The Man from Nowhere (film)
|The Man from Nowhere|
Original Korean poster
|Directed by||Lee Jeong-beom|
|Produced by||Lee Tae-heon|
|Written by||Lee Jeong-beom|
|Music by||Shim Hyun-jeong|
|Editing by||Kim Sang-beom|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Running time||119 minutes|
The Man from Nowhere (Hangul: 아저씨; RR: Ajeossi; MR: Ajŏssi) is a South Korean action-thriller film starring Won Bin and written and directed by Lee Jeong-beom. It was Korea's highest grossing film in 2010, with 6,228,300 admissions and a revenue of 47.10 billion won. The film was released in the United States and Canada on October 1, 2010. The film follows the story of a vengeful man who embarks on a murderous rampage when the only person who seems to understand him is taken from him.
Operating a pawn shop in a small neighborhood, the non-sociable Cha Tae-sik (Won Bin) now leads a quiet life. His only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives next door. So-mi’s mother, Hyo-jeong, is a heroin addict who steals drugs from a feared organized crime group. She pawns her camera bag to Tae-sik; he does not realize it has the stolen drugs inside. When Oh, a powerful crime lord finds out about the gang's stolen drugs, orders his associate and subordinate Man-Seok to retrieve the drugs. When Man-Seok's henchmen find out where the drugs are, by torturing Hyo-jeong, they proceed to kidnap her and her daughter. Three gang members are sent to Tae-sik's pawn shop to retrieve the stolen drugs, but they are easily overpowered by Tae-sik. However, upon learning that the gang now has in their possession both Hyo-jeong and So-mi, Tae-sik gives the beaten gang members the camera bag and its contents.
Realizing that Tae-sik may serve better as a mule than their former thug, the gang brothers that blackmailed Tae-sik – the cold and arrogant Man-seok and the psychotic and flamboyant Jong-seok – promise to release Hyo-jeong and So-mi under the condition that Tae-sik make a delivery for them. Tae-sik makes the decision to face the outside world in order to rescue So-mi. However, the delivery was part of a larger plot to eliminate the brothers former boss, Oh. Police arrest Tae-sik and discover Hyo-jeong's body, with her organs harvested, in the back of the car he used to make the delivery, and Tae-sik realizes that So-mi is also in danger. Tae-sik escapes from the police station to search for So-mi. During his escape, the police are bewildered at Tae-sik's display of power, combat techniques, and agility. They further investigate his bio and find out that he was once a black operations agent for the Korean government with numerous commendations, but left the Service after his pregnant wife was murdered by an assassin. The assassin shot Tae-sik twice, but was killed by another agency's officers before he could kill Tae-sik.
A determined narcotics cop contacts a weakened Tae-sik after his encounter with the gang's highly refined Thai street thug, Ramrowan, who works for the brothers. Now with the knowledge that So-mi is being used as an "ant" – a child used by Chinese gangs to smuggle drugs and money – and that she will be killed to harvest her organs, Tae-sik sets out to locate and save So-mi.
Tae-sik finds and frees several child slaves in a drug manufacturing plant, in the process and killing off the younger of the brothers in charge of the gang, Jong-seok. He tracks the elder brother, Man-seok, to the gang's condo. Man-seok shows him a vessel containing what he says are So-mi's eyes, explaining that he has had her killed to avenge his brother's death. In a rage, Tae-sik kills the gang members, including Ramrowan and Man-seok.
Tae-sik is preparing to commit suicide out of his grief when a scared and dirty So-mi emerges from the darkness. She had been saved by Ramrowan; he had taken pity on her because she had been kind to him. It is then revealed that the eyes in the container belonged to the gangster's harvesting surgeon, who had been killed off-camera by Ramrowan. A police escort takes Tae-sik and So-mi together in the back of the detective’s car, to take Tae-sik into custody. While she sleeps, Tae-sik asks if they can be dropped off at a small convenience store. Tae-sik buys a backpack along with other school supplies. He tells her that she's going to be on her own now, as the police have to take him away. Before he goes, he asks her for a hug, and breaks down in tears as they embrace.
- Won Bin...as Cha Tae-sik
- Kim Sae-ron...as So-mi
- Kim Hee-won...as Man-seok
- Kim Sung-oh...as Jong-seok
- Kim Tae-hoon...as Detective Kim Chi-gon
- Thanayong Wongtrakul...as Ramrowan
- Kim Hyo-seo...as Hyo-jeong, So-mi's mom
- Lee Jong-yi...as Detective No
- Song Young-chang...as Oh Myung-gyu
- Baek Soo-ryun...as book store lady
- Nam Kyeong-eup...as section chief
- Park Sung-taek...as loan shark boss
- Jo Seok-hyuon...as Moon Dal-seo
- Jo Jae-yun...as Jang Doo-sik
- Hong So-hee...as Yeon-soo
- Hwang Min-ho...as Nam Sung-Sik
- Jung Min-sung...as information bureau
- Kwak Byung-Kyu...as Detective Kim
- Ryoo Ui-hyun...as delivery boy
- Lee Jae-won...as Ddochi
During its August 6–8 opening weekend, the film recorded 712,840 admissions, taking the number 1 spot on the box office charts for five weeks straight. It had sold a total of 6,228,300 tickets when it finished its theatrical run on November 17, 2010. The film grossed a total of $42,484,155 in South Korea. On October 1, 2010 CJ Entertainment gave the film a limited theatrical release to North American theaters where it grossed $35,751 in 1 theater its opening weekend. After widening the release up to 19 theaters, the film grossed $528,175 in the U.S. and Canada.
