The Man from Nowhere

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

"Making Of"; Highlights; Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • UPC: 812491012048
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Well Go Usa
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Korean
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,384

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Won Bin , Tae-shik
Kim Sae-ron , So-mi
Technical Credits
Lee Jeong-beom Director, Screenwriter
Yang Hong-sam Production Designer
Lee Tae Hun Executive Producer, Producer
Shim Hyun-Jung Score Composer
Hwang Hyun-kyu Makeup
Jang Ju-Hee Costumes/Costume Designer
Katharine Kim Executive Producer
Kim Sang-Bum Editor
Kim Suk-won Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Tae-Yoon Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man from Nowhere
1. The Bust [5:23]
2. Garbage [5:36]
3. Neighbors [3:42]
4. I Don't Hate You [4:53]
5. Find the Goods [4:09]
6. Camera Bag [5:34]
7. Delivery [4:02]
8. Let's Go Meet Mommy [6:57]
9. The Set-Up [3:57]
10. I Kill You [2:49]
11. Dark Knight [4:25]
12. Cha Tae-Shik [2:58]
13. The Club [9:20]
14. Chinatown [6:14]
15. Live for Today [5:15]
16. The Lab [7:21]
17. Don't Do It [4:57]
18. Get Back Home [4:57]
19. 500 [2:31]
20. Mister [8:21]
21. I Take Gold Teeth [7:25]
22. On Your Own [8:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Man from Nowhere
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   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      Subtitles: On/Off
         Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English Dolby Digital 2.0
         Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
         Korean Dolby Digital 2.0
   Extras
      Teaser
      Full Trailer
      Highlights
      Making Of
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Very cool...

    Darkly violent, but with a lot of heart. Visually stunning. I love this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    AWESOME MOVIE!-You're insane not to see it!

    This movie is AWESOME! Great story! Great characters! Great action! One of my all time favorites. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Random Acts of Kindness Make A Good Film Great

    Random acts of kindness make a 'good action picture' into a 'great action picture' with THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

    South Korea's mega-popular THE MAN FROM NOWHERE was successful for very good reasons, so many that there's no way I could touch upon all of them in a single review. Suffice it to say that it's an action picture whose formula is broad enough to appeal to men (once the action starts, there's never a dull moment), women (there's a strong through-line about caring for society's lost children), male teens (who wouldn't want to be as coolly quiet as the film's lead), and female 'tweens' (I've been assured by ladies that star Bin Won is very 'easy on the eyes'). If that winning combination isn't enough, then add to the mix the social messages and perhaps a metaphor on "random acts of kindness" and it's no wonder that the film was a huge hit overseas.

    Bin Won stars as Tae-sik Cha, who, quite literally, is the film's "man from nowhere." As our story opens, he's seen doing his best to blend into the landscape, buying some sausage to eat in his small apartment. He's treated like anyone on the street who has his slightly disheveled appearance: mostly ignored but slightly suspect due to his unkempt guise. Arriving back home where he runs a pawnshop shop out of his apartment in a quiet, rundown tenement building (the place looks much like he does), he meets the young So-mi hiding in the darkness at the bottom of the stairs. We soon learn that they're begrudging friends (of sorts), with Cha not taking any responsibility for the young girl (whose mother has essentially abandoned her to a life on the streets) but feeling tied to her more as the only responsible adult in her life.

    But So-mi's mother is guilty of more than being a bad mother. In an attempt to make a big score selling drugs, she's stolen a small supply from the wrong people; and, when they show up looking for the stash, they're more than happy to take So-mi off the woman's hands because there's a big demand for black market body parts. Who would miss one more deserted child?

    The mob never counted on Tae-sik Cha.

    Truth be told, Cha is a former government assassin, living a life of self-imposed exile after seeing his wife killed by one of his former enemies. Now that he genuinely has nothing to lose, Cha realizes the only tether keeping him in this world is the young So-mi, so he makes it his personal mission to get her back alive no matter the cost.

    The story doesn't stop there, and the plot is developed on several layers. There are competing mobs vying for control of the city's drugs and prostitutes, as well as the supply of human body parts, and, of course, the police can't be far behind. What unfolds is an incredible tale of one man's spirit sinking to the depths of despair and rising to the challenge when he realizes that no one else - not the government, not the police, not anyone - is willing to do what's absolutely necessary to bring down the thugs who snatched So-mi away from her sad life.

    There's action a'plenty, and, in several daring twists of direction, not all of it takes place on scene. In fact, Cha's opening salvo against one of the heavies who shows up looking for the stolen drugs doesn't even appear on screen; cleverly, we're only shown a window shattering from outside, and when the camera is back on Cha's apartment, the heavy is out cold on his kitchen floor. Director Jeong-beom Lee clearly knows when to "play the action" and when

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2011

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