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: The Pirates (해적: 바다로 간 산적) Release Date: August 6, 2014 Runtime: 130 min. Distributor: Lotte Entertainment Country: South Korea
Plot Set during the time when Korea is being founded as a country, this movie is an epic swashbuckling adventure of pirates and bandits trying to retrieve the Royal Seal from a giant whale.
Main Cast: Kim Nam Gil – Jang Sa Jung Son Ye Jin – Yeo Wol Yu Hae Jin – Chul Bong Lee Kyoung Young – So Ma Kim Tae Woo – Mo Hong Gab
Review Never thought to see a pirates movie from Korea and it somehow worked. I think it took a lot of inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean but still distinctively Korean. However, with the ridiculous premise of the royal seal getting swallowed by a whale, I was expecting more comedy action than serious action. With Kim Nam Gil, Yu Hae Jin, Kim Won Hae in the cast, they could have used their comedic skills to put some fun in this drama. Like Robin Williams’ Hook.
Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this immensely, even with the silly plot. I have watched more Son Ye Jin dramas and movies where she is crying or getting romantic so it’s a nice change for me to see her to action (I know she can do action, just haven’t watched them). This movie is made up of a stellar cast, I didn’t name them all in the main cast section, just the main leads and the baddies.
The movie is quite long, the first part gave a background to set the expectations and motives of the story, the second part is how the two separate lives of Sa Jung and Yeo Wol get entangled together, and the third act is where everyone comes together to have an epic battle on the high seas. There was also a mini romance between Sa Jung and Yeo Wol which was inserted in and which I loved.
Overall, fun adventure movie good for a rainy Friday night!