A Taxi Driver

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Synopsis

In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea.

Cast

  • Song Kang-ho
  • Thomas Kretschmann
  • Ryu Jun-yeol
  • Yoo Hae-jin
  • Park Hyuk-kwon
  • Son Kyung-won
  • Baek In-kwon

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Metacritic

70
Aug 16, 2017

While the film clearly taps into the national zeitgeist, buoyed by a sweeping show of people’s power that ousted the president, international audiences should also appreciate the actors’ feisty turns.

Metacritic review by Maggie Lee
Maggie Lee
Variety
75
Aug 13, 2017

A Taxi Driver is a Korean epic, a tipping point in the history of South Korea. A little old-fashioned and a touch melodramatic, it’s still a compelling Korean “Year of Living Dangerously.”

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation