A Taxi Driver (2017)

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Movie: A Taxi Driver (택시 운전사)
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Runtime: 137 min.
Distributor: Showbox
Country: South Korea

Main Cast
Song Kang Ho – Kim Man Seob
Thomas Kretschmann – Peter
Yu Hae Jin – Hwang Tae Sul
Ryu Jun Yeol – Ku Jae Shik
Park Hyuk Kwon – Reporter Choi
Choi Gwi Hwa – Undercover Military Guy

Review
This movie is based on real events that happened during the Gwangju Uprising (if you watched Youth Of May you’ll understand this). A German reporter and a taxi driver from Seoul was able to sneak into Gwangju, film what is really happening on the ground (vs being reported on news and tv) and broadcast it to the whole world.

I loved the transformation of the taxi driver from just in it for the money to helping the residents from the cruel shooting. The shooting scenes were horrifying, the residents and fellow taxi drivers were courageous. The taxi car chase scenes were exaggerated but was good climax. Too bad the real reporter and taxi driver never met again after this event as I read the taxi driver died 4 years later.

Rating: 8.5/10

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