A Taxi Driver is a South Korean historical drama film directed by Jang Hoon released in 2017.
The film is based on a true story. During the Gwangju uprising of 1980, the German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter, interested in the event, decides to go there to film the urban fights. He uses a taxi for this and the complicity of the driver Kim Sa-bok. His name is known thanks to the German journalist who thanked him at a ceremony in 2003. The film's production reportedly tried to track down Kim Sa-bok, to no avail4.
It enjoyed great success in South Korea, becoming the second biggest hit of the year with over 12 million entries at the 2017 South Korean box office, for a budget of 15 billion won (around 11 million won). euros)
In 1980, a German journalist worked in Japan for a German television station. In May of the same year, the Gwangju uprising took place in South Korea. This movement, mainly student and trade union, opposes the dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan, established after the assassination of Park Chung-hee. He then decides to go to the country. He takes a taxi from Seoul to Gwangju and films everything he sees. His return to Seoul will be eminently complicated since they have to escape aerial surveillance. Back in Japan, he sends his film to Germany
Song Kang-ho: Kim Man-seob. A widowed taxi driver who lives with his eleven year old daughter in a small house. He is an ordinary working-class man who cares only about providing a livelihood for his family and is not interested in political issues. The character is based on the real taxi driver Kim Sa-bok, who remains to be found to this day.
Thomas Kretschmann: Peter, a German journalist
Yoo Hae-jin: Hwang Tae-sool. A friendly Seoul taxi driver.
Ryu Jun-yeol: Jae-sik. A naive college student.
Park Hyuk-kwon: journalist Choi
Uhm Tae-goo: Park Jung-sa
Yoo Eun-mi: Eun-jeong