The Man From Nowhere (2010)

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A retired special agent forges an unlikely bond with his neglected young neighbor, and vows to bring the girl back home safely after she's kidnapped by violent criminals. When Tae-Shik hung up his guns to open a small pawn shop, he also shut himself off from the world. Tae-Shik prefers to live in solitude, yet he still takes a liking to his precocious neighbor So-mi, whose mother pay her little attention. When So-Mi's mother crosses a local gang of criminals who respond by kidnapping the desperate mother and daughter, Tae-Shik realizes that he may be their only hope of making it out of the situation alive. After entering into a tenuous agreement with the local mob, Tae-Shik becomes the target of an intense police manhunt and finds himself besieged on all sides. Now the closer Tae-Shik gets to So-Mi and her mother, the more his dark past finally begins coming into focus. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Cast

Bin Won
as Tae-sik
Kim Sae-ron
as So-mi
Tae-Hoon Kim
as Kim Chi-gon
Hee-won Kim
as Man-seok
Kim Seong-oh
as Jong-seok
Lee Jong-pil
as Detective No
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Critic Reviews for The Man From Nowhere

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Helmer Lee Jeong-beom shows a flair for action sequences, squeezing tension out of every fight scene choregraphed by Park Jung-ryul.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Yet more proof of the astonishing vigour and inventiveness of current Korean genre cinema.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The Man From Nowhere is relatively solid throughout and despite its general lack of originality it is an entertaining and gripping film with assured direction and excellent central performances.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
HeyUGuys

South Korea may just be the most exciting place on the planet these days when it comes to stylish and violent thrillers.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Film School Rejects

The man might be from nowhere but this film could only come from Korea, the land of a million stories of revenge.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
IFC.com

... in the realm of humorless South Korean action conventions it’s well constructed, suitably dark and dangerous and filled with well-honed, visceral scenes.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Man From Nowhere

The Man from Nowhere supplies more than enough drama and bloody-good action to make for a compelling film but what really drives it home is its riveting direction. The film is able to display the emotional, vivacious and authentic storytelling that is a clear developing sign of Korean cinema. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

Korean cinema does it again. We've seen lots of vengeance, man on a mission movies like this, with the awful Taken and the brilliant Man On Fire springing to mind. Man From Nowhere falls with the latter as an unforgettable tour de force. Bin Won stars as a man without a past who owns a pawnshop. He strikes up a friendship with the little girl nextdoor and when she is kidnapped the people behind it get more than they bargained for. The action scenes are incredible in both their execution and their realism. Bin Won is a relentless assassin, and in one knife fight he is slicing armpits and wrists rather than going for easy stabbings. You really get a sense of what is at stake here, and it's just as much a story of redemption as it is a story of revenge. There's also some social commentary on how children from 'lower' families are looked down upon but should have just as much of a future as anyone else. Fantastic.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Easily one of the best films to have come out of Asia in the last few years. Makes "Taken" look like a kids movie. Action, blood, guns and a great storyline.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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