Original Title: Ajeossi
South Korea – 2010
Directed by: Jeong-beom Lee
Tagline: Should have left him alone
Plot: “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 (spoilers are edited out ;)), 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” (Taken from IMDB, Spoilers free).
Yes, one more South Korean movie. It’s not “my fault” that they produce so many outstanding movies and “The Man from Nowhere” isn’t an exception to this rule. Perhaps we’ll have many more suggestions from Asia as I still have to watch about 25 DVDs from a package I received from there.
Well, about the movie: Here we have a spectacular film in many aspects: acting, directing, the elegant photography… Plot-wise, it features the classic story, “hero has to save the little girl”, but besides that, we don’t have other clichés. One thing that amazes me, concerning Korean movies, is that they can be beautiful, but also be very cruel.
A few more opinions to convince you guys ;):
“The Man From Nowhere was the highlight of the London Korean Film Festival for me, as well as being one of the best Korean films that I saw last year. While it was no surprise therefore that the film has garnered a number of awards, or indeed that it was the number one film at the South Korean box-office, it was a surprise that it took as long as it did for the film to get an international distributor. For fans of South Korean and/or action cinema, The Man From Nowhere is a film not to be missed. (http://londonkoreanlinks.net/)
“The greatest aspect of the movie by far was the emotional side of the storyline. My heart was wrenched out of my chest, stepped on a few times, thrown across the world, and put back in my chest and bandaged with one of those cute penguin band-aids. I literally felt everything the characters felt, and for it I was an emotional wreck by the time it was over. I love a movie that can make me feel everything that a drama makes me feel, but in less than 2 hours. (I still love you, dramas!) (http://www.beyondhollywood.com/)
“If I had to choose a favorite genre for action films, it absolutely has to be the stylish and brilliantly violent thrillers out of South Korea. They are relentless, and don’t give into the Hollywood fairytale endings that are more delusional than the actual film. It is an extremely rare occasion that any foreign action film disappoints.” (http://www.dragonblogger.com/)
The Man from Nowhere is a movie that can please many people because it features lots of stylish action as well as a very sad and emotional drama. It is indeed highly recommended.