Erik, the Asian Movie Enthusiast presents:
A review of “A Taxi Driver”, a South Korean drama/thriller from 2017 that is based on a true story.
This is set in May of 1980, which proved to be an especially infamous month in South Korean history. Our protagonist here is a widowed taxi driver who is attempting to support his young daughter. He’s low on savings and owes multiple months worth of rent. One day, he’s eating with his buddy and overhears another cab driver talking about a big fare that he’s scheduled to pick up at the airport. So, our protagonist decides to steal the guy’s customer – a German man who is visiting Gwangju for the day.
This cab driver is unaware of two important things. First, Gwangju has become an extremely dangerous place because the military has cracked down on the protestors in that area. Second, the German passenger is, in fact, a journalist who is attempting to record video evidence that will expose the military’s violent acts to not only the international community, but the South Korean citizens themselves – who have no idea of what’s going on because of governmental cover-ups and deceitful news coverage.
A must see film with great performances by Kang-ho Song and Thomas Kretschmann, among others.
Channel Asian Movie Enthusiast