Best Films of 2010 | 2010 Releases | #4. The Man From Nowhere aka Ajusshi | dir. Lee Jeong Beom | starring. Won Bin, Kim Sae Ron
The Man From Nowhere is violent, daring, bold (in terms of the themes that they touch—- human/child trafficking, organ trafficking, cocaine/drug trade, child labor) and an authentic, ruthless, superbly, superbly made film. But at the same time it has an absolutely genuine emotional core, which is the friendship between the little girl and the main character. I’d call it a mix between The Professional and Eastern Promises in terms of the tone and themes of the film. This film and Eastern Promises are my picks for the best action/thriller films in the past 5 years.
The acting was a huge part of why I loved the film. Won Bin plays the title character and is kind of like a younger Leonardo DiCaprio/Johnny Depp because he is incredibly charismatic and very ridiculously good-looking. His performance in this film is astonishing. He has very expressive eyes, and he uses them well. And the little girl, Kim Sae Ron is incredible as well. She delivers several heart-wrenching monologues with such honesty that really shook me and balances out with the gruesome and ruthless parts of the film well. Technically too, the film is superb—- the cinematography is breathtaking —- especially in certain scenes, and the action choreography and all the fight scenes are some of the best I’ve seen, possibly ever. I’ll bring up Eastern Promises again because there’s also a knife scene and they’re probably on par in how epic each of their knife fight scenes were.