Films

A Taxi Driver

A Taxi Driver, "Taeksi Woonjunsa"

Synopsis

Director

May, 1980 in Seoul, Korea. Man-seob (Song Kang-ho) works as a taxi driver living from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone and finding ways to pay the bills his deceased wife left behind. His life leaves little possibility for him to care about what is going on in the country politically, namely the military coup that followed the death of the long-term dictator Park Chung-hee and the riots that sparked in certain areas of the country, demanding for democracy.
After hearing about a foreigner (Thomas Kretschmann) who is willing to pay a hefty sum for a trip to Gwangju Man-seob makes a move to get the job. What he does not know is that the man is a journalist trying to reach the hotspot of the demonstrations, a fact the party in power is vehemently trying to hide from the general public and the international community.
Offering an entertaining and emotionally gripping depiction of a dark episode on the road to democracy in Korea, director Hun Jang never loses touch with the audience nor the humanity of his characters. It is a story of unlikely heroes and undeserved victims who participated in paving way for the birth of the democratic republic.
The film has been nominated as the candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign language Film by South Korea.

Hannes Aava


 

 (b. 1975) honed his directorial skills as an assistant director under Kim Ki-duk. His debut film „Rough Cut“ (2008) was written and produced by Kim and was much more commercially oriented than Kim’s own movies. Jang’s second feature, „Secret Reunion“ (2010) sold 5.5 million tickets, making it the second highest grossing Korean film of that year. His third film „The Front Line“ was a large-scale war movie that came out during the 2011 summer blockbuster season and was selected as South Korea’s submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. „A Taxi Driver“ is his fourth feature.

 



Filmography

  • Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (Rough Cut, 2008)
  • Ui-hyeong-je (Secret Reunion, 2010)
  • Go-ji-jeon (The Front Line, 2011)
  • Taeksi Woonjunsa (A Taxi Driver, 2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
18:30 - 20:47
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 070703
Sold out
03.12.2017
15:45 - 18:02
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 170201
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: South Korea
Year: 2017
Duration: 137 minutes
Language: Korean
Producers: Park Un-kyoung, Choi Ki-sup
Writer: Eom Yu-na
DOP: Go Nak-seon
Montage: Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum
Composer: Jo Yeong-wook
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-jin Yoo, Jun-yeol Ryu, Hyuk-kwon Park
Production: The Lamp
Festivals: Fantasia Fest (Best Actor), Busan

Synopsis

Director

May, 1980 in Seoul, Korea. Man-seob (Song Kang-ho) works as a taxi driver living from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone and finding ways to pay the bills his deceased wife left behind. His life leaves little possibility for him to care about what is going on in the country politically, namely the military coup that followed the death of the long-term dictator Park Chung-hee and the riots that sparked in certain areas of the country, demanding for democracy.
After hearing about a foreigner (Thomas Kretschmann) who is willing to pay a hefty sum for a trip to Gwangju Man-seob makes a move to get the job. What he does not know is that the man is a journalist trying to reach the hotspot of the demonstrations, a fact the party in power is vehemently trying to hide from the general public and the international community.
Offering an entertaining and emotionally gripping depiction of a dark episode on the road to democracy in Korea, director Hun Jang never loses touch with the audience nor the humanity of his characters. It is a story of unlikely heroes and undeserved victims who participated in paving way for the birth of the democratic republic.
The film has been nominated as the candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign language Film by South Korea.

Hannes Aava


 

 (b. 1975) honed his directorial skills as an assistant director under Kim Ki-duk. His debut film „Rough Cut“ (2008) was written and produced by Kim and was much more commercially oriented than Kim’s own movies. Jang’s second feature, „Secret Reunion“ (2010) sold 5.5 million tickets, making it the second highest grossing Korean film of that year. His third film „The Front Line“ was a large-scale war movie that came out during the 2011 summer blockbuster season and was selected as South Korea’s submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. „A Taxi Driver“ is his fourth feature.

 



Filmography

  • Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (Rough Cut, 2008)
  • Ui-hyeong-je (Secret Reunion, 2010)
  • Go-ji-jeon (The Front Line, 2011)
  • Taeksi Woonjunsa (A Taxi Driver, 2017)