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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 »
Genre:
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:
(18 articles)
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User Reviews:
Standard story, but superbly executed See more (73 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
So-hee Hong ... Kim Yeon-soo

Directed by
Jeong-beom Lee 
 
Writing credits
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 | USA:119 min
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Trivia:
The phone Cha Tae-Sik uses is a Samsung A900M.See more »
Quotes:
Storekeeper:[to Tae-Sik Cha] Kids will learn from their mistakes. Parenting isn't just giving birth. She's always by herself. Bring her around more often, like the other dads. It's on me.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Léon: The Professional (1994)See more »

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93 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Standard story, but superbly executed, 9 January 2011
Author: jon503 from United States

"This Man" is about as standard plot-wise as action movies get. A lone wolf type takes a little girl under his wing, the kid gets kidnapped, and he ends up having to go through heaps of bad guys in his quest to save the girl.

By all accounts, the movie should have evoked little more than a shrug. After all, anyone who has seen even just a moderate amount of action movies will have seen countless movies with variations of this basic plot. One might think of "Leon" or "Man on Fire" for some closer examples, or movies such as "Taken" in other respects.

What made this movie into my favorite action movie in a long while is the execution of that basic plot. "This Man" manages to create just the right dark, gloomy mood to match the story and all the characters are believable. None of the scenes appear contrived or overly tear-jerker. Another vital aspect for an action movie is, of course, that the action sequences are very well done. The movie is quite graphic, but not gratuitously so or for its own sake such as in many a recent horror movie (the Saw series comes to mind).

I guess the movie could be likened to a good apple pie - certainly nothing revolutionary, in fact quite the staple of its genre, but who would want to turn down a really good apple pie with quality ingredients?

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