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The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

Won Bin (Actor) | Kim Sae Ron (Actor) | Lee Jeong Beom (Director) | Kim Sung Oh (Actor)
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The biggest Korean movie of 2010, The Man From Nowhere has been both a commercial and critical hit, garnering over six million admissions at the box office and scores of accolades at the Blue Dragon, Daejong, and Korean Film Awards. Delivering the most representative performance of his career, Won Bin (Mother) won Best Actor at the Daejong and Korean Film Awards for his magnetic turn as a mysterious agent who goes to increasingly dangerous and desperate lengths to save a girl, played by award-winning child actress Kim Sae Ron (Brand New Life). Four years after the acclaimed gangster drama Cruel Winter Blues, writer-director Lee Jeong Beom takes on the action thriller genre with a similar eye for humanity amid bloodshed, building the burgeoning violence around the protagonists' unlikely friendship.

Tae Sik (Won Bin) runs a dusty pawn shop in a seedy neighborhood, and largely keeps to himself. The only person he's befriended is So Mi (Kim Sae Ron), a young girl who likes to take refuge in his shop. Trouble knocks on Tae Sik's door when So Mi's junkie mother comes in to pawn a camera bag - a bag full of stolen drugs. Gangsters tear up the pawn shop to get the drugs back, and Tae Sik finds out in the process that So Mi and her mother have been abducted. Tae Sik can only hunt down the mob himself to save So Mi, even if doing so reveals his own dark past.

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Product Title: The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (初回限定生產) (日本版) The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (初回限定生产) (日本版) アジョシ ウォンビン・エディション 初回生産限定 The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
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Artist Name(s): Won Bin (Actor) | Kim Sae Ron (Actor) | Kim Sung Oh (Actor) | Kim Tae Hoon | Kim Hee Won | Thanayong Wongtrakul 元斌 (Actor) | 金賽綸 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) | Kim Tae Hoon | 金希沅 | Thanayong Wongtrakul 元斌 (Actor) | 金赛纶 (Actor) | 金成梧 (Actor) | Kim Tae Hoon | 金希沅 | Thanayong Wongtrakul ウォンビン (Actor) | キム・セロン (Actor) | キム・ソンオ (Actor) | キム・テフン | キム・ヒウォン | Thanayong Wongtrakul 원 빈 (Actor) | 김새론 (Actor) | 김성오 (Actor) | 김태훈 (영화배우) | 김희원 | Thanayong Wongtrakul
Director: Lee Jeong Beom 李楨凡 李桢凡 イ・ジョンボム 이정범
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Publisher Product Code: BIBF-8108
Language: Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025839457

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タイトル:アジョシ ウォンビン・エディション : 初回生産限定

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Professional Review of "The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

June 27, 2011

This professional review refers to The Man From Nowhere (DVD) (2-Disc) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
Won Bin throws his hat into the action movie ring with The Man From Nowhere, a generic thriller buoyed by awesome production values, solid style and a strong physical performance from its leading man. Won is Cha Tae-Sik, a down-and-out pawnbroker living next to Hyo-Jeong (Kim Hyo-Seo), an exotic dancer with a young daughter named So-Mi (Kim Sae-Ron). Hyo-Jeong is involved in all sorts of shady stuff, but So-Mi is all right; her worst vice is she's too friendly with strange men, namely Tae-Sik, who's gruff but not actually dangerous. That's because he's really an OK dude who had a run of bad luck, leading to his current crappy existence. Tae-Sik's tragic backstory is slowly revealed as he becomes embroiled in a drug and organ smuggling operation, during which So-Mi to is kidnapped by the bad guys. Their mistake. Tae-Sik's past is pretty bad, but it's nothing compared to the punishment he plans to inflict on So-Mi's kidnappers.

