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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

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Taglines:

May 1980: A taxi driver heads to Gwangju

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Lamp See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

South Korea's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

Quotes

Man-seob: [taking the camera bag out of his taxi and handing it to Peter] I don't know. I really didn't know. You said to follow, and then you sped off. I don't know the roads here. You know how hard I searched?
Yong-pyo: Hey, mister, that ain't so. People saw you take a U-turn.
Man-seob: Hey, Yong-pyo! Watch it!
Tae-sul: Would he really take off without collecting his fare?
Peter: [to Man-seob] Here, the other half of the fare. So you just go back to Seoul. I'm better off on my own.
Gwangju taxi driver: What? He charged 50,000 won just to come here?
Jae-sik: Actually, ...
[...]
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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 »

Soundtracks

Short Hair
Performed by Cho Yong-pil
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Very heartwarming
27 March 2018 | by jayceeDopeSee all my reviews

The lead actor is very good. This is a funny and emotional film at the same time. The story made me wonder how much of the information we get from the media is accurate and true. It also made me guilty of being passive to national conflicts that does not affect me directly.


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