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K-Dramas: Korean Films

A Taxi Driver

Set during 1980 Gwangju Uprising, director Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver is based on a real-life local hero — an anonymous cabbie (Snowpiercer star Song Kang-ho) who drives a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann) to Gwangju city and back so the reporter can broadcast details of the government’s murderous crackdown on a pro-democracy rebellion. After martial law is declared, students take to the streets, particularly in the southern city, where a military siege is on.

The film was a commercial success, and was also the second highest grossing film of 2017.
It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.