Directed by Jeong-beom Lee and released in it’s home country of South Korea in 2010.
The Man From Nowhere is a harrowing revenge tale with an excruciatingly emotional heart. The film tells the story of Cha Tae-sik (played brilliantly by Bin Won), an ex secret service agent who runs a pawnshop. His next door neighbor is a heroin addict with a young child, Jeong So-mi (played equally as brilliantly by Sae-ron Kim). When they are both abducted by a drug lord to use for organ transplants Cha must search the city for the masterminds behind the abduction aswell as the child herself. This all enrupts into epic fight scenes reminiscent of other Asian masterpieces such as Oldboy and A Bittersweet Life.
The themes of family and parenthood are strewn across the picture and they all lead up to an incredibly emotional finale which almost brought me to tears just watching it. The lead performance by Bin Won is quite exceptional, his character barely speaks throughout the entire film but you cannot help but be entranced by his striking onscreen presence. The fight scenes are very well choreographed which is the same for almost all Korean action films I’ve seen.
This film is a spectacular epic with a pulse and a heart, something you don’t see in any genre let alone one of this calibre.