Title: The Man From Nowhere
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Lee Jeong-beom
Actors: Won Bin, Kim Sae-Ron
5 Kisses with a power kick to add..
Movie Description (Amazon)
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011 | Language: Korean
Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawn shop. He only has a few customers and a friend name Somi, a little girl next door. As Taesik spends more time with Somi, he befriends her. When Somi is kidnapped by a gang, Taesik tries to save her by becoming deeply associated with the gang. Will his mysterious past get revealed?
I confess, I am a fan of karate movies…have been since I was a kid watching those flicks that graced channel 5 every Saturday. There were movies like the Five Fingers of Death, The Shaolin Temple and more. The action and moves that these actors/actresses do are beyond amazing. Fluid is the only word I can muster when I watch these movies.
The man from nowhere is no different although the styles in Karate have changed. Please don’t ask me if I know that style because honestly I don’t.. Anyway on to the review.
There is something wicked going on that involves missing children and when Taesik’s little friend Somi is one of them, he aims to find her. Even if it means coming out of hiding and back to the life he left behind. You see Taesik was a special agent..a good one and once his pregnant wife was killed, he left that life behind. He befriends Somi, the little girl that lives in the same building as he. Somi’s mom is a dancer and thief, when she is killed & Somi kidnapped, Taesik goes to save her. And I mean save her by all means necessary.
This move is graphic..very graphic. But the action is kick ass and Won Bin has become a new hot man to fantasize about. He would do any book character justice…a tortured man just trying to move on and forget the past, but of course something has to come along and make him do the bad or good things he wanted to leave behind.
There is a story here people and a good one too. Taesik is a man who redeems himself and takes down a cruel and murderous drug empire while doing it. He also realizes that yes, he lost his wife and unborn child, but now matter how hard it may be, life goes on and there are others out who needs him.
It's not all karate moves here, but then that is just an extra bonus.
The Man From Nowhere is available on DVD (Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Netflix)