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A TAXI DRIVER Gases Up at European Korean Film Fests
Sep 29, 2017
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Gwangju Drama Schedules in Brussels, Frankfurt, Hungary, Madrid and Paris
JANG Hun’s smash hit A Taxi Driver has received five invitations from Korean film events in Europe taking place over the next few months.
Director JANG will personally attend both the 6th Korean Film Festival in Frankfurt and the 12th Korean Film Festival in Paris. The film has also been invited to the 5th Korean Film Festival Brussels, the 10th Korean Film Festival in Madrid and the 10th Korean Film Festival in Hungary.
Based on a real story, A Taxi Driver follows German reporter Jurgen Hinzpeter (played by Thomas Kretschmann), who came to Seoul in May 1980 and hired a taxi driver (SONG Kang-ho) to take him to the city of Gwangju to cover the student protests that would leave an indelible mark on history.
The politically-tinged drama opened in early August this year and welcomed over 12 million viewers, which makes it the tenth most successful Korean film of all time, knocking KANG Je-kyu’s TaeGukGi: Brotherhood Of War (2004) from the top ten. A Taxi Driver is the fourth film by JANG, who also made Rough Cut (2008), Secret Reunion (2010) and The Front Line (2011).
A Taxi Driver served as the closing film of the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it earned the Cheval Noir Award for Best Actor for its star SONG. The film was released in North America on August 11th, where it earned USD 1.5 million.