Tazza: The High Rollers

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Tazza: The High Rollers
Tazza - The High Rollers.jpg
Tazza: The High Rollers film poster
Hangul
Revised RomanizationTajja
McCune–ReischauerT‘acha
Directed byChoi Dong-hoon
Produced byCha Seung-jae
Kim Mi-hee[1]
Written byChoi Dong-hoon
Based onTajja
by Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong
StarringCho Seung-woo
Kim Hye-soo
Yoo Hae-jin
Baek Yoon-sik
Music byJang Young-gyu[1]
CinematographyChoi Young-hwan[1]
Edited byShin Min-kyung[1]
Production
company
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • September 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)
Running time
139 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
BudgetUS$5.5 million[2]
Box officeUS$39.2 million[3]

Tazza: The High Rollers (Korean타짜; RRTajja) is a 2006 South Korean gambling film directed by Choi Dong-hoon and based on Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong's manhwa of the same name. Produced by Sidus FNH and distributed by CJ Entertainment, the story revolves around a group of gambling drifters involved in the Korean card game Hwatu (Korean화투; Hanja花鬪; lit. War of Flowers). It was a huge commercial and critical success, becoming one of South Korea's highest-grossing films and winning numerous awards. It was the 2nd best-selling film of 2006 in South Korea, with 6,847,777 admissions nationwide.[4]

Plot[edit]

Goni has lost his entire savings, and money stolen from his family, after being swindled by professional cheat gamblers. In order to regain the money, Goni begins training under one of the best gamblers in the country, Mr. Pyeong. He becomes well-known, wandering about different gambling places throughout the country with Pyeong. Madam Jeong, who runs an illegal gambling operation, begins to show interest in Goni. Goni leaves Pyeong and begins working for Jeong, whom he also has a love tryst with. When Madam Jeong is arrested, Goni meets fellow pro Gwang and the two become partners.

Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

5 Points Pictures gave the film a two-disc DVD release in North America on September 18, 2012.[5] The film is subtitled and includes nearly 3 hours of bonus features, including the making of the film, a comparison between the film and its source manhwa, and gambling tricks explained by a former professional gambler.

Sequel[edit]

The sequel, titled Tazza: The Hidden Card was directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, and starred Choi Seung-hyun (T.O.P), Shin Se-kyung, Kwak Do-won and Lee Ha-nui, with Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Yoon-seok reprising their roles. It began filming on January 2, 2014, and was released on September 3, 2014.[6]

A second sequel was announced to be filmed in 2018.[7] It will be directed by Kwon Oh-kwang and stars Park Jung-min and Ryoo Seung-bum.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2006 2nd University Film Festival of Korea[8] Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Won
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Won
14th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Film Tazza: The High Rollers Nominated
Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Nominated
Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Nominated
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Won
Best Supporting Actor Baek Yoon-sik Nominated
Yoo Hae-jin Nominated
Best Editing Shin Min-kyung Won
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards[9] Best Film Tazza: The High Rollers Nominated
Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Nominated
Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Nominated
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim Yoon-seok Nominated
Best Cinematography Choi Young-hwan Won
Best Lighting Kim Sung-kwan Nominated
Technical Award (Editing) Shin Min-kyung Nominated
Popular Star Award Kim Hye-soo Won
2007 1st Asian Film Awards Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Tazza: The High Rollers Won
Best Film Tazza: The High Rollers Nominated
Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Won
Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Nominated
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
8th Newport Beach Film Festival[10] Best Feature The High Rollers Won
Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Won
Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Won
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Won
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Nominated
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim Yoon-seok Won
Best Cinematography Choi Young-hwan Nominated
Best Editing Shin Min-kyung Nominated
Best Lighting Kim Sung-kwan Nominated
Best Costumes Jo Sang-gyeong Won
8th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay Choi Dong-hoon Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim Yoon-seok Won
6th Korean Film Awards Best Film Tazza: The High Rollers Nominated
Best Director Choi Dong-hoon Nominated
Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Nominated
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
Best Cinematography Choi Young-hwan Nominated
Best Editing Shin Min-kyung Won
Best Screenplay Choi Dong-hoon Won
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best Actor Cho Seung-woo Won
Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim Yoon-seok Won
4th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tazza: The High Rollers". Variety. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  2. ^ "Tazza: The High Rollers". Screened.com. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Tajja (Tazza: The High Rollers)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  4. ^ "Commercial Releases in 2006: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Tazza: The High Rollers". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  6. ^ Sunwoo, Carla; Jang, Seo-young (1 August 2014). "Stakes are set high for Tazza sequel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  7. ^ "PARK Jung-min and RYOO Seung-bum Get Head-to-Head for TAZZA 3". Korean Film. 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ 네이버 '타짜' 영화 페이지
  9. ^ "The War of Flower - Awards". Cinemasie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  10. ^ "Newport Beach Film Festival Newport Beach, USA 2007 Awards". IMDb.

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