"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.
Blu-ray Limited Edition comes with audio commentary, comic vs. movie featurette, making of, deleted and alternate scenes, interviews, glossary, previews, and other special features.
- Cho Seung Woo (Actor)
- Kim Hye Su (Actor)
- Baek Yoon Shik (Actor)
- Director: Choi Dong Hun
- 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
- Release Date: 2010-01-01
- Language: Korean
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Country of Origin: South Korea
- Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC
- Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
- Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
- Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
- Rating: III
- Publisher: CJ Entertainment
- Other Information: 1Disc
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