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Taeksi Woonjunsa (2017)

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A widowed father and taxi driver takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising.

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May 1980. A Seoul taxi driver named Man-seob (SONG Kang-ho) comes across an offer too good to be true. If he drives a foreign passenger from Seoul down to Gwangju and back again before the curfew, he'll be paid the unthinkable sum of 100,000 won - enough to cover several months of unpaid rent. Without stopping to ask the details, he picks up the German reporter Peter (Thomas Kretschmann) and sets off along the highway. Although stopped by police roadblocks at the edge of Gwangju, Man-seob is desperate to earn his taxi fare, and eventually manages to find a way into the city. There they encounter students and ordinary citizens taking part in large-scale demonstrations against the government. Man-seob, alarmed by the danger in the air, pleads with Peter to go quickly back to Seoul. But Peter ignores him, and with the help of a university student Jae-sik (RYU Jun-yeol) and a Gwangju taxi driver named HWANG (YOO Hai-jin), begins shooting with his news camera. As time passes the situation ... Written by Showbox

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Taeksi Oonjeonsa  »

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$331,854, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,527,829, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$833,339, 20 August 2017
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South Korea's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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[Man-seob sees Jürgen sitting against a radiator in the hospital ward, in a depressed stupor. He speaks to him in Korean]
Man-seob: Why are you sitting here? You need to record all this.
[He presses the film reel into Jürgen's hand]
Man-seob: You promised, to tell people. It needs to be broadcast, so people will know.
[He gently shakes Jürgen's arm]
Man-seob: You're a reporter. Shoot this. Jae-sik, and this, too.
[He grabs the camera and squeezes Jürgen's arm encouragingly]
Man-seob: Here.
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A masterpiece
26 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've been watching Korean movies for a long time now, and this is just another amazing work of art from Korea. Great acting, Song is one of my favorite actors, he is amazing in this movie, but all the cast is to be praised. The story is very well told, it grips you to the screen from start to finish and it is not a small movie. I knew part of the troubled history of Korea by i had no idea this massacred ever existed. The way the director gets us there is no short of an amazing accomplishment, you never feel the movie is too long or just going trough the motions, it involves you in the story, you really feel like you are there.


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