1979年10月, the 18-year era of dictatorship ended in South Korea when President Park Chun-hee was assassinated. General Chun Doo-hwan seized power 和 in 1980 outraged citizens flooded the streets in protest in hopes of the country once again gaining democracy. Riots in Gwangju caused many roads to close 和 the city to practically shutdown in the spring of 1980, but a taxi driver from Seoul named Kim Man-seob (Song Kang-ho) struggles to make ends meet. As a single widowed father four months behind on his rent, Kim is 100,000 won in the hole. Kim stumbles onto a job paying that exact amount transporting a German reporter named Peter (Thomas Kretschmann) to the city of Gwangju. Kim volunteers 和 fakes his way through English to get Peter into his cab failing to realize how much danger awaits in the not distant future.
根据一个真实的故事， 一个出租车司机 revolves around the Gwangju Democratization Movement, which took place from May 18-27 in 1980. The film chooses to focus on a character completely disinterested in political matters. Kim Man-seob only cares about taking care of his daughter 和 yet typically gives his riders a break if they come up short on the cab fare or forget their wallets entirely. Kim goes through this character arc of starting off cheap 和 uncaring yet evolving into someone who cares very deeply about getting what’s happening in South Korea out into the public eye while not leaving his friends behind in the process. Peter starts off as a German journalist with the sole purpose of documenting the horrible events currently digging its claws into South Korea 和 showing that footage to the world, but even he doesn’t know what he’s getting into as he soon realizes he may have taken on a matter too big for one man to attempt.
The South Korean drama film is grasped entirely in the performances of Song Kang-ho 和 Thomas Kretschmann, 但一些配角也值得肯定. A compassionate Gwangju taxi driver named Hwang Tae-sool (Yoo Hae-jin from 袭击加油站 和 塔扎:《PG电子游戏》)非常关心他所居住的城镇及其居民. He latches onto 和 is concerned about everyone within a short amount of time, 但他似乎总是对即将发生的事情感到惊讶. Tragedy affects the performance of Yoo Hae-jin wholeheartedly as he seems to be choking back tears in between his depressing breakdowns. The university student Jae-sik (Ryu Jun-yeol) is an English translator for Peter, but his naiveté causes the actor to have this warm smile plastered to his face even at the worst of times.
Thomas Kretschmann looks like he could pass for the younger brother of Liam Neeson. His relationship with Kim is strained at first not only because of the language barrier, but also because Kim is only in it for the money while Peter is under the impression that he is in incapable h和s. Kretschmann塑造了一个非常认真对待工作的人, 但他被周围无辜的人被屠杀而震惊. He develops a bond with Kim that practically makes them inseparable 和 it’s that undeniable chemistry between Kretschmann 和 Song Kang-ho that makes the film so memorable.
主演宋康昊携 一个出租车司机 以一种不寻常的方式. Kim Man-seob is a character that the audience should probably dislike due to how conceited 和 cowardly he is 和 how he purposely chooses to keep his head in the s和 despite his country crumbling around him in the meantime. But Song Kang-ho brings this charismatic demeanor to Kim that is infectious, 迷人的, 而且经常笑出声来搞笑. 在整个电影过程中，金姆会把你当作一个人来对待. 他有很多缺点，但你总想看到他最后成功. Kim Sang-ho brings this mesmerizing 和 entertaining value to the character that is absolutely unparalleled.
Cinematographer Go Nak-seon adds just the right dynamic qualities to certain shots of the film to intrigue the viewer without taking away from what’s occurring on-screen. A bullet crashing through the back windshield becomes a focal point for Kim’s lime colored taxi from Seoul as the camera often brings that into focus first before shifting to the passengers inside. Meanwhile something as simple as the camera being placed on the outside of the car as Kim is driving away brings certain concepts to life. 在这张照片中, it’s as if the outline of the outside of the car door serves as split screen as it shows Kim inside the car driving away on one side 和 on the other you can see the smoke-filled commotion behind him that he’s speeding away from.
一个出租车司机 这是一个强调牺牲重要性的悲惨故事吗. 它感觉像是凯思琳•毕格罗(Kathryn Bigelow)在韩国的姊妹篇 底特律. 强烈的吸引力和情感效果， 一个出租车司机 showcases the talented Song Kang-ho with one of the most invigorating 和 captivating performances of the year.