'A Taxi Driver' audience tops 2 mln by third day
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SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- "A Taxi Driver," a new South Korean film about the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju, has sold more than 2 million tickets by the third day of its release, data showed Friday.
The film hit the 2-million mark on Friday afternoon, doubling its combined audience size from 1 million on Thursday in just a single day, according to the computerized box office tally from the Korean Film Council.
The pace is on par with "Roaring Currents," the most-viewed film ever in South Korea, and this year's Korean blockbuster "The Battleship Island," which recently topped the 5-million mark.
"A Taxi Driver" accounted for 48.4 percent of tickets sold on Friday.
The movie, starring Song Kang-ho and German actor Thomas Kretschmann, tells the story of a Seoul taxi driver named Man-seop who takes German reporter Jurgen Hinzpeter to Gwangju, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul, for a big money offer and witnesses the horrors of the bloody military crackdown on the May 18 uprising.
Directed by Jang Hun, the film was written based on the true story told by Hinzpeter, who covered the tragedy of the Gwangju Democratization Movement of May 1980 and revealed the truth to the world as the military regime tried to conceal the bloody crackdown.
A promotional poster for "A Taxi Driver" (Yonhap)