A Taxi Driver (택시 운전사)

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A Taxi Driver (택시 운전사)


Sunday Sep 03 01:00 PM
Thursday Sep 07 01:00 PM
Saturday Sep 09 07:30 PM
Wednesday Sep 13 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Korean Cinema 2017

Directed by Jang Hoon. South Korea. 2017. Starring Song Kang Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, and Ryu Jun-yeol.  Korean with English subtitles. 137 mins.

 This powerful true story is set in the midst of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korean history, and commemorates an unsung hero who helped expose the murderous dictator Chun Doo-hwan. Song Kang Ho (Snowpiercer) plays a down-on-his-luck taxi driver in Seoul who is hired by German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter (Thomas Kretschmann, The Pianist) who wants to cover the unrest in Gwangju. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle. Song Kang Ho is a fictional name—the real-life taxi driver's identity remains unknown to this day. Perhaps this film will help remedy that.

Read the New York Times review.

Read about the real-life taxi driver and German journalist.

Director’s statement
This film originates from the story of the journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter who reported on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, and the Korean taxi driver—he said his name was Kim Sa-bok—who drove him from Seoul to Gwangju. I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a great sense of pressure in depicting this event that left such a deep scar on contemporary Korean history. I wanted to portray history not as a grand process shaped by great figures, but as the culmination of many small decisions and brave choices by ordinary people—not an expansive mural, but a miniature seen from up close. I hope that audiences experience this film as if they were riding in Man-seob's taxi, listening to the stories of people from that era, and realizing that those stories are not so very different from our own.—Jang Hoon 

Saturday, Sep 9 at 7:30pm: Professor Young-a Park from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will provide a short introduction before the film.

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