A Taxi Driver
“In 1980, a foreign journalist hires a down-on-his-luck taxi driver to take him to Gwangju, South Korea. They soon arrive to find a city under siege by student protesters and the military.”
This movie showed the power of ordinary men doing extraordinary things. It showed how badly things can turn out when power is mismanaged. . I loved the acting ,dialogue and how they showed all the events that transpired during Park Chung-hee’s post dictatorship period.
The unity, sacrifice and their willingness to stand for what’s right despite the government attempts to shut them down. The movie reminded me of things happening in my country. Soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters, trying to silence the truth. The denial and abuse of power by the government. The taxi driver was like a mirror to the reality we live in.
It showed that there is no great country without those willing to sacrifice and that this fight is for all of us. The protagonist started out as a man who minded his business and wondered by students protest when they should just study, his character development was amazing as he grew to understand that it is more than him. The kindness and the absolute disregard for human lives could as well happen to him.
It didn’t matter if he was American, german, white, black or asian. Crime against humanity is a crime against us all. The friendship, love, empathy, loss, they shared brought them together under one umbrella and that gave them the strength to fight above all odds.
There’s a scene in the movie where soldiers shot at people even the injured and he and other taxi drivers had to use their cars to help save them. This was hauntingly beautiful and heart breaking. When push comes to shove, we can only survive together. Unity is a powerful tool that the government understands and tries to destroy.
A taxi driver is an absolute must watch with talented cast, the fact that this is a depiction of what happened in real life is heart breaking!!!!! To those who have lost their lives for causes bigger than them, we say may their names never be a waste.
Song Kang-ho as Kim Man-seob the taxi driver
Thomas Kretschmann as Jürgen Hinzpeter
A German reporter. The character is based on the life of Jürgen Hinzpeter (1937–2016), the late German journalist who filmed and reported on the Gwangju massacre.
Yoo Hae-jin as Hwang Tae-sool
A kindhearted local taxi driver
Ryu Jun-yeol as Gu Jae-sik
A naive university student who knows English
Park Hyuk-kwon as Reporter Choi
Uhm Tae-goo as Sergeant first class Park
Yoo Eun-mi as Eun-jeong
Kim Man-seob’s daughter.