By Tim Lucia
Korean films are always dark, and The Man From Nowhere is no exception. Although it is still not as dark as any film by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Sympathy For Mr. Vengance) whose films could be described by Sam Elliott as “darker than a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night”. Jeong-beom Lee’s film is somewhat similar to Tony Scott’s Man on Fire, but without Scott’s trademark hyper-editing. Former badass special agent Tae-shik (Bin Won) lives a lonely existence as a pawn shop owner after the tragic death of his wife. He eventually befriends a young girl named So-mi (Sae-ron Kim) whose mother is a drug mule for a local gang. Tae-shik is given the product by the mother, and soon both she and So-mi are both kidnapped by the ruthless gang. Tae-shik rushes to their aid and quickly finds the mother murdered, and fears the same will happen to So-mi. He then infiltrates the gang and begins taking out its members in a brutal, albeit kick-ass, fashion. The Man From Nowhere is an intense, gritty, action-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the better action films in the past few years.