If you’re looking for bloody, crime oriented action thriller with a captivating storyline and bad ass fight scenes, the 2010 South Korean film The Man From Nowhere is the perfect watch!
Although there’s a lot to be said about this film, I will keep it very brief because I want potential viewers to watch this film with very little clues as to what the movie is about so it doesn’t ruin the awesome anticipation and twists the film provides. The movie basically centralizes around a quiet pawnshop owner named Cha Tae-sik, who is befriended by his adorable little neighbor So-mi. Unfortunately So-mi is a product of REALLY bad parenting in which her mother Hyo-jeong gets involved with some gang activity and therefore provoking the sudden kidnapping.
The thing I adore most about The Man From Nowhere is that is follows the tradition of illustrating an intriguing story line in South Korean form. If you haven’t had an opportunity to watch any sort of South Korean cinema, they tend to pack a surprise punch to the emotional gut on top of already reeling you in with their beautifully compelling style of storytelling while orchestrating a power music score to top it all off. And it’s not any different with The Man From Nowhere, as I totally unexpectedly caught myself embarrassingly choking up with tears streaming down my face as my heart completely melted at certain parts of this film.
However, there is an immense amount of action and fight scenes we can’t forget about. The relentlessness of Cha Tae-sik in regards to finding So-mi is what makes the entire film so fantastic. Just as with American film regarding the one lone badass taking out a huge platter of skilled men, this follows the same format but with a little more brutal qualities, as Cha Tae-sik isn’t in game to just temporarily knock those who get in his way out. He is literally out to seek and destroy leading up to one of the best knife fights I have ever seen in film.
So quit skipping past it on Netflix, and check out The Man From Nowhere today! It is also available on various streaming outlets such as YouTube, Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu.