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Kim Hye Su (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) | Choi Dong Hun (Director)
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Tazza: The High Rollers (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
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"When you're playing cards, there are no eternal friends, just like there are no eternal enemies."

Be it poker (Hollywood) or mahjong (Hong Kong), the world of gambling always walked hand in hand with cinema, and it was only a matter of time before Korea would join the game. The blockbuster Tazza: The High Rollers (a.k.a. War of Flowers) brings some distinctive cultural touches to the gambling table. Unlike other films of the genre, Tazza: The High Rollers wraps its mind games around hwatoo, a traditional Korean flower cards game with its own hidden language and tricks ("tazza" means "master of tricks").

After the success of The Big Swindle, director Choi Dong Hoon, one of the most exciting talents in Chungmuro, comes back with another winner. Based on the popular comic book Tazza by Hur Young Man (whose Damo and Duelist have also been successfully adapted to television and film), Tazza: The High Rollers is possibly the most realistic cinematic portrayal of hwatoo ever. Director Choi met with several experts in the field to perfect shooting techniques and capture the impact of the game on film, and his efforts have more than paid off. Tazza: The High Rollers ended its box office run with over six million tickets sold, making it one of the top ten grossing Korean films of all time. The film has also been a critical success, winning the Best Director and the Daesang awards at the 43rd Baeksang Awards, Best Actress (Kim Hye Su) at the 27th Blue Dragon Awards, and Best Supporting Actor (Kim Yoon Suk) at the 44th Daejong Awards.

After losing a fortune in a game he should have never played to begin with, Goni (Cho Seung Woo of Marathon and Love Phobia) leaves home and dedicates all his time to playing cards. Happening upon hwatoo master Pyung Kung Jang (Baek Yoon Shik of Save the Green Planet), Goni finally learns the tricks of the game, and becomes a high roller himself. But it only pulls him into a cycle of swindling and violence.

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Product Title: Tazza: The High Rollers (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) 泰沙大豪客 (又名: 老千) (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓國版) 泰沙大豪客 (又名: 老千) (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韩国版) タチャ イカサマ師 (Blu-ray) (通常版) (韓国版) 타짜 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Kim Hye Su (Actor) | Cho Seung Woo (Actor) | Baek Yoon Shik (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) 金 慧秀 (Actor) | 曹承佑 (Actor) | 白允植 (Actor) キム・ヘス (Actor) | チョ・スンウ (Actor) | ペク・ユンシク (Actor) 김혜수 (Actor) | 조 승우 (Actor) | 백윤식 (Actor)
Director: Choi Dong Hun 崔東勳 崔东勋 チェ・ドンフン 최동훈
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), B - Europe, Africa, Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand), Middle East, French Territories, Greenland What is it?
Release Date: 2017-10-24
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Publisher: CJ E&M
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030792513

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타짜 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)

* Screen format: 1080P HD / 2.35 : 1 AVC
* Sound mix: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz/24-bit)
* Extras:
-커멘터리 바이 최동훈 감독
-커멘터리 바이 최동훈 감독, 조승우, 김혜수, 유해진, 김윤석
-만화 VS 영화
-만화의 재구성
-메이킹필름 다큐멘터리 타짜
-반사회적 인물에 대한 호기심
-불나방 타고난 승부사 고니 조승우, 도박의 꽃 설계자 정마담 김혜수
-전설의 타짜 평경장 백윤식, 서민형 타짜 고광렬 유해진, 죽음의 타짜 아귀 김윤석
-타짜들, 우리가 원하는건 어떻게 든 찍는다, 일상속의 특이한 공간
-화투와 타짜
-Deleted & Alternate Scenes (커멘터리 바이 최동훈 감독)
-프로모션, 예고편 + 각 인물별 예고편
-별책부록 : 용어설명, 수칙

* Director: 최동훈

인생을 건 한판 승부
큰거 한판에 인생은 예술이 된다!
목숨을 걸 수 없다면, 배팅하지 마라!
꽃들의 전쟁

가구공장에서 일하며 남루한 삶을 사는 고니는 대학보다 가난을 벗어나게 해줄 돈이 우선인 열혈 천방지축 청년! 어느 날 고니는, 가구공장 한 켠에서 박무석 일행이 벌이는 화투판에 끼게 된다. 스무장의 화투로 벌이는 '섯다' 한 판! 하지만 고니는 그 판에서 삼년 동안 모아두었던 돈 전부를 날리고 만다. 그것이 전문도박꾼 타짜들이 짜고 친 판이었단 사실을 뒤늦게 안 고니는 박무석 일행을 찾아 나서고, 도박으로 시비가 붙은 한 창고에서 우연인 듯 필연처럼 전설의 타짜 평경장을 만난다. 그리고 잃었던 돈의 다섯 배를 따면 화투를 그만두겠단 약속을 하고, 그와 함께 본격적인 꽃싸움에 몸을 던지기 위한 동행길에 오른다.

드디어 타짜의 길로 들어선 고니! 평경장과 지방원정을 돌던 중 도박판의 꽃, 설계자 정마담을 소개 받고 둘은 서로에게서 범상치 않은 승부욕과 욕망의 기운을 느끼게 된다. 고니는 정마담이 미리 설계해 둔 판에서 큰 돈을 따게 되고, 결국 커져 가는 욕망을 이기지 못한 채 평경장과의 약속을 어기고 만다. 정마담과의 화려한 도박인생, 평경장과의 헤어짐을 택한 고니. 유유자적 기차에 오르는 평경장과 마지막 인사를 나눈 고니는 그 기차역에서 극악무도한 독종이자 죽음의 타짜란 아귀를 스치듯 만난다. 이후 고니는, 정마담의 술집에서 벌어진 한 화투판에서 요란스러운 입담으로 판을 흔드는 고광렬을 만나고, 경찰의 단속을 피하던 중 그와 함께 정마담을 떠나게 된다. 고광렬은 고니와는 달리 남들 버는 만큼만 따면 된다는 직장인 마인드의 인간미 넘치는 타짜! 둘은 환상의 호흡을 자랑하며 전국의 화투판을 휩쓴다.

함께 원정을 뛰며 나름의 도박인생을 꾸려가는 고니와 고광렬. 원정 중 우연히 들린 한 술집에서 고니는 술집주인 화란을 만나고 둘은 첫눈에 서로에게 끌리지만 한없이 떠도는 타짜의 인생에 사랑은 그리 쉬운 일이 아니다. 한편, 고니는 자신을 이 세계에 발 담그게 한 장본인 박무석과 그를 조종하는 인물 곽철용을 찾게 되고, 드디어 보기 좋게 한 판 복수에 성공한다. 하지만 곽철용의 수하는 복수가 낳은 복수를 위해 아귀에게 도움을 청하고, 아귀는 고니에게 애증을 가진 정마담을 미끼로 고니와 고광렬을 화투판으로 끌어들인다. 기차역에서 스쳤던 아귀를 기억해내며 그것이 '죽음의 한 판'이란 것을 느끼는 고니. 하지만 고니는 이를 거절하지 않는다. 고광렬의 만류도 뿌리친 채, 그리고 처음으로 평범한 삶을 꿈꾸게 한 여자 화란과의 사랑도 뒤로 한 채, 고니는 그렇게 죽음의 판이 펼쳐질 배에 스스로 오르는데....
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Professional Review of "Tazza: The High Rollers (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

December 29, 2009

This professional review refers to Tazza: The High Rollers (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Tazza: The High Rollers (a.k.a. War of Flowers) is Korean director Choi Dong Hoon's follow up to his crime caper The Big Swindle, which sees him taking on the complex subject of hwatoo, the Korean game of flower cards. Based upon a comic by Heo Young Man (whose Duelist was also recently adapted for the big screen by director Lee Myung Se), the film was a massive hit at the domestic box office, managing over six million admissions, an impressive figure which makes it one of Korea's all-time top ten grossing films.

The film begins as a young man called Goni (Cho Seung Woo, also in Marathon and Love Phobia) loses money belonging to his family in a rigged game of cards, and leaves home to try and redeem himself. He is taken on by reigning card master Pyung Kung Jang (played by Baek Yun Shik, who previously worked with the director on The Big Swindle), who recognises his potential and slowly trains him into a devious gambling machine. Along the rocky road, he encounters the mysterious Madam Jeong (Kim Hye Su, recently in The Red Shoes), a seductive beauty who attempts to lure him into her employ for her own ends. Unfortunately, the high life comes with a heavy price, as Goni is pulled into a vicious circle of revenge and deceit, which threatens to cost him far more than just money.

The amoral world of Tazza: The High Rollers is established right from the opening scene, with director Choi making it immediately clear that he is unlikely to pull any punches. Indeed, the characters are soon shown to be a desperate, ruthless bunch whose lives revolve almost entirely around betrayal and deception, something which he never sugar coats or undermines with any kind of forced righteousness. Thankfully, they prove to be an interesting, complicated and, initially at least, charming bunch, especially Goni, whose inevitable transformation from innocent idiot to suave card shark is a wholly compelling one, and femme fatale Madam Jeong, whose unpredictable ruthlessness provides the film with its dark, yet strangely vulnerable heart. The riveting way in which the relationship between the two twists and turns is one of the film's strongest aspects, thanks in no small part to the believable chemistry between Cho and Kim, both of whom turn in excellent performances.

