The Man from Nowhere

Not the movie from the brothers, but a Korean action movie from 2010 that was immensely successful on the home market. It made a star out of young actor Bin Won. He plays a taciturn young man who never smiles and works in a pawnshop. His only contact with the outside world is a little girl who’s mother is a drug addict. When the mother steals a load of drugs from a dealer, he accidentally gets in possession of the drugs. Mother and daughter are kidnapped and he can only get them back by doing a job for the local kingpin. He does, but the kingpin doesn’t keep his word.

And then we discover that this young man is a secret agent, trained in the art of killing with every possible weapons, including his bare hands …

There are some similarities to Jee-Woon Kim’s A Bittersweet Life (and Taxi Driver): the protagonist is a cornered loner who unleashes all his devils to clean up the city. A thinking man’s action movie. Veers from melodrama to violent action and back, and probably counts a couple of plot twists (and improbabilities) too many, but otherwise great cinema, with a fascinating build-up: the first killings are off-stage, the next seen on security cameras, then a few bones are broken, and only near the end you get the full bloody glory. I think many people here will love this movie.

7,5 (out of 10)

Here’s the trailer:

#Seoultember is a month of watching and talking about Korean movies. Join it on Twitter. This review was first posted in the SWDb forums in 2011

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Simon Gelten

One of the most active contributers and senior reviewers of the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDB), Simon saw all Leones and several of the Corbuccis in cinema, most of the time in Eindhoven, the city where he was born. Currently Simon is living in Turnhout, Belgium.

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