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The Man from Nowhere (2010)

Ajeossi (original title)
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hee-won Kim ...
Seong-oh Kim ...
Jong-pil Lee ...
Hyo-seo Kim ...
Su-ryun Baek ...
Old Woman (as Soo-ryeon Baek)
Kyeong-eup Nam ...
Section Chief
Do-won Jeong ...
Detective Park (as Jeong Do-won)
Detective Kim
Seok-hyeon Jo ...
Moon Dal-seo
Sang-Kyeong Son ...


An ex-special agent CHA Tae-shik's only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives nearby. Her mother, Hyo-jeong smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-shik with the product, without letting him know. The traffickers find out about her smuggling and kidnap both Hyo-jeong and So-mi. The gang promises to release them if Tae-shik makes a delivery for them, however it actually is a larger plot to eliminate a rival drug ring leader. When Hyo-jeon's disemboweled body is discovered, Tae-shik realizes that So-mi's life may also be in danger. Tae-shik becomes enraged at the prospect that So-mi may already be dead and prepares for a battle, putting his own life at risk. Written by Anonymous

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Should have left him alone See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Man from Nowhere  »

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2.35 : 1
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Kim Myung-min was originally casting for the role of Tae-sik. See more »


Tae-Sik Cha: You live only for tomorrow.
Man-seok: What?
Tae-Sik Cha: The ones that live for tomorrow, get fucked by the ones living for today.
Man-seok: What are you babbling about?
Tae-Sik Cha: I only live for today. I'll show you just how fucked up that can be.
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Remade as The Man from Nowhere See more »


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Who doesn't love revenge flicks!
13 April 2011 | by (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – See all my reviews

I don't know about those romantic crap lovers, with strange sexual tendencies, but for real men, this is the kind of film you would like to see with your fellas having some beer and pizza, while saying things like: Oh! S#$! What Tha@#$@$, did you see that?!

Yes it is an old theme, yes it's similar to Taken, The Professiona, Man on Fire, and even other Koreans like the Trilogy of Vengeance and I Saw the Devil,but still is so cool in such unique ways that you may want to see it a couple of times while showing your American friends how independent filming is done in Asia.

At the beginning, I thought it would be like many Korean movies with long slow paced scenes, dramatizing events, but no, it turned out to be a well balanced action movie, with a proper ending.

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