The Man From Nowhere

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  • Movie: The Man From Nowhere (English title)
  • Revised romanization: Ahjeosshi
  • Hangul: 아저씨
  • Director: Lee Jeong-Beom
  • Writer: Lee Jeong-Beom
  • Producer: Lee Tae-Hun, Kim Sung-Woo
  • Cinematographer: Lee Tae-Yoon
  • Release Date: August 5, 2010
  • Runtime: 119 min.
  • Genre: Action / Drama / Best Film-Movie of the Year
  • Production Company: Opus Pictures
  • Distributor: CJ Entertainment
  • Ticket Sales: 6,170,611
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


A heroin deal is set to occur at a nightclub. Undercover police are also in the nightclub waiting to make their move. A nightclub employee takes the heroin into the locker room. While the nightclub employee changes out of his uniform he is tazered from behind. Hyo-Jeong (Kim Hyo-Seo), a dancer at the nightclub, walks off with the heroin.

Cha Tae-Sik (Won Bin), known only as "ajusshi" in his neighborhood, runs a dilapidated pawn shop in a seedy part of town. He associates little with those around him except a young girl named So-Mi (Kim Sae-Ron). So-Mi lives near Cha Tae-Sik's pawn shop and often comes over when her junkie mother Hyo-Jeong has men over. One day, So-Mi's mother Hyo-Jeong comes into the pawn shop. She pawns off to Cha Tae-Sik a bag with a camera, which he will hold until she pays him back. Cha Tae-Sik is unaware that in the bag is the heroin she stole from the nightclub.

In a few days vicious mafia men come looking for So-Mi's mother knowing she stole the drugs. In the process they break into Cha Tae-Sik's pawn shop and holds him up. He hears on a cellphone young So-Mi's screaming voice and then gives the gangsters the bag that was brought to him by So-Mi's mother. The gangsters leave the pawn shop, but before they leave they shoot one of their own men dead. The gangsters also drive off with So-Mi and her mother.

Cha Tae-Sik must now go after the dangerous mobsters who stole So-Mi. In the process, Cha Tae-Sik must also face off against the police and his own mysterious past …


  1. Korean title "Ajusshi" means literally "mister".
  2. Director Lee Jeong-Beom started writing the screenplay in January, 2010. The first draft was finished in 3 months.
  3. Initially the main character was written as a 60 year old North Korean agent, but then revised to a 40 year old man. By chance actor Won Bin read the script and wanted to play the main character. The main character was then re-written to accomodate his younger age and his background as well.
  4. Yang Ik-Jun was originally cast to play a detective, but due to differences with the production staff dropped out of the film. In his place actor Kim Tae-Hun took over his role.
  5. Filming began December, 2009.
  6. The notable scene with actor Won Bin jumping out of a window while being pursued by police officers was actually filmed in several takes. A cameraman ran behind the actor as he jumped out the window and both used wires.
  7. "The Man From Nowhere" opened #1 at the South Korean box office collecting 702,631 admissions on its opening August 6 - 8 weekend. The movie took the #1 spot for ticket sales for 5 weeks straight & currently sold a total of 6,170,611 tickers.[1]


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Won Bin Kim Sae-Ron
Cha Tae-Sik Jung So-Mi
Kim Hee-Won Kim Sung-Oh The Man From Nowhere-Kim Tae-Hun.jpg The Man From Nowhere-Lee Jong-Pil.jpg The Man From Nowhere-Thanayong Wongtrakul.jpg
Kim Hee-Won Kim Sung-Oh Kim Tae-Hoon Lee Jong-l Thanayong Wongtrakul
Man-Sik Jong-Suk Det. Kim Chi-Gon Det. No Ramrowan

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mir CRIED ! so damn much.. best korean movie ever

Randy What a movie and the ending is just WOW! I too would like a Part Two This was well done and worth owning as well

moon kim sae ron's acting is the best.

ace I have watched this several times now. And each time I watch it, I notice even more and am even more impressed. It deserves all the praise heaped upon it. Heart-wrenching melodrama, stellar action, great villains, great hero. Cinematography was amazing. Acting was flawless. Love the whole Avenging Angel character. So, yeah...recommended.

I actually want a sequel. Because you just know So-Mi will be waiting at the gate when her ajusshi walks out of the prison.

Nanci Wow - what a ride! Finally viewed this after all these years. Won Bin's performance is amazing and the rest of the cast is great as well. Kudos to the director, the writer, the camera men, the make-up artists, and everyone involved. South Korea does it again! Have recommended this to all my American friends. Ko Mop Day, South Korea!

yan intense movie, very good acting of all the actors... Won Bin - Kim Sae Ron great chemistry...

fransec best movie action and recomend movies for viewers ... won bin hyung , his act very cool .. DAEBAKKK

Novita best movie and best actor Won Bin...

nahed this is one of the best movies! absolutely amazing!! a lot of actions!! the story is just amazing!! this movie deserves 10/10 ! i loved it ! such a great experience!! i saw it like ten times! won bin is a great actor , and his chemistry with the little girl touches my heart!! love it !!

Zoe There is a lot of blood in this movie, but overall it is one of the best movies I've seen. Great character development and great actors.

karai What a beast of a film... DAMN!

Cindy Awesome fight scenes, won bin was great! director of fight scenes - how talented! Love the knife fighting scene at the end!

Not to mention the part when he buzzes off his long hair!! argh...what a hottie!

