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A TAXI DRIVER Adds $1 Million to Tank in North America
Aug 29, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
SONG Kang-ho Hit Scores in the US
JANG Hun’s summer hit A Taxi Driver, featuring SONG Kang-ho, is starting to find success abroad, after exceeding USD 1 million in ticket sales at the US box office. The film is the highest grossing film of the year in Korea, where it currently ranks second, with 11.37 million viewers banked (USD 79.61 million) in 26 days.
Distributed by Well Go USA, the film opened on 41 screens across North America on August 11 and passed the USD 1 million mark by August 24. A Taxi Driver had its North American premiere as the closing film of the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on August 2, where it picked up the Cheval Noir for Best Actor for SONG’s lead performance.
The film follows a German reporter who travels to Seoul in May 1980 when he hears wind of protests down in Gwangju. He hires a cab driven by SONG’s character to take him there and what they find is beyond what both could have imagined. The film co-stars Thomas Kretschmann, YOO Hae-jin and RYU Jun-yeol.
JANG’s work, which follows hits such as Secret Reunion (2010) and The Front Line (2011), has been strongly received by the press in America. It currently has a 93% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes from 15 reviews, including positive notices from the New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily.