Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014) (DVD) (Thailand Version) DVD Region 3
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Fleeing his hometown after a violent altercation, young upstart Dae Gil (T.O.P) takes the underworld gambling scene by storm with his innate flair for the game, and soon he's living the high life with the world at his feet. The cards turn against him, however, when he falls prey to a set-up. While down and out, he reencounters his hometown sweetheart Mina (Shin Se Kyung), who now works for a rival gambling den boss, and his uncle's old friend Ko Kwang Ryeol (Yu Hae Jin) who helps him con his way back into the game.
|Product Title:||Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014) (DVD) (Thailand Version) 千術之神 (2014) (DVD) (泰國版) 千术之神 (2014) (DVD) (泰国版) タチャ～神の手～ (2014) (DVD) (泰國版) 타짜 신의 손|
|Also known as:||老千2 老千2|
|Artist Name(s):||T.O.P (Big Bang) (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Oh Jung Se (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor) | Shin Se Kyung (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Park Hyo Joo (Actor) | Kim In Kwon (Actor) | Honey Lee (Actor) | Go Soo Hee (Actor) T.O.P (Big Bang) (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 李璟榮 (Actor) | 吳政世 (Actor) | 郭道遠 (Actor) | 申 世炅 (Actor) | 劉海鎮 (Actor) | Park Hyo Joo (Actor) | 金仁權 (Actor) | 李荷妮 (Actor) | Go Soo Hee (Actor) T.O.P (Big Bang) (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 李璟荣 (Actor) | 吴政世 (Actor) | 郭道远 (Actor) | 申 世炅 (Actor) | 刘海镇 (Actor) | Park Hyo Joo (Actor) | 金仁权 (Actor) | 李荷妮 (Actor) | Go Soo Hee (Actor) T.O.P (Big Bang) (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | イ・キョンヨン (Actor) | オ・ジョンセ (Actor) | クァク・ドウォン (Actor) | シン・セギョン (Actor) | ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | パク・ヒョジュ (Actor) | キム・イングォン (Actor) | イ・ハニ (Actor) | Go Soo Hee (Actor) 탑 (빅뱅) (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 이 경영 (Actor) | 오정세 (Actor) | 곽 도원 (Actor) | 신세경 (Actor) | 유해진 (Actor) | 박효주 (Actor) | 김인권 (Actor) | 이하늬 (Actor) | 고수희 (Actor)|
|Director:||Kang Hyung Chul 姜炯徹 姜炯彻 カン･ヒョンチョル 강형철|
|Place of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, Widescreen|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Thai CD Online|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1065493495|
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This professional review refers to Tazza: The Hidden Card (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Gambling films continue to be popular in Korea, with Choi Dong Hun's 2006 megahit Tazza: the High Rollers still standing out as one of the genre's highpoints. With a 2008 sequel having run into production issues, fans have had some years to wait for a follow up, which finally now arrives in Tazza: the Hidden Card, directed by Kang Hyung Chul (Sunny). Again based on Hur Young Man's gambling themed manhwa, the film is adapted from the second volume of the series, following the nephew of the original's protagonist Goni. Boasting major star power in headliner T.O.P (from the group Big Bang, and recently in Commitment), the film was another record breaker at the box office, as well as pulling in a variety of nominations at the Grand Bell and Blue Dragon Awards.
T.O.P plays Dae Gil, a young man who works himself into a gang of card sharks, impressing them and everyone else in the underworld with his skills and charm. Unfortunately for Dae Gil, his colleagues turn against him, setting him up to take the fall for a failed scheme and leaving him down and out. His life gets even more complicated when he runs into his childhood sweetheart Mina (Shin Se Kyung, Hindsight), who has fallen into the clutches of the evil card master and criminal Jang (Kwak Do Won, The Attorney). Desperate to help, he enlists the aid of his uncle Goni's old friend Ko Kwang Ryeol (Yu Hae Jin, The Pirates), and sets about scheming his way to rescue Mina and get back to the top of the game.
Although technically a sequel, and featuring several returning cast members, Tazza: the Hidden Card works perfectly well as a standalone film, with some handy exposition filling in viewers who missed (or can't remember) the first instalment. While some character details might mean more to Tazza veterans, there's more than enough going on here to make the film equally engaging for newcomers, with a huge amount of scheming and backstabbing packed in, and with double and triple crosses being the order of the day. Though essentially predictable, building towards the usual kind of all-important final card game, the Machiavellian manoeuvring keeps things fresh, if a touch convoluted, and it's fun trying to keep one step ahead of the cast as they out-plot each other. The film moves briskly through its two and a half hour running time and never drags, Kang Hyung Chul navigating the dense narrative with a reasonable level of economy and alacrity. A sharp script and a solid cast of interesting characters helps, and T.O.P and Shin Se Kyung have a respectable amount of chemistry as the lead pairing, enough so to make the film moderately suspenseful, though it's arguably supporting players Yu Hae Jin and Kwak Do Won who have the stand out roles.
What does matter more is a basic knowledge of Korean hwatu card gambling, or at least a vague interest in the subject, as the film is filled with card game set pieces. With very little in the way of explanation or information on the rules, uninitiated viewers will quite possibly feel bewildered at all the flinging around of cards and their many meanings and values, a fact which might well undermine the tension and excitement for some. Thankfully, Kang just as much on the cheating skills of the players, most of the matches revolving around the ability to read and trick the opponent, and the film is very creative on this score, with several games playing out under bizarre and gimmicky conditions.
This is all very entertaining, and Kang shoots the film with dizzying energy and a stylish visual approach that makes sure it looks gorgeous throughout. Of course, this does leave the film open to charges of glamorising its criminal activities, and indeed it does frequently heads into uncomfortable moral territory, with sudden bursts of surprisingly bloody violence and sadism, its female characters in particular coming off badly (many of whom seem to end up being sold into prostitution). Though this makes it an odd mix at times, it does add a welcome hard edge as well as an injection of visceral kick.
Tazza: the Hidden Card is a worthy follow up to The High Rollers, and another enjoyable Korean card film, directed with verve by Kang Hyung Chul. The subject matter does make it rather a niche offering, and while viewers unfamiliar with hwatu should still find plenty to hold the interest, it's certainly one which will go down best with aficionados of the card gambling subgenre.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com