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Taxi Blues

2005, Color, 105', Documentary
Dir: CHOI HA Dong-ha
Keyword: Rights
Release: 2007-12-21


Film Awards
Korean Film Festival D.C. (2009,USA)
The 21th Fribourg Int'l Film Festival (2007,Switzerland)
The 3rd Syracuse International Film Festival (2006,USA)
The 6th Seoul Independent Documentary Film&Video Festival (2006,Korea)
The 31th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2005,Korea)
The 10th Busan International Film Festival (2005,Korea)
In Seoul, there are 70 thousand taxies including 20 thousand corporate taxies and 40 thousand private taxies threading across the city.
In most cases, a taxi driver works 12 hour shifts and must fulfill 20 to 30 trips a day in order to take small winnings after paying up 80 to 100 dollar due.
The taxi drivers go every nook and corner of the city with a variety of passengers in their side or the back seat.
In the summer of the year, I became a taxi driver driving one of the 70 thousand taxies of Seoul·
Director's Note
This film is close to Seoul and the Apocalypse rather than taxi and blues. Seoul is covered with numerous symbols and vagueness, reminiscent of the phrases of the Revelation, as we look through the eyes of the taxi driver, the observer. It seems the end of the Gotham city is not far away. Many taxi passengers actually said the end of the world and ,hopeless, and they would be happy if the world had been overthrown. The film is to show the passengers subordinated daily lives in the cityscapes.
Director's Bio / Filmography
- CHOI HA Dong-ha
Born in 1968, Korea
He was a member of a cinematheque ‘Film Gongbang’ in 1994 

1996 [A Short Film About Lost Love]
1999 [Mindullae]
          Woonpa Award(Best Documentary), 4th Pusan Int’l Film Festival (1999, Korea)
2001 [Patriot Game] DV 6mm, color, 90min., Documentary
          Best Independent Film, Association of Korean Independent Film & Video (2001, Korea)
          Audience Award, 6th IndieForum, Independent Film & Video Makers’ Forum (2003, Korea)
2003 [High Hill] DV 6mm, color, 113min., Documentary
          8th Human Right Film Festival (2004, Korea)
          Suwon Human Right Film Festival (2003, Korea)
          Competition, 25th Cinéma du Réel Int’l Documentary Film Festival (2003, France)
          12th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (2003, USA)
          8th Pusan Int’l Film Festival (2003, Korea)
2005 [Taxi Blues] DV 6mm, color, 105min.
          Korean Film Festival DC 2009 (2009, USA)
          21st Fribourg International Film Festival(2007, Switzerland)
          7th Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Video Festival (2006, Korea)
          Best Film From Asia, 3rd Syracuse Int’l Film and Video Festival (2006, USA)
          31st Seoul Independent Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          2nd CJ Asia Independent Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          Wide Angle, 10th Pusan Int’l Film Festival (2005, Korea)
Director/screeninplay/editor: CHOI HA Dong-ha
Production: Redsnowman
Producer: KIM Il-kwon
Cinematographer: CHOE Bhan
Assistant Director: LEE Myoung-hui
Sound: JUNG Sung-hwan
2nd Cinematographer: KIM Ha-rin