A Taxi Driver is a good movie and thrilling ride through Korean history [Review]

A Taxi Driver is a good movie and thrilling ride through Korean history [Review]

A Taxi Driver is a thrilling, tear-jerking, thoroughly entertaining Korean film.

Based on a true story, the film follows an out-of-luck widowed taxi driver, Kim (Song Kang-Ho), and his struggles to support his young daughter.

When a German reporter, Peter (Thomas Kretschmann), arrives in Seoul, he offers Kim a huge sum of money to take him to the town of Gwangju to investigate rumours of mass political unrest.


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But when they arrive, they find the city under military siege, and the scene of a massive political struggle known as the Gwangju Uprising. This 1980 protest was led by determined university students fighting for democracy under an oppressive military government.

What started out as easy money turns into a life-or-death struggle for Kim and Peter, who must evade the military police and escape, to expose this incident to the world.


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The film is suspense-packed, but the tension is carefully balanced with genuinely comedic moments.

There isn’t really much context about the uprising, but this only adds to the tension, as the audience only gets gradually absorbs clues as to what the uprising was all about.

Add to this great character development and aesthetically pleasing shots, and you have a winning combination.

Edited by Karly Cox

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Thrilling Korean history lesson

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