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  • SONG Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann Hop onto TAXI DRIVER
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 16, 2016
  • JANG Hun Returns with Gwangju Drama
     
     
    Sure to stir up many memories and much debate next year will be the Gwangju massacre drama Taxi Driver. Local star SONG Kang-ho has signed on as the titular character who smuggles a German journalist into Gwangju during the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement, when the Korean military brutally suppressed student and civilian protests. German actor Thomas Kretschmann, known internationally for roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as King Kong (2005) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, will play opposite SONG.
     

    Taking the reins of the project is JANG Hun, returning for the first time since 2011’s Korean War film The Front Line. JANG, who debuted in 2008 with Rough Cut, and SONG previously collaborated on the hit North Korean spy drama-thriller Secret Reunion (2010).

     

    SONG most recently appeared in LEE Joon-ik’s smash hit period drama The Throne alongside YOO Ah-in and will next grace screens this summer in KIM Jee-woon’s Colonial Era action-thriller The Age of Shadows, the filmmaker’s return to Korean cinema after making The Last Stand (2013) in Hollywood.

     

    Taxi Driver is aiming for an early 2017 release. The film will be distributed in Korea and internationally by Showbox.

     

    Showbox is currently presenting their lineup at the Cannes Film Market, which includes KIM Seong-hun’s disaster drama The Tunnel with HA Jung-woo and BAE Doo-na, KIM Tae-gon’s family comedy Familyhood with KIM Hye-soo and KWAK Kyung-taek’s supernatural revenge thriller RV: Resurrected Victims.

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