We had brought you a glimpse of the making of Jang Hoon’s eagerly awaited period drama A Taxi Driver some time back. Now here’s the first official trailer of the film starring Song Kang-ho in the title role.

Based on a true story, the film features Man-seob, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul, who gets involved in a life-or-death struggle after he agrees to drive a German journalist reporting on the events of the Gwangju Democratization Movement of 1980. Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron) plays the journalist character based on Jürgen Hinzpeter, the real-life German reporter who became internationally famous for filming the military’s brutal crackdown of the pro-democracy movement in Gwangju.

Still from A Taxi Driver
Thomas Kretschmann and Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver (Source: hancinema.net)

This is Song Kang-ho’s second outing with director Jang Hoon – they worked together in the 2010 spy thriller Secret Reunion before this. Yoo Hae-jin (Confidential Assignment), Ryu Jun-yeol (The King) and Park Hyuk-kwon (Secret Reunion) make up the supporting cast.

The film will have its international premiere as the closing film of the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival at Montreal on August 2, 2017. It is releasing in South Korea the same day, while its US release is scheduled for August 11, 2017.

A Taxi Driver is produced by The Lamp and distributed by Showbox Mediaplex and Well Go USA.

(Source: Wikipedia, Movie Insider)