Tazza: The High Rollers

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Tazza: The High Rollers
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Tazza: The High Rollers film poster
Hangul
Revised Romanization Tajja
McCune–Reischauer T‘acha
Directed by Choi Dong-hoon
Produced by Cha Seung-jae
Kim Mi-hee[1]
Written by Choi Dong-hoon
Based on Tajja
by Huh Young-man and Kim Se-yeong
Starring Jo Seung-woo
Kim Hye-soo
Yoo Hae-jin
Baek Yoon-sik
Music by Jang Young-gyu[1]
Cinematography Choi Young-hwan[1]
Edited by Shin Min-kyung[1]
Production
company
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • September 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)
Running time
139 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$5.5 million[2]
Box office US$39,212,715[3]

Tazza: The High Rollers (Hangul타짜; 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 (Hangul화투; 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.

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]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2006 Blue Dragon Film Awards[4]
  • Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
  • Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Jo Seung-woo
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor – Kim Yoon-seok
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Kim Sung-kwan
  • Nomination – Technical Award – Shin Min-kyung (Editing)
2007 Asian Film Awards
2007 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Grand Prize (Daesang)
  • Best Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Jo Seung-woo
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
2007 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor – Kim Yoon-seok
  • Best Costumes – Jo Sang-gyeong
  • Nomination – Best Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
  • Nomination – Best Editing – Shin Min-kyung
2007 Korea Movie Star Awards
  • Best Actor – Jo Seung-woo
  • Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
  • Best Supporting Actor – Kim Yoon-seok
2007 Korean Film Awards
  • Best Editing
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Nomination – Best Actor – Jo Seung-woo
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Choi Young-hwan
2007 Newport Beach Film Festival[5]
  • Best Director – Choi Dong-hoon
  • Jury Award – Best Feature
  • Jury Award – Best Actress – Kim Hye-soo
  • Jury Award – Best Feature Actor – Jo Seung-woo

DVD[edit]

5 Points Pictures gave the film a two-disc DVD release in North America on September 18, 2012.[6] 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.[7]

See also[edit]

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. ^ "The War of Flower - Awards". Cinemasie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Tazza: The High Rollers - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Tazza: The High Rollers". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  7. ^ Sunwoo, Carla; Jang, Seo-young (1 August 2014). "Stakes are set high for Tazza sequel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 

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