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A Taxi Driver(택시운전사)

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Korea · 2017
2h 18m
Director Jang Hoon
Starring Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol
Genre Action, Drama, History

The true story of South Korean taxi driver Sa-bok Kim who accepts a job driving German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter to Gwangju. They arrive to find the city engulfed in a violent conflict between student protesters and the military. This zero-to-hero film, based on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, is a compassionate tale of selflessness, patriotism, and morality.

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Minh Bui Profile picture for Minh Bui

Based on true events, A Taxi Driver is an emotional story of an ordinary man turned hero, a man caught between his simple needs and a greater cause. It is so heartwarming to follow Man-seob's character development throughout this film.

What are critics saying?


Screen International by

A Taxi Driver can over-reach towards its final chase sequences, which enter the realm of fantasy, but they’re not enough to de-rail this fine film.


The New York Times by Andy Webster

The film climaxes with a breathless escape from Gwangju, as Kim and Hinzpeter elude government vehicles with the aid of other cabdrivers. But most impressive is Mr. Song, who persuasively conveys a working stiff’s political awakening.


Variety by Maggie Lee

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.


Los Angeles Times by Michael Rechtshaffen

Grafting the buddy picture onto the framework of the classic political thriller, director Jang Hoon also manages to find time for lighter moments of human comedy, and those seemingly disparate elements are deftly navigated by Song and his fellow fully dimensional characters.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

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.”


The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

In unexpected and wonderfully satisfying ways, A Taxi Driver taps into the symbiotic relationship between foreign correspondents and locals, particularly in times of crisis.

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