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The Man from Nowhere (2010)

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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

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Seong-oh Kim ...
Jong-seok
Jong-pil Lee ...
Detective No
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Hyo-seo Kim ...
Hyo-jeong
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Old Woman (as Soo-ryeon Baek)
Kyeong-eup Nam ...
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Do-won Jeong ...
Detective Park (as Jeong Do-won)
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Detective Kim
Seok-hyeon Jo ...
Moon Dal-seo
Sang-Kyeong Son ...
Bear
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Storyline

An ex-special agent CHA Tae-shik's only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives nearby. Her mother, Hyo-jeong smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-shik with the product, without letting him know. The traffickers find out about her smuggling and kidnap both Hyo-jeong and So-mi. The gang promises to release them if Tae-shik makes a delivery for them, however it actually is a larger plot to eliminate a rival drug ring leader. When Hyo-jeon's disemboweled body is discovered, Tae-shik realizes that So-mi's life may also be in danger. Tae-shik becomes enraged at the prospect that So-mi may already be dead and prepares for a battle, putting his own life at risk. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing to lose, nothing to compromise See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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5 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

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The Man from Nowhere  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,751, 1 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,460, 17 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,059,790, 18 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Myung-min was originally casting for the role of Tae-sik. See more »

Quotes

Storekeeper: [to Tae-Sik Cha] Kids will learn from their mistakes. Parenting isn't just giving birth. She's always by herself. Bring her around more often, like the other dads. It's on me.
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References Léon: The Professional (1994) See more »

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What I didn't expect...
31 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

was to come out of the viewing experience wowed.

As I sat watching the movie. My general impression was, this is a good movie. It has a cool story. The acting is great, the characters are engaging. The action is good but not proving itself to be better than what most movies normally put out there.

Then came the end. And it ended with more than a bang. More like a beautiful, chaotic explosion.

This movie as a whole, was great. I am in WOW shock. Now, the end was amazing, but without the hour and a half of plot, story, characters, suspense, good fight/action scenes, sweet revenge, etc.... the end would not have been so incredible.

This movie is in comparison, like a cross between Taken, Bourne Identity (mildly similar to Bourne, he doesn't have memory problems or anything), Leon the Professional, and Man on Fire. Honestly. This movie rivals them all.

Its very gritty, very brutal. Very violent, and at times disturbing. But there is a lot of emotion and heart building up at the center of it all.

I don't know if you are one of those idiots who don't watch these movies because they don't want to read the subtitles and think that the dubbing is too cheesy and would take away from the movie, if you are. Get over it and you will end up experiencing a Dynamic movie you otherwise would not have watched.

If subtitles don't bother you. Then I suggest you go ahead and watch this one.


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