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THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (2010)


Director: Jeong-beom Lee

Writers: Jeong-beom Lee

Cast: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Hyo-seo Kim...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, drug content, and brief nudity)

Runtime: 119 minutes

Genres: Action/Crime/Thriller

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Tae-Sik Cha, a quiet, private young man, operates a small pawn shop in Seoul, Korea. His only real connection to humanity is a young girl, So-mi, who lives in an apartment nearby. The young girl's mother, Hyo-jeong, is a drug addict. When she steals an important shipment from the local drug lord, he and his gang teach her a lesson by kidnapping her and her daughter. The drug dealers also traffic in the illegal harvest of organs which is a very lucrative business in Southeast Asia. When Hyo-jeong and So-mi are kidnapped, Tae-Sik Cha understands what a precarious position he is in and that So-mi may already be dead before he can rescue her.

The local police are inept buffoons. They regard his story of a drug deal gone bad and the kidnapping as improbable, even though they have been targeting the same gang in undercover operations.

Tae-Sik is determined to rescue his young friend and exact his revenge on the gang.

One might think this task impossible but Tae-Sik is not whom he appears to be and he is more than capable in his quest.

This movie is not for the squeamish. There is blood and gore, and lots of it! There are also tender moments. I found this movie and the plight of Tae-Sik and So-mi completely engrossing. Great action sequences. A good example of one of the better action/police/crime/dramas coming from South Korea.

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