Tuesday, September 5, 2017

News: A TAXI DRIVER Enter Oscar Race and All Time Top 10 at Korean Box Office

By Pierce Conran

In addition to becoming the year's biggest film, Jang Hoon's Gwangju drama A Taxi Driver will now be hoping for Oscar glory as it has been selected as this year's Korean submission to the foreign language category of next year's Academy Awards. Meanwhile, the film overtook Taegugki to enter the all time top ten Korean films at the box office over the weekend. To date, the film has brought in 11.89 million viewers ($82.78 million).

The selection is star Song Kang-ho's third Oscar selection on the trot, following Lee Joon-ik's The Throne and Kim Jee-woon's The Age of Shadows. It's his fourth overall, including Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine in 2007. Director Jang has also been a contender before with his 2011 Korean War film The Front Line.

To date, no Korean film has ever been shortlisted for the foreign language category at the Oscars, let alone made the final five nominees. Will A Taxi Driver be the film to finally end that streak?

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