A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.
While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down.
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
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[taking the camera bag out of his taxi and handing it to Peter]
I don't know. I really didn't know. You said to follow, and then you sped off. I don't know the roads here. You know how hard I searched?
Hey, mister, that ain't so. People saw you take a U-turn.
Hey, Yong-pyo! Watch it!
Would he really take off without collecting his fare?
Here, the other half of the fare. So you just go back to Seoul. I'm better off on my own.
Gwangju taxi driver:
What? He charged 50,000 won just to come here?
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Before the end credits roll, a footage shows the real Jürgen "Peter" Hinzpeter speaking out his heart about the desire to meet Kim Sa-bok, the driver again in future. See more »
In one of the Blu-ray versions, the title card and Korean intertitles have been omitted out. See more »
Led by Song Kang-Ho's Outstanding Performance, 'A Taxi Driver' Is An Unexpected Delight
At first amusing then heartbreaking but riveting throughout its runtime, A Taxi Driver brings an infamous incident of South Korean history to cinematic life in an upsetting, hard-hitting & powerfully moving fashion, is expertly directed from start to finish, and benefits immensely from yet another rousing performance by the ever-reliable Song Kang-ho.
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