A still from A Taxi Driver (2017) (Source: LKFF 2017)

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) continues its countdown to the main festival in October with the European Premiere of one of the year’s most anticipated Korean films, Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver. As part of the teaser screenings for the 2017 edition, the film will be shown at Picturehouse Central on Monday, August 14, less than two weeks after its international release. A follow-up screening is scheduled for Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on Monday, August 21.

Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver
Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver (2017) (Source: LKFF 2017)

Starring Song Kang-ho (The Age of Shadows, The Host) in the titular role, the film is based on true events and is set during the volatile incidents of 1980, a year after South Korea’s authoritarian president’s assassination and the subsequent military coup d’état.

Man-seob, a taxi driver struggling to raise his daughter on his meager earnings, agrees to take a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron) on a trip from Seoul to the southern city of Gwangju. Little does he know as he sets off on this trip that he will be swept up in the historic, and potentially tragic, events of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, met with a violent crackdown by the ruling military.

Thomas Kretschmann in A Taxi Driver
Thomas Kretschmann (right) in A Taxi Driver (2017) (Source: LKFF 2017)

A Taxi Driver is a timely exploration of the Gwangju Movement, which would set the political direction in South Korea for years to come. Filled with humor, heart and a central performance from one of the country’s finest actors, the film delivers a powerful message in troubled times.

The two-week LKFF 2017 begins on October 26, before going on tour in major cities across the UK. Teaser screenings held earlier this year included Eon-hie Lee’s thriller Missing, Baek Seung-hwa’s comedy Queen of Walking and Han Jae-rim’s political crime thriller The King.

For tickets, please visit: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picturehouse_Central/film/lkff-teaser-screening-a-taxi-driver . Twitter updates from the festival can be followed at @koreanfilmfest.

(Source: LKFF 2017)