Thursday, August 16, 2012

Movie of the Week – The Man from Nowhere

This week’s movie is The Man from Nowhere (2010).

The Korean action thriller is about Cha Tae-sik, a quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past. When his only friend, the ignored child of a tenant in the building, is kidnapped by a trafficking ring, Cha Tae-sik finds himself reverting back to his violent ways to find her and bring her home safely. The film is written and directed by great up and coming Korean filmmaker Jeong-beom Lee and stars Bin Won (who is also in the very good films Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War and Mother). While the story is really nothing new, the execution of the narrative is great, and the action is very well done and visually striking (though very violent and brutal). Korean cinema has become a powerful force in Asia creating many of the best films of the region in the last decade – films like: this, Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, The Host, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 3-Iron, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, My Sassy Girl, Memories of Murder, Thirst, The Chaser, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Bittersweet Life, J.S.A.: Joint Security Area, and Mother to name a few. The Man from Nowhere is worth checking out for fans of Korean cinema and action films, as this is one of the better recent action thrillers. Check out the trailer.

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