A Taxi Driver begins as a comic, period road movie before taking a serious turn to reflect on a critical event in modern South Korean history. In 1980, Seoul taxi driver Man-seob picks up a German journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju. They arrive to find a city under military siege and communication blackout by a government determined to suppress the fact that citizens have risen up to denounce the martial law proclaimed by the dictator Chun Doo-hwan. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or- death struggle to report the truth. This year’s Korean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. (137 mins.) In Korean, German, and English with subtitles.
Filmography: The Front Line (2011), Secret Reunion (2010), Rough Cut (2008)
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