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The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Director: Jeong-beom Lee
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Studio: Well Go USA
Genre: Action, Foreign, Korea, Manhunt, Quest, Manhunt, Revenge
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English

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.

GreenCine Member Reviews

An Excellent, Juiced-Up Genre Ride by Hallucination March 20, 2011 - 3:41 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I really loved this film. It's a very similar plot to the Denzel Washington vehicle "Man on Fire": When a cute kid is kidnapped by amoral villains, a spiritually empty bad-ass opens a huge can of whoop-ass to save the adorable tyke and regains his soul in the process. Any connection between these movies ends there.

Won Bin plays a hunky, emo killing machine, relentless and unstoppable in his fury. The fight choreography is brutally sexy, a real dance of death, and the cinematography is careful and precise, with a distinct lack of hand-held camera and chilly mood lighting. The heavies in this film are so completely unsympathetic and vile, that when they get what's coming to them, you can't help but cheer -- a solid 10 on the catharsis scale. I've been on a Korean crime-film kick lately, and this one has moved to the top of my list. Don't miss this one!

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(Average 7.25)
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