Tazza: The Hidden Card

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Tazza: The Hidden Card
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Hangul타짜: 신의 손
Revised RomanizationTajja: Sineui Son
McCune–ReischauerT‘acha: Sin-ŭi Son
Directed byKang Hyeong-cheol
Produced byLee Anna
Written byJo Sang-beom
Based onTajja
by Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong
StarringChoi Seung-hyun
Shin Se-kyung
Kwak Do-won
Lee Ha-nui
Yoo Hae-jin
Kim Yoon-seok
Music byKim Jun-seok
CinematographyKim Tae-gyeong
Edited byNam Na-yeong
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
CJ Entertainment (international)
Release date
  • September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03)
Running time
147 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$31 million[1]

Tazza: The Hidden Card (Korean타짜: 신의 손; RRTajja: Sineui Son; lit. "Tazza: Hand of God") is a 2014 South Korean gambling film directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol based on Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong's manhwa of the same name.[2][3]

After Ham Dae-gil enters the gambling world, he is set up as the fall guy in a crooked deal. To get revenge, he enters a final game which could be fatal to the loser.



Due to the box office success of Choi Dong-hoon's gambling epic Tazza: The High Rollers (it attracted 6.84 million in admissions in 2006, making it one of the highest-grossing Korean films that year), production company Sidus FNH announced a sequel, with Jang Joon-hwan originally attached as screenwriter/director and a release planned for late 2008.[7] But pre-production was later halted, and Jang pulled out of the film.

Speculation about a sequel continued, given that Tajja, the famous local comic series (or "manhwa") illustrated by Huh Young-man and written by Kim Se-yeong that served as the 2006 film's source material comes in four volumes, each with entirely different characters and settings. Tazza 2 is based on the second volume Tazza: Hand of God, which was published on November 16, 2006 by Random House Korea.

In 2012, Kang Hyeong-cheol signed on to direct the sequel, and casting was finalized in late 2013, with Choi Seung-hyun as lead character Ham Dae-gil, the nephew of Goni, the protagonist in Tazza: The High Rollers.[8]

Filming began on January 2, 2014 at a pool hall in Cheongnyangni-dong, Seoul.[9][10][11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
51st Grand Bell Awards [12] Best Director
Kang Hyeong-cheol
Best New Actress
Lee Ha-nui
Best Music
Kim Jun-seok
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress
Lee Ha-nui
Best Editing
Nam Na-yeong
Best Music
Kim Jun-seok
Popular Star Award
Shin Se-kyung
51st Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress
Lee Ha-nui
4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Feature Film
Tazza: The Hidden Card


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  2. ^ Sunwoo, Carla; Jang, Seo-young (1 August 2014). "Stakes are set high for Tazza sequel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  3. ^ Song, Da-in (29 August 2014). "Tazza sequel's success is a sure bet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (26 August 2014). "Big Bang's T.O.P Talks about Filming with No Clothes On with Other Actors". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  5. ^ Na, Won-jung (5 September 2014). "Now many people call him, actor CHOI Seung-hyun". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  6. ^ Bae, Joong-hyun (2 September 2014). "Shin goes gutsy in gambler role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  7. ^ Paquet, Darcy (6 May 2007). "Jang to direct Tazza sequel". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  8. ^ Lee, So-yeon (18 November 2013). "Big Bang's T.O.P, Shin Se Kyung and More to Star in Tazza 2". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  9. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (3 January 2014). "Tazza 2 Reveals First Stills of Big Bang's T.O.P". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  10. ^ Chung, Joo-won (3 January 2014). "Shin Se-kyung, Choi Seung-hyun to co-star in Tazza 2". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  11. ^ Lee, Sun-min (6 January 2014). "Tazza 2 set for release soon". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  12. ^ Kim, June (12 November 2014). "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-12.

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