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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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Jeong-beom Lee

Writer:

Jeong-beom Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Won Bin ... 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 Jong-pil Lee ... Detective No
Thanayong Wongtrakul ... Ramrowan
Hyo-seo Kim Hyo-seo Kim ... Hyo-jeong
Young-chang Song ... Oh Myung-gyu
Su-ryun Baek ... Old Woman (as Soo-ryeon Baek)
Nam Kyung-Eub ... Section Chief (as Kyeong-eup Nam)
Do-won Jeong ... Detective Park (as Jeong Do-won)
Do-won Kwak ... Detective Kim (as Kwak Byung-gyu)
Seok-hyeon Jo Seok-hyeon Jo ... Moon Dal-seo
Sang-Kyeong Son Sang-Kyeong Son ... Bear
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Storyline

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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Nothing to lose, nothing to compromise See more »


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

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

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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.
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What I didn't expect...
31 March 2011 | by rdbrown-zeteoSee all my reviews

was to come out of the viewing experience wowed.

As I sat watching the movie. My general impression was, this is a good movie. It has a cool story. The acting is great, the characters are engaging. The action is good but not proving itself to be better than what most movies normally put out there.

Then came the end. And it ended with more than a bang. More like a beautiful, chaotic explosion.

This movie as a whole, was great. I am in WOW shock. Now, the end was amazing, but without the hour and a half of plot, story, characters, suspense, good fight/action scenes, sweet revenge, etc.... the end would not have been so incredible.

This movie is in comparison, like a cross between Taken, Bourne Identity (mildly similar to Bourne, he doesn't have memory problems or anything), Leon the Professional, and Man on Fire. Honestly. This movie rivals them all.

Its very gritty, very brutal. Very violent, and at times disturbing. But there is a lot of emotion and heart building up at the center of it all.

I don't know if you are one of those idiots who don't watch these movies because they don't want to read the subtitles and think that the dubbing is too cheesy and would take away from the movie, if you are. Get over it and you will end up experiencing a Dynamic movie you otherwise would not have watched.

If subtitles don't bother you. Then I suggest you go ahead and watch this one.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

5 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from Nowhere See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,751, 3 October 2010

Gross USA:

$528,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,723,232
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2.35 : 1
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