The plot of The Man From Nowhere offers nothing new. Tae-Sik is a skilled expert at various methods of maiming and killing, but personal tragedy has made him a wounded introvert. But against all odds, he finds his humanity reawakened by a connection to a precocious innocent. Think Leon meets The Road Warrior with a generous helping of Jason Bourne thrown in, and you should get the picture. That last comparison is particularly apt, as Tae-Sik's way with guns, knives and fists is fast and efficient, and director Lee Jeong-Beom uses plenty of shaky-cam to make the action more immediate and kinetic. Thankfully, the herky-jerky camera also hides some of the more extreme violence; The Man From Nowhere is quite violent, with blood, limbs and all sorts of viscera flying about, and the punishment may upset those who prefer their action heroes to remain PG-13. Genre fans who like their floors slick with blood will be satisfied, however.

Between action and chase sequences, The Man From Nowhere occasionally falters. The bad guys belong to a library of clichés, from over-the-top hateful to quietly honorable, while Tae-Sik and So-Mi's burgeoning connection is more routine than inspired. The biggest deal here is Won Bin, who downplays his prettiness and taps his dramatic skills to play a kickass action hero who possesses hair that ranges from "loose shuffle" to "efficient buzz." Those present to check out Won Bin's chiseled form will enjoy the many shots of his shirtless torso and gorgeous looks, while red meat eaters get their violence fix. In many ways, The Man From Nowhere is Won's Bittersweet Life, in that it portrays the actor as gorgeous and ubercool without making any apologies. There's always a danger of an actor looking more silly than suave with these sorts of vanity actioners, but Won Bin pulls off the part with gritty, coiled grace. With Man From Nowhere, Won Bin looks to have expanded the film genres available to him. He'd be perfect for Ninja Assassin 2, but hopefully he's smarter than that.

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March 28, 2011

This professional review refers to The Man From Nowhere (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
Korean writer director Lee Jeong Beom follows up his 2006 quirky gangster drama Cruel Winter Blues with the hard hitting noir action thriller The Man from Nowhere headlined by top Korean star Won Bin (Tae Guk Gi, Brother) as a man on a mission to save a young girl from evil mobsters. Although not exactly a prolific film maker, Lee certainly caught the attention with his finely crafted and offbeat debut, and here he again adds something different to what might sound like a pretty formulaic affair, with a sharp script that emphasises character along with action. The film was not only a huge hit at the box office, ranking as the top Korean film of 2010, with over 6 million admissions, but also with critics, winning a slew of prizes at the at the Blue Dragon, Daejong, and Korean Film Awards, including several for Won Bin.

The actor takes on the titular role as Tae Sik, a mysterious man who moves into a rundown neighbourhood and opens up a pawn shop, pointedly keeping himself to himself and ignoring everyone, apart from a maltreated young girl called So Mi (Kim Sae Ron). His efforts to lead a quiet life are soon thwarted when So Mi's addict mother leaves a camera bag in his shop that just happens to be full of drugs. Organ trafficking gangsters show up looking for their property, tearing his place apart and kidnapping the poor girl and her mother, holding them to ransom. Tae Sik is forced to return to the violent ways of his murky past, cutting a swathe through his enemies in a single minded quest to rescue his young friend before time runs out.

Although its plot is pretty straightforward, The Man from Nowhere is a rich and surprisingly human piece of action cinema. Lee Jeong Beom's script is full of small but telling details that bring his characters to life, mixing dark humour and pathos to engaging and frequently poignant effect. In this regard the film recalls Kim Jee Woon's classic A Bittersweet Life, slowly working its way under the viewer's skin in subtle fashion before landing a series of powerful emotional punches. Won Bin is on impeccable form in a career best role, adding real humanity to his flawed though basically likeable protagonist, showing a commanding screen presence and real star charisma. Whilst his decision to try and rescue So Mi does basically follow the usual redemptive character arc, Lee still manages to turn it into a wholly compelling and sympathetic journey, which makes the film all the more gripping as he notches up the intensity. What really helps the film to stand out from the crowd is the fact that despite its subject matter and various grim twists, it's an essentially good hearted affair, and despite flirting with fashionable nihilism, it comes with an oddly warm and upbeat glow.

