A Taxi Driver, 2017
A rare but exceptional piece from Korean cinema that shies away from romance and action but rather politics and social integrity. That said, you need no prior knowledge to the Korean history nor language to enjoy and resonate with the film.
The central message of A Taxi Driver is a universal one, Kim represents a mirror image of a vast majority of us who often overestimate our own problems and turn a blind eye to our surroundings.
Kim starts off as a selfish, money-minded man who cares about nothing except his daughter. Through an unexpected journey to the centre of unrest and a few chance encounters with the protesters, Kim gradually awakens to his political awareness and ability to differentiate truth from fabricated lies.
I like A Taxi Driver for its genuine portrayal of the title character Kim, I like it even better when I know the Kim in real life never got in touch with Hinzpeter again despite his public outreach, and that the events depicted after Kim sends him off to airport are somewhat an imagined truth, yet it does not end by boasting Kim as a hero, leaving the spotlight to the awakening of Kim and suggesting how experience may alter the norms of social ignorance.