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The Man from Nowhere -- A former special agent befriends a young girl who is kidnapped by a vicious drug gang. Hell-bent on justice, he takes the law into his own hands, infiltrating the ring and systematically wiping out its members.
The Man from Nowhere -- An ex-con is lured back into the drug trade.

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Director:
Writer:
Jeong-beom Lee (written by)
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Release Date:
5 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
Nothing to lose, nothing to compromise See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
TV Chiefs Admit 'Concern' About Sheen's Personal Troubles
 (From WENN. 14 January 2011, 3:26 PM, PST)

CBS starting to worry about Charlie Sheen?
 (From Hollywoodnews.com. 14 January 2011, 1:02 PM, PST)

CBS Prez Has “High Level Of Concern” About Charlie Sheen
 (From VH1.com. 14 January 2011, 12:45 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Just a note of caution to the girls who are here purely to admire your eye candy: the movie's not for the faint-hearted! See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bin Won ... Cha Tae-sik
Sae-ron Kim ... Jeong So-mi
Tae-hoon Kim ... Kim Chi-gon
Hee-won Kim ... Man-seok
Seong-oh Kim ... Jong-seok
Jong-pil Lee ... Detective No
Thanayong Wongtrakul ... Ramrowan
Hyo-seo Kim ... Hyo-jeong
Young-chang Song ... Oh Myung-gyu
Su-ryun Baek ... Old Woman (as Soo-ryeon Baek)
Kyeong-eup Nam ... Section Chief
Jeong Do-won ... Detective Park
Do Won Kwak ... Detective Kim
Seok-hyeon Jo ... Moon Dal-seo
Sang-Kyeong Son ... Bear
Jae-won Lee ... Kim Do-chi
Min-ho Hwang ... Nam Seong-sik
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So-hee Hong ... Kim Yeon-soo
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Directed by
Jeong-beom Lee 
 
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Jeong-beom Lee (written by)

Produced by
Katharine Kim .... executive producer
Tae-hun Lee .... executive producer
Tae-hun Lee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hyun-jung Shim 
 
Cinematography by
Tae-yoon Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Production Design by
Hong-sam Yang 
 
Costume Design by
Ju-hee Jang 
 
Makeup Department
Hyun-kyu Hwang .... makeup artist
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Suk-won Kim .... sound
Montabord .... production sound mixer
Sang-june Yi .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Kiyoung Jung .... pipeline technical director
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2010)
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Tae-ui Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Il Hwan Na .... art supervisor
Jung-ryul Park .... visual effects
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chol-o Lee .... lighting technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ajeossi" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity
Runtime:
Korea:119 min
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The phone Cha Tae-Sik uses is a Samsung A900M.See more »
Quotes:
Jeong So-mi:Mister? I embarrass you too, right? That's why you ignored me? It's okay. My teacher and all the kids do that too. Mom said that if I get lost, I should forget our address and phone number. She gets drunk and says we should die. Even though that pig called me a bum... you're meaner. But I don't hate you. Because if I do, I won't have anyone I like. Thinking about it hurts me here. So I won't hate you.See more »
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References Léon: The Professional (1994)See more »

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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Just a note of caution to the girls who are here purely to admire your eye candy: the movie's not for the faint-hearted!, 23 March 2011
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

Have you ever thought how lost and distraught one can be following the loss of his/her loved ones? I guess this is a point that is worth pondering over, especially when we are witnessing such a tragedy unfolding in Japan.

" The Man From Nowhere", widely known as "Ajeossi" in South Korea, essentially depicts a man who has withdrawn himself from the society and lost his sense of worth and living due to the lost of his loved ones. However, he finally began to show affection and fondness in the little girl lives down the street; it was just like how tin man finally found his heart. They were each other's only friend. So when she is taken away, he fights with all his might and wit because he cannot possibly handle the loss of his only beloved friend.

This simple plot is very well executed. In terms of the pacing, it was just right and through subtle interactions between Taesik (played by Won Bin) and Somi (played by Kim Sae-ron), they show their high interdependency and chemistry. There was not a single part of the movie that is boring. Your tension is constantly kept at high, and you will be sometimes treated with some tidbits of laughter.

The narrative is definitely not the only attraction to this movie that eventually became the top selling movie in South Korea in the year 2010. Possibly the other main attraction is the film's cinematography. This movie has superb fight choreography (underscores superb). Brace yourself for a bloody massacre, but one that is not just of a bloody mess but of mission and gracefulness. This, coupled with creative angles and excellent sound effects, you get a movie that is of high production value. This alone assures you that the money that you spend on the movie is worthwhile.

How can one forget the other important factor? It's the protagonist. Won Bin has made several breakthroughs in his acting career that started back in 1997. However, this is probably by far the most successful role that he has taken up. With this single role, he has bagged 7 awards. Is that justified? Certainly! From the initial bizarre look and stare, to later on how he soften his look towards the little girl he wants to protect, to the flashback where it depict his downfall and devastation, to the ruthless and merciless look that was fuelled by hatred and despair when he was in search of the little girl… they were all effectively delivered to the audience. You can get so drawn into his acting that you may feel the sheer violence is justified. One moment you grief with the man who lost his loved ones, the next moment you crease your forehead at his brutality. The balance of this multi-faceted character is definitely not easy, but Won Bin did it. Also commendable is that there was no stuntman that stood in for the combat scenes. All the fist, knives and guns action were executed by him. His black belt in Taekwondo definitely comes in handy for his role. Indeed he has proved himself to be more than just an eye candy.

As the movie is coming to an end, it takes on a twist that prevented another episode of tragedy. The ending scene was definitely perplexing at first, but it turns out to be the man has finally found his 'home' for his heart, where he can pour out his affection and love once more. With the calming ending track leading into the credits, you cannot help but be affected, that is being moved to tears. To sum it all: great acting, great production, great movie.

- www.moviexclusive.com

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