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The Man from Nowhere (2010)

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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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The primary weapon Ramrowan uses is a fixed-blade karambit. Specifically, the model featured throughout the film is a "Steel Tiger" Karambit made by Cold Steel; a Ventura, California based weapons manufacturer and seller. 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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Connections

Referenced in Dak-chi-go kkot-min-nam baen-deu: Episode #1.3 (2012) See more »

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Dear
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A better version of "Man on Fire"
19 October 2010 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I wanted to go see it but wasn't like super hyped up for it. It basically looked like the Korean version of "LEON: The Professional". But this movie is like the Korean version of "Man on Fire" with fight sequences that are similar to the "Bourne" movies. I heard this film really skyrocketed Won Bin's popularity, especially in Korea and I could tell why. He really is a badass in this movie and his charisma is overflowing in this movie. One of the girl in the audience couldn't help but say "he is so cool" in Korean during the scene where Won Bin's character is driving angrily while on the phone with the bad guys while showing some intimidating emotion. The plot isn't super original or anything, basically "Man on Fire" with a better flow and more dark and gritty with better action in my opinion. Overall this film was a lot better than I expected and also kept my interest from beginning to end while also being entertained. The style of this movie reminded me of "A Bittersweet Life" in a good way which is a plus with saturated colors leaning towards the dark and blue. Some people might get a bit irritated by the constant camera shot to Won Bin's face while he takes a pose like in some magazine or something. But I could tell it's to sell the movie to female viewers as well. Excellent casting, pretty good story with some slick action scenes make this movie really worth seeing, there is something for guys and girls.

8.3/10


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