Profile: 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.
Profile Movie: Hit-and-Run Squad (뺑반) Release Date: January 30, 2019 Runtime: 133 min. Genre: Crime / Action Distributor: Showbox Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Main Cast Gong Hyo Jin – Eun Siyeon Ryu Jun Yeol – Seo Min Jae Jo Jung Seok – Jung Jae Cheol Jeon Hye Jin – Woo Sun Young Yum Jung Ah – Yoo Ji Hyun Lee Sung Min – Jung Jae Son Suk Gu – Ki Tae Ho
Review: This movie is about a police team in-charge of hit and run accidents. One of the cases involves an arrogant race car driver avoiding arrest and lying about the hit and run incident a few months ago which later turns out to be much more – bribery, death, betrayal. But our squad is staking their lives to catch him before he flees the country.
I think the real star of this movie is Ryu Jun Yeol’s character Minjae who at first looked like an eccentric cop with good instincts but once we find out more about his past, we realize he isn’t as clueless as he seems. I love his relationship with his dad and the ambulance scene was 😭😭😭.
I’m not used to seeing Jo Jung Suk as the bad guy but he kind of has that scary look on his face when he tries to threaten Siyeon or Minjae. There were two scenes which I think were inspired by fast and the furious when Jaecheol was running after Minjae and Siyeon.
I was expecting more of Gong Hyojin’s character Siyeon but she didnt do much. I liked her with Taeho, i’m happy he didn’t die. That twist with her boss was unexpected but was so sudden it didnt really had much impact.
The ending also felt incomplete. So what happened to the boss? Is there a sequel? Kim Go Eun’s character is only a cameo? The police commissioner’s accident is he dead?