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The Man From Nowhere [DVD]

Won Bin , Kim Sae-ron , Lee Jeong-beom    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron
  • Directors: Lee Jeong-beom
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKX18E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,658 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Scarred by his traumatic past, former special agent Tae-shik lives a life of solitude. His only contact to the outside world is his neighbour So-mi, a young schoolgirl with a troubled mother. Following a drug deal gone wrong, the innocent So-mi falls prey to Korea s ruthless, dark underworld. As Tae-shik takes on the crime mob to save his only friend, the thugs soon realize that The Man from Nowhere is a man to be feared...

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Taken meets Oldboy' 17 April 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is a little scorcher, what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in pace, tempo, tension and buckets of action. The plot without spoiling it is fairly simple. A former Special Forces operative has gone into semi hiding, taking up a job as a downtown pawn broker. He deliberately cuts himself off from the outside world, except from his young neighbour So-mi.

Then a drug deal goes very bad and So-mis's mother is involved leading the drug bosses and police to come calling. Then it all kicks off. We are told the story of Tae-shik in flash back and how he came to be as isolated as he now chooses, and how he is actually an excellent if not ruthless killing machine.

This then is a full throttle re take on the `Leon;' formula with a Korean twist. It is superbly acted and even if some of the `baddies' are a bit two dimensional it works as they are surrounded by so many more fully developed characters. The cinematography is brilliant as I have come to expect from South Korea and the action is first rate. The plot may be simple but you do not feel that whilst you are watching as it just carries you along with the momentum. This is in Korean with English sub titles that are very easy to read. With a running time of 114 minutes, this is not a short film, but it felt more like half an hour. This really is a great action film, with a bit of heart, it does have an 18 cert, so if you are on the squeamish side you may be put off. I found it just top rate entertainment and thoroughly recommend.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I highly recommend this movie. Sure it borrows from other movies, as stated in another review here, but it's a blast, and (dare I say it) betters a couple of the movies it borrows from!! Very violent, suspenseful and sometimes funny, this movie is a must!!

Also, the Blu-Ray is Region Free, so it will play on any Blu-Ray player!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Masterpiece 29 Mar 2011
This film has the storyline and action scenes not too far similar from other films which have been released over the years. It may not win the award for the most unique or incredibly written story, but this film offers so much more that other films cant. Instead of the usual Hollywood ripping off a great Asian film, its the other way about, but done really well, as to stand up with other films such as Taken it feels like.

The flow of this film is impeccable, and keeps you watching and sucks you right into the storyline. Everything is done tastefully and the characters are developed quite well to help bring you deeper into this film. The artist rendering of this film is amazing, and it boasts some great cinematography throughout the whole duration of the film, showing great care and attention was put into creating this.

No film is without it's slight annoyances or quirky moments, and having one of the characters only talking in english to everyone is kind of weird as it just doesn't feel right to the flow of the film, as no-one else talks in english.

This film is subtitled in english, and it's quite easy after a few minutes to read and watch at the same time.

Overall I found this to be a great film, mainly for its gripping flow and its great look in most shots. The story wasn't bad, but I felt it could of had a little more uniqueness to it, and really been something great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie with heart. 21 Jan 2012
The Man from Nowhere is not exactly unique. The premise is a young girl who is kidnapped by drug-dealers/ organ traffickers after her mother get's involved with them. Her neighbor is a mysterious young man who owns a pawnshop and while he doesn't show it to her face, he cares deeply for her and she is his only friend in the world. What follows is a riveting ride featuring the somewhat reluctant main character in his quest to bring back the young girl. The cinematography is superb, as is the acting and the writing. The pace is also good, and we have a nice mix of action and story at the start to make Cha Tae-sik's attachment to the girl believable, the action gets more involved and quicker as we progress. The acting is good, Bin Won is convincing and for a change so are the villains, they aren't over the top comic book evil, they are just criminals, and the big surprise is that Sae-ron Kim manages to play the annoying child character without being annoying, an excellent performance from her as well. The action sequences are well done, violent without being very gory, some elaborate martial arts and some simple brutality. Entertainingly, the movie was beautifully crafted. I was at my seat all throughout enjoying every moment. This comes highly recommended especially if you like Korean action films, even though it has some similarities to some Hollywood films like Leon and Taken, I still thought it was great. Do yourself a favor and check this movie out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant!! 21 Nov 2011
This is a tremendous action film but with so much more. Its violent, raw, yes and on occasion over the top, its also a very touching film in parts, mainly due to the young girl actress. A film that grips right from the off and does not let go. It pulls no punches in showing the depths that man can sink, not for the faint of heart. Asia as a whole are making some fantastic films and this is one of the best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliance
Acted supremely well by both the protagonist and the enemy. Story line was very fulfilling. Action sequences were acted out superbly, flowing and smooth. Very well choreographed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by nik
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Film from nowhere
Brilliant. Mysterious anti-Hero martial-artist takes on the criminal Underworld with the Cops in hot pursuit and always one step behind
Published 2 months ago by Andy Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man from Nowhere
I have been watching several films via instant video this week

This film I came across is really good, good storyline, action, and the acting is very good too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Melling
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid movie
Very good Asian cinema. Good acting, down to earth action scenes, a noir atmosphere and a well balanced pace. There is not a lot more to be expected. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Apostolos
5.0 out of 5 stars great
really good movie with a very deep story, it tells the story perfectly with the right balance of action and emotions, 10x better than taken which is equivalent in the west.
Published 3 months ago by katie l howard
5.0 out of 5 stars great watch!
Absolutely love it great movie kept me interested in it to see what happens next 5 out of 5 xx
Published 3 months ago by zaheen
5.0 out of 5 stars A man from nowhere
This is a must watch action and very handsome cool actor "Wo bin " the Korean actor ! There are many facts about the storyline! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Drama
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie
This is a great action movie with a deep secondary storyline about the friendship between a loner and a young girl. Excellent acting by the lead star.
Published 7 months ago by Hatman
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood take note
Routine thriller/action film from South Korea. Simple story line to which it plods along but easy to follow even with the subtitles. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Beware the moon lads
4.0 out of 5 stars SMOOTH TRANSLATIONS
One of the things they did was to give this movie a smooth translation without having the characters have oriental accents. China is competing with Korea for drugs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Movie Guy
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