Tazza: The High Rollers

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  • Movie: Tazza: The High Rollers (English title)
  • Revised Romanization: Tajja
  • Hangul: 타짜
  • Director: Choi Dong-Hun
  • Writer: Choi Dong-Hun, Huh Young-Man (comic)
  • Producer: Seung-jae Cha, Min-hee Kim
  • Cinematography: Young-hwan Choi
  • Release Date: September 28, 2006 (South Korea)
  • Runtime: 139 min.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production Budget: US$ 5.5M
  • Studio: Sidus Pictures
  • Distributor: CJ Entertainment
  • Language:South Korea
  • Country: Korean

Plot

Goni is a man with a problem. More than a problem, really. Goni has an addiction, hard and fast, to gambling in general, and specifically hwatu, an old-as-the-hills Korean card game played with a deck of tiny, flower-blazoned cards. This wouldn’t be such a problem if Goni weren’t so embarrassingly bad at it. Cleaned out of his life savings, Goni steals more from his family and loses that too. What’s a poor kid to do? Well, when this poor kid realizes that he’s just been swindled by an organized ring of cheaters, he sets off on a quest to track them down and beat them at their own game, having first apprenticed himself to a wise old hwatu master. Enter the world of Tazza, a world where the hand is faster than the eye, where deception is the name of the game and where neither friendship nor enmity last forever.

Notes

  1. "Tazza: The High Rollers" is based on Huh Young-Man's popular comic book "Tazza" - about Korea's gambling subculture and its assorted denizen.
  2. The card game featured in the movie is known as "Hwatu" (literally "War of Flowers").
  3. Related titles:
    1. Tazza: The High Rollers | Tajja (2006)
    2. Tazza (SBS / 2008)
    3. Tazza: The Hidden Card | Tajja: Shinui Son (2014)

Cast

Tazza-Cho Seung-Woo.jpg Tazza-Baek Yun-Shik.jpg Tazza-Kim Hye-Su.jpg Tazza-Yu Hae-Jin.jpg Tazza-Kim Yun-Seok.jpg
Cho Seung-Woo Baek Yoon-Sik Kim Hye-Soo Yu Hae-Jin Kim Yun-Seok
Go-Ni Pyung Gyung-Jang Madam Jung Ko Kwang-Ryeol Aw-Kwi
Tazza-Ju Jin-Mo.jpg Tazza-Kim Sang-Ho.jpg Tazza-Baek Do-Bin.jpg Tazza-Kwon Tae-Won.jpg Tazza-Kim Kyeong-Ik.jpg
Ju Jin-Mo Kim Sang-Ho Baek Do-Bin Kwon Tae-Won Kim Kyeong-Ik
Jjakgwi Park Mu-Seok Kwak Ho-Ku Ppaljjisan

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