A Taxi Driver is now the fastest Korean movie of 2017 to attract seven million viewers, and it achieved the feat in just 11 days.
According to the movies distribution company Showbox, A Taxi Driver, the movie had sold 7,000,586 tickets as of 3 p.m. KST on August 12, setting a new record and making it the most-watched movie of 2017. The movie has been on a roll, previously hitting the four million mark in just five days.
Despite the highly-competitive atmosphere of summer box offices and new movies being released every week, A Taxi Driver has managed to maintain its top spot in the Korean box office. The movie is being praised for having all three components of a great movie: a compelling and heartwarming story, great direction, and phenomenal acting by the cast.
The movie is expected to keep rising as word of mouth continues to spread, with celebrities and politicians adding in and talking about watching the film. It was also recently announced that an exhibition of videos and photos taken by the late Jürgen Hinzpeter, whose real-life story the movie is based on, will be held from August to September.
A Taxi Driver is the story of a Seoul taxi driver (played by Song Kang Ho) who agrees to drive German reporter Peter (played by Thomas Kretschmann) to Gwangju without knowing that he was driving straight to where the Gwangju Uprising was taking place. Song Kang Ho and Thomas Kretschmann are joined by Yoo Hae Jin and Ryu Jun Yeol.
Congratulations to A Taxi Driver!