Lina I'm so happy he's more well-known across the globe now. Yoshhhhh!!!

Consus Good movie so far. Kim Song Oh is not the sweet heart in this movie he's a great sadist. Can't wait to see how it'll play out.

Consus Good movie so far. Kim Song Oh is not the sweet heart in this movie. Can't wait to see how it'll play out.

May I just got done re-watching this movie and love it even more. Won Bin's acting is amazing. There are little things he does that are so subtle and brilliant and really adds rich and complex layers to the character. Absolutely superb acting. Now, I know it is just a movie, but does anyone else think Tae-Sik is not going to prison at the end? Because in the scene when the government officials were talking to the local detectives, and the local detectives thought the government official were going to take credit for bringing down the bad guys, the government officials said something like, "You have no idea..." and then proceeded to tell about how heroic Tae-Sik was in his service to the government. I would like to think that they will guarantee that he is not harmed or prosecuted. I know it's only fiction, but I was totally pulled into it. So glad to have come across such a great movie.

Bao I can not stress enough on how much I recommend this movie for viewers to watch! Won Bin is such a good actor and i will forever be a fan!

Binus It's one of the best movie i've ever seen and one of the greatest actor in a decade.

Karo Well, this is one of the successful movies of Won Bin. I never doubt in his acting. Whatever or whomever he acts, he does it greatly! WB u r the BEST FOREVER!!! All girls from Uzbekistan love & support u!^.^

Anonymous I love this movie..!

chie Wow .. So many award .. *goodjob

A little bit violence, but the story it's real happen in real life, in the other dark side of this world.

Good Joob

Riisa This movie had very good fight choreography. Won Bin mostly did all the stunts on his own!

Temberh I love this movie so much...

Abby (^_*) My student introduce this movie last year and only in this year I was able to watch it.

I must say that it is extremely splendid. I am from Philippines and I am very happy to experienced what Korean movie really like. And of course, not only Won Bin did a great job but as well as the other characters who did their part neither good or bad.

All of the personnel is worth praising.

Congratulations guys.

Even though, I watched this movie just now, well, It's worth watching for not a single episode was dull.

God speed guys!!!!

Kim Tae-Hyun From the second I heard about this movie I wanted to see it. I waited and waited for months and when I finally got the chance, I was not disappointed in the least. I'm from the US and this is one of the first few Korean movies that I have been able to see and the others are no match to this one. Absolutely amazing.

If you can handle the large amount of violence and bloody action scenes, then I highly recommend this movie for you.

Banu I just watched the movie.. really i gave a 100000 of 10... Awesome movie.. enjoyed every sec.. not even bit boring.. Must watch Won Bin such a great actor loved him in Autumn in my Heart... he should make more lead and action movies... he was like James Bond but hotterrrrr... I would have cast him in Iris 3... he is awesome..


Violera Three words: best movie ever! (I mean it) ♥

Banu That little girl is so lucky.. ^__^ if she grows up and still be making movie.. or famous.. she would be so proud of herself that she was in this movie.. with WON BIN... O__O awesome.. looking forward to watch this movie..

S@lly I hope they release the DVD soon because I'm planning on buying it, Won Bin you SEXY BEAST, and Kim Se Ron is absolutely adorable! I'm willing to stomach the heavy violence, but I probably won't even notice it because my eyes will be on Won Bin the whole time! hahahahahaha

Ki If you're able to stomach the heavy violence and some of the grim subject material in the film then you'll be blown away by "The Man From Nowhere". Due to heavy interest in the film, the screening I went to in Daegu, South Korea had only seats left in the front row (the size of the theatre & screen was massive). While walking to my seat I wondered "I am going to see boogers in Won Bin's nose?" and "can my neck actually support my big head at a 45 degree angle for 2 hours?" Well when when the film started all that didn't matter.

Stylistically you can compare "The Man From Nowhere" with Kim Ji-Woon's "A Bittersweet Life" and Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy". Stylish, slick, heavily saturated colors leaning towards the dark. There's also gangsters, drug dealers, black market organ dealers and whole lot of scummy villains.

Won Bin also strikes an incredibly charismatic figure in the movie. Personally I felt Bong Joon-Ho's "Mother" was a great film in spite of Won Bin's mediocre performance. In "The Man From Nowhere" the film is a great film because of Won Bin's superb performance. The man takes over the screen in a way I last saw by So Ji-Sub in 2008's "Rough Cut". But I do have one axe to grind with the film - they did push Won Bin's striking image to the limits in too many magazine like poses. Girls may not mind, but I did become mildly annoyed with one or three too many panoramic shots of Won Bin in contemplation mode while gazing away into the distance. With that said, it's a very minor quibble in a vast sea of positives for the film.

There's also Kim Se-Ron who turns in a eye popping performance as the young girl stuck in a dead end life. Something about her expressions went way beyond her young years. Excellant casting choice. Also, all the ancillary performances were also on the money.

The action is slick and really keeps you on the edge of your seat. As stated earlier there's also oodles of blood spewed by razor sharp knives, glock hand guns, punches and kicks. Excessive? Depends on your taste. It teetered perilously close to my limits but by the end of the film, the means seemed to justify the end. Did I mention there's a helluva a lot of bloody action in this film?

Seriously if you can stomach heavy violence and want to see a great action/thriller check out "The Man From Nowhere". It's a heck of a movie.

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