A witness of the blue eyes : Truth
“A Taxi Driver” is about taxi driver Kim Sa-bok who takes Jurgen Hinzpeter to Gwang-ju. At that time, Korean press controlled press reports that a riot arose in Gwang-ju. They reported “Every mob gathered in Gwangju. Also, it was ordered by North Korea.” But the citizens in Gwangju didn’t know anything. Phone communication with the outside have been cut off. Nobody could know the truth. “Suddenly there was a loud bang. Innocent people are dying.” Jurgen Hinzpeter was the first and only journalist to report this horrible scenes. He broadcasted it as “South Korea at Crossroads” to all over the world. He was called by ‘a witness of the blue eyes‘
History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy. – George W. Bush
Jurgen Hinzpeter : We don’t forget you
Edeltraut Brahmstaedt, the widow of German journalist Jurgen Hinzpeter, said “My husband was a righteous person who always sought justice. We thank the Gwang-ju people for upholding my husband’s wish to be buried here. He would be proud and thankful.” We don’t forget you. So we made a film ‘A taxi driver’ for him. It has more than ten million viewers now. Thank you very much indeed. Thank you. We can’t forget. Now the truth resounded through the world. Now, it is not a mob disturbance. It is the Gwang-ju Democratization Movement on May 18, 1980. Thank you.
A nation that forgets its past has no future.