Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Taxi Driver (탁시운전사) at Pitt for annual Korean Film Festival, March 16.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will 2017's A Taxi Driver (탁시운전사) on March 16 as the first installment of its 15th annual Korean Film Festival. A 2017 Maggie Lee review in Variety summarizes A Taxi Driver:
Revisiting the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, a landmark historical event in South Korea’s march towards democracy, director Jang Hoon brings a sappy, feel-good touch to a tragic subject by focusing on the bond between a German reporter (Thomas Kretschmann) and the taxi driver (Song Kang-ho) who helped him get the news out to the world.

A Taxi Driver was the second-highest grossing movie in South Korea in 2017. It starts, at Pitt, at 5:30 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.