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 …
- Korean title "Ajusshi" means literally "mister".
- Director Lee Jeong-Beom started writing the screenplay in January, 2010. The first draft was finished in 3 months.
- 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.
- 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.
- Filming began December, 2009.
- 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.
- "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.
|Won Bin||Kim Sae-Ron|
|Cha Tae-Sik||Jung So-Mi|
|Kim Hee-Won||Kim Sung-Oh||Kim Tae-Hun||Lee Jong-l||Thanayong Wongtrakul|
|Man-Sik||Jong-Suk||Det. Kim Chi-Gon||Det. No||Ramrowan|
Additional Cast Members:
- Kim Hyo-Seo - Hyo-Jeong (So-Mi's mother)
- Song Young-Chang - Oh Myung-Gyu
- Baek Su-Ryeon - comic book store lady
- Nam Kyoung-Eub - section chief
- Park Seong-Taek - loan shark boss
- Jo Seok-Hyeon - Moon Dal-Seo
- Jo Jae-Yun - Jang Doo-Sik
- Hong So-Hee - Kim Yeon-Soo
- Hwang Min-Ho - Nam Sung-Sik
- Jung Min-Sung - information bureau
- Kwak Byung-Kyu - Det. Kim
- Yoo Yeon-Mi - Mi-Jin
- Ryoo Ui-Hyun - delivery boy
- Lee Jae-Won - Ddochi
- Jang Joon-Nyoung - Oh Sang-Man
- Kim Chul-Moo - workspace big man
- Ki Se-Hyung - unit member
- Ryoo Sung-Hoon - golf course big man
- 2010 (29th) Vancouver International Film Festival - Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2010 - Dragons and Tigers *Canadian Premiere
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 7-15, 2010 - Korean Cinema Today: Panorama
- 2010 (30th) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 14-24, 2010 - Spotlight on Korea *Hawaii Premiere
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival - October 14-24, 2010 - The Graveyard Shift
- 2010 (5th) The London Korean Film Festival - November 5-23, 2010
- 2010 (5th) Korean Film Festival In Paris - November 9-November 16 - Feature Films
- 2011 (35th) Hong Kong International Film Festival - March 20 - April 5, 2011 - Gala Presentation
- 2011 (13th) Udine Far East Film - April 29-May 7, 2011 *Italian Premiere
- 2011 (10th) New York Asian Film Festival - July 1-14, 2011 - Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers
- 2011 (2nd) Korean Film Festival in Australia - August 24-29, 2011
- 2011 (17th) L'Etrange Festival - September 2-11, 2011
- 2011 (5th) Seoul-Stockholm Korean Filmfestival - September 10-15, 2011
- 2012 (45th) Sitges Film Festival - October 4-14, 2012 - Brigadoon
- 2010 (19th) Philadelphia Film Festival - October 14-24, 2010
- "Graveyard Shift Special Mention"
- 2010 (47th) Daejong Film Awards - October 29 , 2010
- 2010 (8th) Korean Film Awards - November 18, 2010
- 2010 (31th) Blue Dragon Film Awards - November 26, 2010
- "Technical Award"
- "Most Popular Film (by ticket sales)"
- "'Most Popular Stars" (Won Bin)
- 2010 (13th) Director's Cut Awards - December 17, 2010
- "Best Producer" (Lee Tae-Hun)
- 2010 (2nd) KOFRA Film Awards Ceremony - January 27, 2011
- "Best Actor" (Won Bin)
- 2011 (47th) PaekSang Arts Awards - May 26, 2011
- "Best Movie"
- 2011 (33rd) Golden Cinematography Awards - September 1, 2011
- "Gold Medal Cinematography"