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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

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Jeong-beom Lee
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Cast

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 Hee-won Kim ... Man-seok
Seong-oh Kim 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)
Kyeong-eup Nam Kyeong-eup Nam ... Section Chief
Do-won Jeong Do-won Jeong ... Detective Park (as Jeong Do-won)
Do-won Kwak ... Detective Kim
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 »

Genres:

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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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, 1 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,460, 17 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,059,790, 18 November 2010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally has some elements of Mark Greaney's debut novel "The Gray Man" even though it was published months before the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Tae-Sik Cha: How many cavities you have?
Man-seok: What?
Tae-Sik Cha: I have a pawn shop... and I take gold teeth.
[pause]
Tae-Sik Cha: I take the gold teeth... and chew all the rest.
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References Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000) See more »

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Standard story, but superbly executed
9 January 2011 | by jon503See all my reviews

"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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