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A Taxi Driver

In this powerful drama based on a true story, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver hired by a foreign journalist finds himself in a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwanju Uprising.
May 2019
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Ticket Prices

$11 regular admission
$9 matinees (before 6pm)
$9 students/seniors/active military with valid ID
$8 MdFF Members
A Taxi Driver
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Director: Jang Hoon

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, and Ryu Jun-yeol


2017, South Korea, 137 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: In Korean and English with English Subtitles

Distributor: Well Go USA

Program Notes

Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC and the SNF Parkway co-present A Taxi Driver for FREE! Light Korean Food will be provided at 6:30 PM, before the film is screened.


In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. 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 in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea.

Critics' Praise

“An entertaining journey into a tragic and violent chapter of Korean modern history.”
— Maggie Lee, Variety

“A richly imagined tribute to a working-class hero.”
— Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“An effective — and affecting — fact-based political drama set against the bloody backdrop of South Korea’s 1980 Guangju Democratic Uprising.”
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

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