Although the film does have a fairly traditional structure, following Goni as he gradually learns the craft and works his way up through the ranks towards an inevitable showdown with the psychotic lead villain, Choi throws in a good number of sub-plots and surprises along the way, often shifting its focus to other characters. The chapter-based progression works well, lending the film an almost mythic aspect and helping to keep the story focused during its increasingly complicated scheming and plotting. As a result, the film is fascinating whether the viewer has any familiarity with or interest in Korean card games or not, and it works perfectly as a character-driven, high-tension thriller.

Essentially a film noir with cards, the film is an unashamedly adult affair, with a fair bit of violence, especially towards the end, and some surprising nudity, all of which helps to keep things entertaining and adds a valuable visceral dimension. Choi does inject a certain bitter, dark sense of humour, and although it is wisely never allowed to detract from the seriousness of the business at hand, it does make for some cynically amusing moments.

Choi directs with a real flair, giving the film a classy yet gritty air, and he demonstrates an excellent use of colour, skilfully using a lurid palette to underline the enticingly dangerous world of high stakes gambling. Avoiding the hyperkinetic style favoured by so many young directors, he injects the proceedings with an ever-present energy and tension through far more controlled, though no less stylish means, showing himself to have matured considerably as a filmmaker since his debut outing. The film is one of the few to make good use of split screen technique, which Choi employs along with other visual flourishes and a real eye for detail (apparently the result of considerable research into hwatoo, which certainly shows on screen) to emphasise the complex subtleties and lightening fast movements of the card games in a way which really pulls the viewer into the action. Backed by a suitably cool soundtrack, the result is an intensely atmospheric experience which is engrossing throughout, and despite a running time of nearly two and a half hours, if anything the film feels too short.

This more than anything is a tribute to how good a film Tazza: The High Rollers really is, being one of the very few in recent memory to leave the viewer wanting more. Easily the best of the gambling films since the glory days of God of Gamblers back in the early nineties, it also stands as one of the best films from Korea in the last few years, and offers fast paced, expertly crafted entertainment of the highest order.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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August 16, 2012

Before The Thieves, there was Tazza
Just two weeks after its theatrical release, director Choi Dong Hun's heist film The Thieves has already become one of the highest-grossing Korean films in history. This should come as no surprise, as Choi has already impressed audiences years before with films in the same genre, especially the dazzling gambling thriller Tazza: The High Rollers.

Based on a popular comic series by Heo Young Man, Tazza chronicles one man's journey from deadbeat gambling addict to a suave hustler who takes on the criminal underworld. The thing that makes and breaks all the characters in the film is Hwatu (a.k.a: Hanafuda), a card game that may not be well known outside of Korea and Japan. However, next to no knowledge of the game is necessary to enjoy Tazza, as all the real drama is about the deception on and off the gambling table.

Cho Seung Woo stars as Goni, a compulsive gambler who is so desperate to keep playing that he steals his sister's alimony money even after getting scammed at a game controlled by hustlers. After hitting rock bottom, he meets Mr. Pyeong (Baek Yoon Shik), a gambling master who takes on Goni as a disciple. Instead of teaching him real skills, Pyeong helps Goni learn to control the game the only way one can: by cheating.

In true noir style, Goni eventually gets dragged into the world of underground gambling by the seductive Madam Jeong (Kim Hye Su), a mobster working with an old rival, and Pyeong's psychotically violent nemesis Agwee (Kim Yoon Seok). The deeper Goni goes, the more he realizes that he has to wise up quickly to make it out alive.

Despite playing a degenerate gambler who finds himself in too deep too often, Goni becomes a likable hero because of Cho Seung Woo's charismatic performance. Any good con needs a figure that will draw a target in like moth to a fire, and Cho convinces you that Goni oozes more than enough charm to make that happen every single time. While Baek and Yu Hae Jin offer solid support as Pyeong and Goni's partner-in-crime, respectively, Kim Hye Su burns up the screen as Madam Jeong. Sexy, confident, and conniving, Jeong may be another lowlife who cheats people out of their money for a living, but Kim inhibits the role so flawlessly that she steals every single scene she's in.

Split into ten chapters, Tazza has a complex story that is clearly and expertly told by a confident director. Goni's story is packed with so many double-crosses and supporting characters that it should scare off any novice. Choi manages to not only juggle all the elements with style, but also tell the story in an intricate non-linear narrative structure that requires the audiences' attention at all times. Accompanied by Jang Yeong Gyu's cool-as-ice jazz score and dizzying camerawork by cinematographer Choi Young Hwan, Tazza is a thrilling, funny, and gripping ride for all 140 minutes of its running time. If Choi can bring the same kind of skills to The Thieves, audiences should be in for an entertaining cinematic experience.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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April 23, 2007

This customer review refers to Tazza: The High Rollers (AKA: War of Flowers) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Special Edition) (Korea Version)
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A decent movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I thought the movie was entertaining enough to watch from the beginning to the end. It had great acting from all the casts in the movie. There's no need to learn about playing cards to enjoy the movie. The packaging is superb with a digipack.
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