Lee's direction is tight and perfectly judged, with an approach that is stylised and explosive, yet at the same time intimate and character driven, with the film's quiet moments being every bit as effective as its wild ones, if not more so. Though flashier than the more measured Cruel Winter Blues and vaguely similar in feel to the works of Park Chan Wook, he still manages to carve out his own style, mixing grit and gloss in a way that keeps the film grounded, tense and believable. This combines wonderfully with some superbly choreographed and well timed CGI free action scenes that keep the film rattling along at a near breathless pace for the last hour or so, and if anything the running time feels somewhat short. These include old school gun battles, fights and chase scenes, though the real highlight is a last act knife fight, which stands as one of the most ferocious in recent memory. The action is all the better for never being gratuitous, and though the film is frequently bloody and shocking, this never undermines its central drama.

The Man from Nowhere is one of those rare occasions when the biggest grossing film of the year is also one of the very best of the year. Thrilling, brutal and unexpectedly moving, it confirms exactly why Won Bin is one of the most popular actors in Korean cinema, and will hopefully propel director Lee Jeong Beom to the very top of the profession.

by James Mudge -

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Customer Review of "The Man from Nowhere - Won Bin Edition (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (5)

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May 12, 2012

This customer review refers to The Man From Nowhere (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
OUCH Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
I love the movie so much! BUT i bought the VCD version......Mistake made. I do not recommend it for anyone. It was dubbed over the korean with cantonese............ No they did not REMOVE the korean. It was two dudes speaking, screaming, and laughing on top of each other.... It kinda ruined the movie for me.
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March 13, 2012

This customer review refers to The Man from Nowhere (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
A most welcome surprise Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I thought I was buying this movie to enjoy watching Won Bin. For a long time in the movie his face is half covered by his hairstyle. I couldn't really see any serious acting on his face. By the time he shaved his head, I was already aware of the real reason why this movie is interesting and addictive: the character Ramrowan, a bad guy with actual brains! From the moment he gave Cha Tae-sik that first intrigued look, I was hooked. I am so happy I bought this DVD! The only thing that makes me sad is that the Thai actor who plays Ramrowan is not so well known outside his country. I hope to see much more of him in the future!
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August 7, 2011

This customer review refers to The Man From Nowhere (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
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One's past they should have left uncovered Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Tae Shik (Won-Bin) who looks like a gloomy hoodlum runs a pawnshop in the building he lives. His only interaction with the human world is a little girl named So-Mi (Kim Sae Ron) who likes stick around him. One day So-Mi's junkie mom pawns a bag with drugs hidden inside that she stole from some gangsters. When the gangsters find the whereabouts of the drugs. So-Mi and her mom are not only in a whole lot of trouble, but this also slowly brings back the past of who Tae Shik really is. With lightening fast speed, brutal techniques of an expert killer, and the calm and cold eyes of a man who fears nothing. Tae Shik not only has to deal with the gangsters to save So-Mi, but with the law on his track who has discovered his hidden past. With a big mob boss taken out of the picture, organs being taken out of people still breathing, drug trafficking, and a system using kids to do the dirty work. Tae Shik is not only ready to deal with all of the above to save the little girl, but what pushes him to do so? who is Tae Shik? wouldn't you like to know...

ps. I think this movie could easily be stretched out into a short series.
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May 16, 2011

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Nowhere Man freed by a child’s love (part 1) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
When Tae-shik’s (Won Bin) neighbour Hyo-jeong (Hee-won Kim) is brutally murdered and her little daughter So-mi (Sae-ron Kim) kidnapped by a drug gang, Tae-shik vows to rescue So-mi at all costs. For one, So-mi becomes a new ‘light’ in quiet man Tae-shik’s life, after his wife died in a brutal killing. A dark tragedy connected to Tae-shik’s secret past as a special military operative (his identity having a ‘lock’ on his history record). Tae-shik runs a pawnshop in a seedy district and shares his room at night with So-mi, at times borrowing the little girl’s MP3 player, while her mother works as a nightclub dancer or earns money for sex at her neighbouring flat. Although Tae-shik is accused of perversion by Hyo-jeong in his friendship with So-mi, Tae-shik respects the girl truly. But Hyo-jeong being a desperate drug addict and opportunist, steals heroin in a camera bag from a drug gang at her nightclub, just as police are raiding it. She then pawns the camera bag with Tae-shik to hold in his pawnshop, him not knowing the contents. But the drug gang learn of Hyo-jeong’s theft, and three gang members raid the pawn shop retrieving the bag of stolen heroine and abduct both Hyo-jeong and her little daughter So-mi in the process.

