Movie: A Taxi Driver (Korean)


Nothing much to watch in cinemas lately, so I guess it's time for another Korean movie at home!

This time we're going to check out A Taxi Driver.

Duration: 137 Minutes
Genre: Historical, Drama, Political

The main actor is Song Kang Ho, the dad from Parasite.

The movie is about how a taxi driver sends a passenger, a German reporter, into the the fray of riots in Gwangju, a countryside village in Korea in 1980. The movie is based on the interactions of a real German reporter and his taxi driver who braved the journey. According to Wiki: "Hinzpeter was reporter for the ARD and the only journalist to film the massacres during the Gwangju uprising."

It's a movie of deaths, hope, camaraderie. There are always shining souls that are willing to sacrifice themselves for a higher order of things - to reveal the truth, to right things. To stand up for others, to help others even when it comes at a personal cost. The movie delves into much of this - and humanity shows itself to be both cruel and kind. People will do what they can to protect what they love - their family, their country, their freedom.

The more Korean movies I watch, the more I learn of its political history. When I visited Seoul a few years back, we visited museums but it was mainly about things like the invention of Korean language and Korean culture. The nice, glossy things nobody can find fault with.

Even then, there were people setting up huge tents in a big public square and passing flyers about the Ferry incident where many students drowned. When I was in Hong Kong maybe 4-5 years ago, I remember people camping out on the streets - I think for the Umbrella Revolution. It was my first time seeing protests in real life, and I was both curious and scared.

I can't imagine how life must be for people that witness or participate in protests or riots... all I see is carnage and dead bodies. I hope the destruction can be stopped.

A Taxi Driver is a very chilling movie, and so extra startling because of what's happening in Hong Kong right now. Without pointing fingers, I just think human loss of lives is just the saddest thing and I hope everyone can find peace.

I'll just end this post on a serious note.

You can read more about the Gwangju Uprising 1980 here.
You can stream the movie here.