A taxi driver played by Song Kang-Ho helps a German reporter cover the Gwangju Uprising Based on the true story of German reporter Jürgen Hinzpeter and Korean taxi driver Kim Sa-Bok.Jürgen Hinzpeter covered the Gwangju Uprising, which took place from May 18-27, 1980 in Gwangju, South Korea.
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A TAXI DRIVER needs to be approached as a kind of middlebrow mass entertainment. The kind that the less-aesthetically-advanced thoughtfully extol. The Korean diplomatic corp must especially love it. And it is fun for a while. The American equivalent would be something like ARGO. Which was not fun. But equally, err, liberal w/ the ol' artistic license (read: horseshit). Obviously Song Kang-Ho is beyond terrific.
For years, taxi drivers in films had come in many shapes and forms, from heroes to criminals, from social observers to repressed individuals. But this is the first film to depict a taxi driver as a real life hero.
One wouldn't think there would be a sense of levity in a film about the Gwangju Uprising in 1980 but Jang Hun's film seems to want to be both political and entertaining and takes full advantage of star Song Kang-Ho to try to pull it off. Unfortunately those moments of audience pandering do take away from the final result turning what could have been a powerful film into something more forgettable.
Seemed like amateur cinema. A lot of the scenes and dialogue were unnecessary. They shouldnt have tried to mix comedy into a film inspired by true events that were indeed very frightening. Although the comedic parts were placed at non-serious scenes- it just made me feel like i was watching 2 separate films and it was pretty uncomfortable. This true story deserved a much better outcome. A lil disappointed.
Una storia vera così incredibile da sembrare inventata, opportunamente spettacolarizzata per l'occasione ma non per questo meno efficace. "A Taxi Driver" è un fulgido esempio di sublime intrattenimento popolare, che riesce allo stesso tempo a far divertire, riflettere e pure a cacciar fuori dei grossi lacrimoni (anche al più insensibile degli spettatori, ci scommetto). Il cinema che ti fa reinnamorare del cinema.
A TAXI DRIVER (Jang Hoon, South Korea): avvincente dramma storico-avventuroso che racconta un episodio tragico della storia coreana, il Massacro di Gwangju. Song Kang-ho è perfetto nel ruolo di un taxista catapultato nel mezzo di una guerra civile che risveglia in lui una visione più critica sul mondo. Tratto da una storia vera, il film riesce bene a mescolare dramma e comicità, come nel miglior cinema coreano.
I saw this recently at an exclusive screening in London. Such is the star power of Kang-Ho that 90% of the audience were Koreans taking time off their trip to visit the cinema in the middle of summer! The two leads have amazing chemistry, and the plot, based on a true story, is paced nicely. But like most high budget Asian cinema it all gets a bit wacky fantasy towards the end, and quite laughable.