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Tae-shik is an ex-special agent whose tragic past has made him distance himself from the world. He now lives in solitude and runs a small pawnshop. The only people he now sees are the few pawnshop customers and So-mi (Kim Sae-Ron), the young girl who lives next door. So-mi has also been neglected by the world and as she and Tae-shik begin to spend more time together, the two gradually open themselves to one another and become friends. Then one day, So-mi suddenly disappears. So-mi s mother becomes involved in a major crime causing both her and So-mi to get kidnapped. Tae-shik is drawn back out into the world in a frantic search for So-mi s whereabouts. In order to save So-mi, his one and only friend in this world, Tae-shik makes a certain arrangement with the crime mob. While So-mi is still nowhere to be found, the police begin to chase after Tae-shik. With the police and the underground mob close on his tail, Tae-shik continues his frantic search for So-mi and his hidden past slowly becomes revealed...
"Slick, Stylish, and Gut Wrenching Thriller" --Twitch
"A Sweet Ass Flick....Truly Impressive" --Film School Rejects
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The subject matter is brutal, and so is some of the action. I can only say the bad guys should have suffered more!
I recently bought two Korean action films - and both of them were excellent. It is very exciting to watch this developing area of film expertise. I enjoy watching martial arts movies - and The Man From Nowhere combined several different martial arts forms including some from southern Asia and the Phillipines. The other film was The Good, The Bad, The Weird. It is well done also - but doesn't have the emotional depth the The Man From Nowhere has. This film is excellent and worth repeated viewing. I highly recommend it!
The characters are great. The hero is complex and the film features some of the best Korean gangster bad-guys I've seen (and my husband and I have seen most of them). If you liked any of the Korean gangster dramas of the last few years you must add this to your viewing list. "The Man from Nowhere" is one of the best Korean gangster dramas so far.
At one point the hero tells the gang boss "You live for tomorrow, but people living for tomorrow will always be beaten by people living for today. I only live for today". The hero really stays true to this ethos, and as you watch the film you will understand how he got to this point in his life.
I think it goes without saying that the fight scenes are great. This is one of the few films to highlight how important speed is in a martial arts contest. And, yes, there are shoot-outs, guns, knives, bats... If you want gangs, guns, drama, a mysterious, innocent bystander trying to make up for his past and a knife fight that tops them all you need to stream this movie.