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A Taxi Driver (2017)

Taeksi woonjunsa (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 11 August 2017 (USA)
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A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.

Director:

Hun Jang

Writer:

Yu-na Eom

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Man-seob / Kim
Thomas Kretschmann ... Peter
Hae-jin Yoo ... Tae-sul / Hwang
Jun-yeol Ryu ... Jae-sik / Gu
Hyuk-kwon Park Hyuk-kwon Park ... Reporter Choi
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Undercover Military Chief
Soon-bae Cha Soon-bae Cha ... Driver Cha
Sin Dam-soo Sin Dam-soo ... Driver Shin
Lee Ho-Cheol Lee Ho-Cheol ... Hong Yong-pyo
Seong-hyeon Ryoo Seong-hyeon Ryoo ... Driver Ryoo
Min-hee Park Min-hee Park ... Joong-ryeong Kwon
Jeong-eun Lee ... Tae-sool's Wife
Young-yi Lee Young-yi Lee ... Hong Yong-pyo's wife
Saeromi Lee Saeromi Lee ... Suncheon shoe stall owner
Bong-ryeon Lee Bong-ryeon Lee ... Pregnant Woman
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Storyline

May 1980. A Seoul taxi driver named Man-seob (SONG Kang-ho) comes across an offer too good to be true. If he drives a foreign passenger from Seoul down to Gwangju and back again before the curfew, he'll be paid the unthinkable sum of 100,000 won - enough to cover several months of unpaid rent. Without stopping to ask the details, he picks up the German reporter Peter (Thomas Kretschmann) and sets off along the highway. Although stopped by police roadblocks at the edge of Gwangju, Man-seob is desperate to earn his taxi fare, and eventually manages to find a way into the city. There they encounter students and ordinary citizens taking part in large-scale demonstrations against the government. Man-seob, alarmed by the danger in the air, pleads with Peter to go quickly back to Seoul. But Peter ignores him, and with the help of a university student Jae-sik (RYU Jun-yeol) and a Gwangju taxi driver named HWANG (YOO Hai-jin), begins shooting with his news camera. As time passes the situation ... Written by Showbox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

May 1980: A taxi driver heads to Gwangju

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | German | English | Japanese

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taeksi Oonjeonsa See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$331,854, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,527,829, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$833,339, 20 August 2017
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Production Co:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The camera used by the German reporter has "DEUTSCHES FERNSEHEN" written, meaning German Television. The reporter, Jürgen Hinzpeter, worked for German broadcaster ARD, whose television network was known as Deutsches Fernsehen from 1954-1984, in line with the events in the current movie. The present name Das Erste has been in use since 1994. See more »

Quotes

Man-seob: [in Korean] What a miser.
[still in Korean, to Peter]
Man-seob: Glare at me like that and I'll rip your eyes out. You don't know what I'm saying, do you?
[Peter calmly puts on his sunglasses. Man-seob switches to English]
Man-seob: Let's go Gwang-ju.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll, a footage shows the real Jürgen "Peter" Hinzpeter speaking out his heart about the desire to meet Kim Sa-bok, the driver again in future. See more »

Alternate Versions

In one of the Blu-ray versions, the title card and Korean intertitles have been omitted out. See more »

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Short Hair
Performed by Cho Yong-pil
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A Taxi Driver Review: South Korean Cinema at its best & in its finest form.
30 September 2017 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

Movie: A Taxi Driver (15)

Rating: 5/5

I've been highly impressed long time by Song Kang-ho, and I've been watching many of his movies since later few months. I was highly excited to watch his new historical action drama A TAXI DRIVER, because the trailer was highly impressive. It showed how the film would turn out to be. I just wanted to see it as soon as possible and I finally got the opportunity.

A TAXI DRIVER, without a second thought, is the best South Korean film I've seen till date. From narration to execution to performances to presentation: it's perfect in each and every aspect. The change in the tone of the film has been brought up extremely well, thanks to its director Jang Hoon. The screenplay is never disappointing throughout, and the film comes out as both a refreshing as well as a memorable experience.

The film's editing is top notch as it doesn't take much of time to introduce and set up the characters as well as the storyline. As the film progresses, you find yourself connected to the characters, especially the ones of Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann. Both actors have delivered extremely excellent performances, and rather so excellent that I ended up rooting for them completely. When they smiled, I smiled. When they cried, I cried too. Rest of the supporting cast, especially Ryu Jun-yeol and Yu Hae-jin deserve a lot of praise.

The film's technical aspects are top notch. The visuals are breathtaking and the story is well captured by a first-rate cinematography. The film's action sequences are another major highlight, as they induce a lot of excitement along with tension as to what would happen next. The film's not extremely violent, and thus I recommend you to watch it with your family. There's no vulgarity or obscenity in this film.

There are plenty of emotional sequences which make the film a totally unforgettable experience. Watch the film and you won't find it difficult to guess which scenes I'm talking about. Various emotional, thrilling as well as action packed sequences have been elevated by the brilliant music.

A TAXI DRIVER is a hard-hitting film which must be seen not just for its overall excellence but also for the message it delivers to its viewers. It's hard and almost impossible to forget the film, as you're left highly emotional & impressed by the time the credits start to roll. In short, a perfect masterpiece from South Korea!


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