The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

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Cha Tae Shik leads a quiet life running a pawnshop. His only friend is a little girl, So Mi, who lives next door. So Mi's mother, Hyo Jeong, is a heroin addict. One day, Hyo Jeong decided to steals drugs from a feared organized crime group. Crime lord Oh Myung Gyu sent his subordinates, brothers Man Seok and Jong Seok to retrieve the drugs from Hyo Jeong. They then kidnap her and read moreSo Mi. Tae Shik sets off to rescue them.

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    Ahjeosshi; Nowhere Man; Ahjussi; Ajeossi

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May 8, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Keep in mind, "The Man From Nowhere" has considerably more blood, gore, and violence than most movies. It didn't bother me, but if you have a weak tolerance to these things, then this movie may not be very pleasant for you.

Originally, I was looking for a movie to watch to kill some time.
I kept scrolling down and down but nothing really caught my eye. "Sunny" sounded ok, and "The read more Man From Nowhere" was even better; still not quite what I wanted, but the options were starting to get pretty slim; and since it was ranked #2, I decided to trust the statistics.
Now I feel EXTREMELY guilty that I was so hesitant to watch this movie. I should not have taken it so lightly.

In the beginning I kept thinking how this movie reminded me of the Hollywood movie "Taken". They both have a lot of fast-paced action, a sense of justice, a feeling of wanting to protect something important, and a seriously kick-ass hero to dish it out. :)
(though in my personal interest, Won Bin is quite a bit more attractive than Liam Neeson;))

I loved the little girl~! I couldn't help it. She was adorable ^^
More than that, this movie would be nothing without her.

Won Bin did an incredible job. I haven't seen very many Korean movies, but I honestly believe he could be the best actor in Korea, and one of the best in the world.
Amazing, I'm telling you, amazing.

This movie made me laugh, and made me cry. That's not something you can do easily in action movies:)

Now, I think I'm going to go watch it again :D
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Jan 6, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
So I've been really curious about Won Bin all through this time while watching Korean dramas. I've only watched him in a supporting role in Autumn in my Heart and while I thoroughly enjoyed his role, I always wondered what made him click so much with the Korean audience (and the audience all over the world, as a matter of fact). I mean, if we look at it statistically, Won Bin has read more barely done any dramas beyond the 90s and has only done a handful of movies but if you look out for best actors in Korea, his name tends to come on top.

It' the quality effect indeed. He has done some really good movies and The Man From Nowhere is a great example of his less-in-quantity-more-in-quality movies. I loved this movie. It was thrilling and touching all at once. A man going all the way to save a little girl because she's his friend. And the man cannot be stopped! He's a freaking one-man army, who won't stop until he wants to. What a great plot! I was on the edge of my seat throughout the movie and the ending made me cry. Well, almost since I don't cry that easily. The ending was a little different from what I expected but it was a good ending.

The rewatch value is the only thing that is not a ten for me. That's mostly because you know how the movie will progress and that steals a bit of the excitement. But the action scenes are simply WOW. The lead character is so strong and invincible, but he doesn't care about glory.
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    Kiara 26 days ago

    This was my first time watching Won Bin and he's mighty fine and had some soulful eyes, but goddammit if that little girls speech about not hating him because if she did she wouldn't have anyone she liked, did not break my heart. So relatable. Bravo Kim Sae Ron!

    Kim Sung Oh was such a highlight for me. I never once liked his character, but he cracked me up for a good portion of this movie. Seen him once before in that god awful City Hall drama, but didn't really notice him. Will definitely keep an eye out for him now. Also he kinda reminded me of Lee Min Ki a little bit in this movie. Idk maybe the hair?

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    namopanik Jun 23, 2017 - edited

    I watched it to see what's the deal with Won Bin and still don't know. He has a nice voice I guess. I read that in the early draft, MC was supposed to be a man in his 60s experienced in the North, and now can't get rid of the idea that it would be more meaningful that way, instead of dramatic head shaving, gratuitous abs and a frame created for wearing suits, but maybe it's just me. But it's still a solid movie, even if oozing with empty coolness. Violence and gore are neatly balanced with skillful editing and coherent looking photography, so it's both sickening and somehow enjoyable watch.

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    Revalina Mariana May 22, 2017

    >>> (y)

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    Snow Feb 13, 2017 - edited

    Won Bin was much cooler with long hair :P I give this movie 8 out of 10...(-2) points just for cutting his hair

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    zuojenn Feb 4, 2017

    a very bloody and brutal was not bad but a bit swallow too....they could have gone more into the main characters.
    Anyway 8/10

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    Shay Jan 20, 2017

    I had such hight hopes and the more I think about it the lower I give it.

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    Shay Jan 16, 2017

    The acting was wonderful, but the movie didn't live up to all the hype it was getting on this website so I was a little bit disappointed.

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    mel hufana Dec 16, 2016

    how to watch this movie?

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    Josh Dec 13, 2016

    That was fantastic, I wish I had watched it sooner.

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    stringfan Sep 18, 2016

    Blood, violence, badass main character. I like it!

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    siisii Aug 28, 2016 - edited

    Won bin is one hell of an attractive man!!

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    Marti Aug 25, 2016

    fun & interesting, good, if not great movie to watch xD

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    AliceStone Aug 18, 2016

    I absolutely loved this movie <3

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    biniBningPunkista Aug 11, 2016

    Fracking awesome fight scenes. I wish the ending was more different though. But I love it.

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    tiffa Aug 6, 2016

    a m a z i n g


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    South Korea
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    Aug 5, 2010
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 59 min.


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