Movie Monday: The Man from Nowhere (2010)

Link to the Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZ8H0xJaOI (Part I of movie, English subbed, just click on CC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDd_mNsc4lo&feature=related (full-length movie link)

Musings: Some of you may be a bit surprised by this week’s movie selection since I don’t usually watch violent films, but there was so much hype surrounding this movie that I just had to watch it to see what the buzz was all about. I mean, it was even showing in American movie theaters here in Southern California!

When there’s a lot of hype, one wonders how truly great the movie is. The film features Won Bin, whose performance reportedly caused many fights among Korean couples who went to watch the movie together; apparently, the women in the audience couldn’t stop exclaiming throughout the movie: “He’s so awesome! He’s so handsome! He’s so muh-shi-suh!” So a part of me wondered if all that Won-Bin love from the female fans didn’t have an effect on the hype that was swirling around this movie.

Nope. It lived up to its hype, although the eye-candy certainly didn’t hurt. LOL

At first, it reminded me of Taken, starring Liam Neeson (2008), but the only similarity is that an ex-trained operative fights to rescue someone he loves. Beyond that, the movie–despite its harsh look at violence, sex-trafficking, murder, etc.–is about a man who  is simply trying to exist through life and a little girl who desperately wants a father figure/friend. They form an odd relationship that is touching and rare. Now, some of you may think that this movie brings nothing new to the table, but since I don’t usually watch these types of movies, I found myself flinching in horror, moved to almost-tears (I rarely cry when watching movies/shows), and pondering the depth of the relationships in my life and whether I would go to these lengths to protect those I love.

All in all, I appreciated the movie and was proud of the fact that Korean movies have come such a long way, especially in this genre to compete in the international movie industry. HOWEVER, this movie is NOT for the faint-hearted. As much as I found this movie worth two hours of my life, I don’t think I will ever watch it again…it’s too gory for my taste. No, I take that back; I would watch it again but fast forward through all the sick, violent parts. LOL.

Anyhow, if you are not fazed by violence and haven’t seen this movie yet, you may want to take a peek at it since it garnered such critical acclaim, especially for the young female actress who portrayed the little girl. And yes, there are a few comically moments, which brought a smile to my lips. LOL.  

Random Pictures for Viewing: 

Won Bin’s entrance in the film
The brilliant young actress who worms her way into the ahjussi’s heart.
The turning point
One of the rare funny moments…
…in which the two misfits show teamwork.
The heart-wrenching goodbye
The symbol of their relationship

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Created Musings back in 2010 when viewers were frantically searching for SungKyunKwan Scandal recaps. She currently blogs and comments from the US. You can also find her on FB (@SnoopysTwinkie), twitter (@twinkiedramas), and YouTube (Twinkiedramas).

17 thoughts on “Movie Monday: The Man from Nowhere (2010)”

  1. First as usual!! This was a great movie!! If you are not squeamish, add Chaser or I Saw the Devil to the list!! Amazing movies!! Same genre! My appreciation of Korean movies has increased ten-fold!! Very few Hollywood movies make it to my Netflix anymore

  2. Hi Twinkie

    Yes I watched this movie, had a hard time finding it and finally watched at my friend’s house.
    Great movie, have not seen Won Bin before as I did not watch Autum Concerto or whatever it was called hehehe
    Enjoyed the movie, the little girl is cute and it did not give me a ‘ what the h*** happened as most K Movies tend to do
    Another favourite movie of mine is My Girlfriend is a Secret Agent with Kang Ji Hwan – Hilarious movie

    Let us know any good movies, recomendations appreciated 🙂

    1. Ummm…you just outed my next Movie Monday selection. LOL. Perhaps I will go with my second choice then and save that movie for another week. 😉

  3. I liked this movie. Something that honestly shocked me was the actors that played the bad guys. For me, this was such a completely different role than I have seen these two actors in that I was blown away by their performance as well. I didn’t root for the characters (oh no no no) but I did find myself proud of the actors for their portrayal of such evil men and pulling it off.

  4. Omg Twinkie, we must be like linked mentally cuz I just saw this movie a couple of days again and like totally fell in love with Won Bin. He is such a smexy adjussi (he wears his age dang good!!!!)

    I am so happy to have found your website and I love love love Movie Mondays!!!
    Can’t wait to see what you recommend next.

    ^_^ Twinkie HWAITING !!!

    1. LOL. I don’t think Won Bin qualifies as ahjussi to us, just to the little girl. To us…he’s more “oppa.” LOL.
      Anyhow, I’m glad you found “Musings” and are enjoying Movie Mondays. 🙂

  5. Apparently this movie is going to be remade by Hollywood. I hope they don’t ruin it, honestly. This movie was very good but very shocking. I’ve seen movies with this type of gore but seeing a movie with the situations that happened just shocked me and drew me into the story. Please Hollywood, don’t mess this up *glare*

    1. I tend to avoid Hollywood remakes…the remakes just don’t seem to embody the same tone and overall feel of the movies and just end up weaker versions of the originals. 🙁

  6. i’ve already watched this weeks ago and what made me love this movie was because of the great and intense acting of the actors.i can say eyes speak louder than words..it has a simple plot & wonbin had a few lines but it’s as if his eyes were also acting..i can almost feel his pain and anger whenever the camera shot was focusing only in his expressions with those eyes..
    and those gangsters really acted well as if they’re really scary in real life..
    also the chemistry between the 2 lead stars wonbin and kim sae ron is a plus…they’re adorable..made me wish they would make a movie again which is totally opposite to this..a comedy perhaps?a bratty small girl and a hot-tempered man…that would be fun to watch…hehe =)

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