A TAXI DRIVER REVIEWED
“A Taxi Driver” plays like “The Killing Fields”, but done with a degree of warmth. A German reporter needs to get closer to Gwangju to cover the uprising. What started as a quick trip become an international look at history changing before their eyes. The film was a huge success in South Korea, but I feel most of the film will be lost on American audiences. Thomas Kretschmann offers a strong supporting turn as the German reporter that spurs the trip.
What I admired was the film’s willingness to take the serious nature of the true story and then try to find the heart of the people involved. I find that historical event films that tackle issues that don’t directly relate to American history have a hard time translating. Hell, the closest Western equivalent to what happened would be the rise of Oliver Cromwell in the UK. I wish that the Blu-ray came with a documentary or something related to help catch up novice Western viewers.
That being said, it’s still charming and well worth a viewing. So, go ahead and pick this one up.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track