KOFFIA18: A Taxi Driver

22nd September, 2018 (M)
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  • Director Jang Hoon
  • Cast Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Song Kang-ho
  • Duration 137 min
  • Rating M

Synopsis

May 1980, South Korea. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising an 11 year old daughter on his own after the recent death of his wife. After paying off his late wife’s hospital bills, all he has left in his possession is an old taxi that he treasures. One day, he overhears that there is a foreigner who will pay big money for a ride down to Gwangju city and back before curfew. Happy to be making big money to pay his overdue monthly rent, Man-sub snatches the job, not knowing that the foreigner is a German journalist with a hidden agenda. 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.

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