Tae-shik witnesses the kidnap and initially co-operates with the drug gang to get Hyo-jeong and So-mi back. To do so, Tae-shik is conned into a ‘delivery’ ploy to double cross a rival drug gang boss, with the drug traffickers tipping off the police of their rival bosses whereabouts when Tae-shik rendezvous at the rival’s crime den, which leads to Tae-shik getting arrested for heroine possession. But when Tae-shik runs after the escaping gang boss whose car crashes, he there discovers in the car boot the naked body of Hyo-jeong, stitched up after her vital organs are stolen. The deceiving traffickers and human body parts cause Tae-shik to fear heavily for So-mi’s safety. The police arrest Tae-shik and question him about his drug involvement and the murder, but on a respite Te-shik escapes the police, brutally injuring and killing several and continues his search for So-mi. Meanwhile, the police (after licking their wounds) make an identity search on Tae-shik’s past, soon discovering his ‘locked’ special military data file; a logical revelation considering Tae-shik can floor a team of policeman in the blink of an eye. On the run, Tae-seok locates the trafficker gang and a bloody confrontation at a nightclub ensues.
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May 16, 2011

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Nowhere Man freed by a child’s love (Part 2) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
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So-mi though is sent by the drug gang to a Chinatown district and kept within a house with other destitute children who are used for child labour and drug smuggling and the use of their organ parts. Eventually, Tae-shik locates the dreaded child/drug racket and evil heroine dealer brothers at their respective locales, leading to a bloody confrontation of gunfire and knife slashing. Although I’m not one for ‘heroes’, if ever abused children needed someone to rescue them from such horrible in-human despicableness, Tae-shik is the man. And boy, does he kick, shoot and slice some crazy arses.

Certainly an emotionally charged blood and guts thriller, at times grim like a CSI crime drama with violent blood letting sequences you’d associate with certain HK/Japanese fight movies. But it doesn’t excel itself into greatness on those levels. Anyway, aside to the thrills and blood spills, the acting is good, illusively and charismatically acted by Won Bin (who certainly as a certain Keanu Reeves air about him), and ‘orphan of the storm’ actress Sae-ron winning over again as So-mi like she did in “A Brand New Life” (brilliant in that!) and it’s quite a final emotional scene between Tae-shik and So-mi; emphasised by the melancholic song “Dear” by Mad Soul Child on the fade out. Its as if Tae-seok, the man from nowhere, soul brutalised as an engineered cold killing machine and losing his beloved wife and unborn child by an assassin, is allowed to regain his humanity by crying and hugging an innocent child he’d slowly fell in love with (in the right way of course). Tae-shik’s brief ‘heaven’ in time. So-mi could have been Tae-shik’s unborn daughter and irrespective of being poverty stricken with an heroine addicted mother, innocent So-mi was ‘pure light’ redemption to Tae-shik. All So-mi wanted, too, was a father, and it didn’t matter what Tae-shik did for a living, she loved him much. In one early scene, So-mi points Tae-shik out to two police officers as her 'dad' when she’s accused of stealing. But Tae-shik ignores So-mi so not to be questioned by the police due to his secret military past. But this ‘ignoring’ was an issue with So-mi, making the emotional ending more befitting. Its not only children who need human love. In fact here, it’s the demonised adults who need it the most, considering 'emotionally separated' drug addicts, vile criminals and hard men assassins who desperately needed their humanity back. Poignant ending.
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