The Man from Nowhere has received positive reviews from English-language critics. As of August 2013, six of six critics gave 'Fresh' reviews, according to Rotten Tomatoes (RT). One of those critics, Russell Edwards of Variety, wrote:
"Brutal violence dominates the dynamic Korean thriller The Man From Nowhere. Local heartthrob Won Bin (Mother, Tae Guk Gui) transforms himself into an action hero in writer-helmer Lee Jeong-beom’s swift and blood-soaked yarn, about a mystery man who gets caught up in a gang war while trying to protect a child, recalling Luc Besson’s The Professional."
- 2010: (19th) Buil Film Awards – October 8
- Best Music: Shim Hyun-jung
- Special Award (Buil Independence Judge): The Man from Nowhere
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival – October 14–24
- "Graveyard Shift Special Mention": The Man from Nowhere
- 2010: (47th) Grand Bell Awards – October 29
- 2010: (8th) Korea Film Awards – November 18
- 2010: (31st) Blue Dragon Film Awards – November 26
- Technical Award: Park Jung-ryul (for action scenes)
- Popularity Award: Won Bin
- Box Office Award: The Man from Nowhere
- 2010: (2nd) Korean Wave Industry Awards – December 4
- Popular Culture Award (Film section): The Man from Nowhere
- 2010: (6th) University Film Festival of Korea – December 13
- 2010: (13th) Director's Cut Awards (Korea) – December 17
- Best Production: Opus Pictures (Lee Tae-heon) The Man from Nowhere
- 2010: (11th) National Assembly Society of Popular Culture & Media Awards (Korea) – December 20
- Movie of the Year: The Man from Nowhere
- 2011: (2nd) Film Journalists Association Annual Film Awards (Korea) – January 27
- Best Actor: Won Bin
- 2011: (8th) MaxMovie Awards (Korea) – February 1
- 2011: (3rd) Beaune International Thriller Film Festival – March 30 – April 3
- Grand Prize: The Man from Nowhere
- 2011: (47th) PaekSang Arts Awards – May 26
- Best Movie: The Man from Nowhere
- 2011: (33rd) Golden Cinematography Awards – September 1
- Gold Medal Cinematography: Lee Tae-yoon
- 2010 (6th) Fantastic Fest – September 23–30, 2010 – *US Premiere
- 2010 (29th) Vancouver International Film Festival – Sept. 30 – Oct. 15, 2010 – Dragons and Tigers *Canadian Premiere
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival – October 7–15, 2010 – Korean Cinema Today: Panorama
- 2010 (30th) Hawaii International Film Festival – October 14–24, 2010 – Spotlight on Korea *Hawaii Premiere
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival – October 14–24, 2010 – The Graveyard Shift
- 2010 (5th) London Korean Film Festival – November 5–23, 2010 – Opening Gala Film
- 2011 (22nd) Palm Springs International Film Festival – January 6–17, 2011 – World Cinema Now
- 2011 (29th) San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival – March 10–20, 2011 – Special Presentation at Castro Theatre
- 2011 (35th) Hong Kong International Film Festival – March 20 – April 5, 2011 – Gala Presentation
- 2011 (35th) Cleveland International Film Festival – March 24 – April 3, 2011 – Pacific Pearls
- 2011 (3rd) Beaune International Thriller Film Festival – March 30 – April 3, 2011 – Official Section – Competition
- 2011 (32nd) Valencia Mostra Action and Adventure Film Festival – April 7–14, 2011 – Official Section
- 2011 (25th) The Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) – April 7–17, 2011
- 2011 (3rd) CPH PIX (Copenhagen Film Festival) – April 14 – May 1, 2011 – Asian Connection
- 2011 (13th) Udine Far East Film Festival – April 29 – May 7, 2011 *Italian Premiere
- 2011 (10th) New York Asian Film Festival – July 1–14, 2011 – Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers
- 2011 New Zealand International Film Festival – Jul – Nov, 2011
- 2011 (2nd) Korean Film Festival in Australia – Aug 24-29 & Sep 10-13, 2011
- 2011 (17th) L'Etrange Festival – September 2–11, 2011
|The Man from Nowhere Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Mad Soul Child, Mystery|
|Released||August 4, 2010|
|Mad Soul Child, Mystery chronology|
- The Man From Nowhere
- In Tae - Sik s Memory
- Trash Can
- Mother In Danger
- Chasing Her
- Chain Of Mystery
- Fights In Golf Club
- Finding Clue
- Dark Knight
- Somi in Danger
- Surviving Today
- Agent. Tae - Sik
- Dirty Cash - Mystery
- His Path Of Life
- There's No One But You
- Shave Himself
- Delivering Drug
- Jump Off
- Spit - Mystery
- The Last Bullet
- Dear - Mad Soul Child
In March 2012, Dimension Films acquired the rights to do an English-language remake of The Man From Nowhere; plans are to have Shawn Christensen, who wrote and directed the 2012 short film Curfew, write the adaptation.
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- "Shawn Christensen To Write ‘The Man From Nowhere’ Redo For Dimension Films". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.