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The Man From Nowhere [DVD]


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  • 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 (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKX18E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 April 2011
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By IMP on 1 Jun 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. McCauley VINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
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. The Koreans set up a deal with the Chinese for them to sample their wares. The heroin gets stolen by a dancer/druggie who has a daughter. Her neighbor is a mysterious loner who operates a small time pawn shop. He and the daughter become semi-friends, perhaps the best way to describe it. The Korean DEA is also on the case. They bad guys catch up with the dancer, and kidnap her and the kid. The pawn shop owner gets dragged into the mess. As it turned out, they picked on the wrong guy. He goes "walking tall" to rescue the girl.

The movie has one corpse nudity scene, some groping, and needless mf and f-bombs. The movie is straight forward action. One scene is a little awkward where there is a Chinese translator. A man would say something in English and then the translator would then say it in English also. Just one of those foreign movie things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By citizenOfTheWorld on 28 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Absolutely brilliant. I would have never expected something like this from a Corean movie. The plot is great and it keeps you stuck to the seat all the time, expecting more and more. The soundtrack is good, the 5.1 is really amazing... I never heard so many details before (and it's DVD!!!)

Not recommended for sensitive people though...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 21 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
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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