
The Man From Nowhere
Worth Watching? Yeah.
Story: A mysterious next door neighbor becomes involved in the complicated criminal underworld when the young girl next door is kidnapped.
One Good Thing:
“He didn’t flinch.”
I know there are normal Korean gangster flicks out there, but I guess I wasn’t so surprised when The Man From Nowhere took a darker turn into the grittier underbelly of the genre. For the most part, I was ready for a ‘no holds barred man with a mysterious past is the wrong guy to pick on and goes on a rampage’ type movie. Instead, we follow our main anti-hero as he broods his way from gangster to gangster on a personal mission and ends up…
I'm not gonna lie, I have no idea what happened in this movie.
The Man from Nowhere.
The Revenge Flick from South Korea.
For the last fifteen years we have seen pretty much nothing but gold in film form, come from Korea. It most likely starts with Park Chan-Wook, but it doesn't end there. Over this time I have found some of my favourite new directors and favourite movies.
The Man from Nowhere, doesn't disappoint. Now, it isn't up to the standard of Park, Bong, or Kim. Then again, what is? The story is basic with some Korean flare here and there. Overall very satisfying though. I would probably like this a lot more if I hadn't come to expect what I 'expect' from Korean film. I'm not sure if that…
The only action movie that can make me cry like a little bitch. Great action scenes and amazing performance from both leads, Won Bin as the lonely pawnshop owner with a secret past, and Kim Sae-ron as the precious little girl with a crack whore mother. I honestly enjoy the shit out of this movie. My third viewing and it still gives me the feels. Koreans know how to fuck with your emotions.
One thing I love about action movies is that there is always one bad guy who can match in skill and power with the protagonist. Not many action movies nowadays have that anymore, or they do but the bad guy is terrible in acting and just ruins…
"The ones that live for tomorrow, get fucked by the ones living for today"
Holy fuck, that was an intense experience. Great build-up and a totatally satisfying pay-off. Especially the last half is a roller-coaster ride. It contains emotionel depth and some of the most stunning action I've seen in a long time.
Just writing and thinking about the movie makes me want to see it again. A big recommendation.
Korean crime/revenge movie. Has to be good.
Random English speaking guy.
Double-cross! Or many cross, who knows.
I won't ask twice.
For being a skeezy nightclub, this washroom is very clean (or was before all the death happened).
The ones who live for tomorrow get fucked by the ones living for today.
This movie is v good, you guys.
The rooms and buildings and hovels in Korean crime movies have a certain aesthetic, and it's really very upsetting.
Um, chubby fucker with the dead brother, I think you've upset the wrong fucking man.
You can always tell who's gonna be the craziest fucker in a movie like this if they start speaking English. Was the same in Outrage/Outrage Beyond.
Not exactly a happy ending, but a good one. Love me some Korean crime revenge flicks.
A revenge film if there ever was one! Probably my favorite action sequences since RAID 2
In re-watching this, I've found that this is one of my very favorite films. The Man from Nowhere is very bleak but it has something that the majority of action thrillers don't: emotional depth. This one really got to me. The emotion it elicited from me combined with some incredible fight sequences make this an excellent film.
I'm in love with Korean cinema, especially "the new wave" of films starting at the turn of the millennium. These…