Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)

I’m a big fan of modern Korean cinema. Ever since Shiri exploded onto screens in 1998 it seemed like Korean cinema has been unstoppable. From 1998-2004 Korea had been spitting out masterpiece after masterpiece. Lately I feel that the output of Korean cinema has really grown and the movies had gotten much bigger but so has the number of bad movies.

Tazza (Korean for pro gambler or high roller) is one of the biggest hits of 2006. It’s playing now in LA with English subtitles at the mpark4 theater on the corner of Wilshire and Vermont. The place is brand new and I hope they’ll be bringing in a lot of new Korean releases with English subtitles.

As for the movie itself. Like many Korean films it is super slick with gorgeous cinematography and top notch editing. The story is a cross between God of Gamblers (The film’s climactic card game also takes place on a boat – perhaps a homage to Chow Yun Fat’s classic gambling movie) and The color of money with enough new stuff thrown in to keep you interested.

If I have any complaints about the movie is that it is a bit too long (almost two and a half hours) and it does drag a bit. I also had some difficulty understanding some of the gambling bits (The cards they use are not the standard cards and I wasn’t familiar with the games they were playing). Still, this didn’t stop me from enjoying this well made film. It’s not must-see Korean cinema but it’s fun.

After the movie I talked to the manager of mpark4 and he said he’ll include English subtitling information on their website in the future (For now the site is only in Korean). If they do this could become an excellent place to catch the latest Korean releases on film. A real dream come true for fans.

I bummed this image from dvdasian.com

The DVD is coming out in a few days so I bummed this image from dvdasian.com

Cho Seung Woo (Tom Cruise) with his mentor Baek Yun Shik (Paul Newman)


~ by bettertomorrow on February 18, 2007.

2 Responses to “Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)”

  1. Hey,

    If anyone is reading this and hasn’t seen this movie and would like to, they will be showing it at “The Newport Beach Film Festival” on April 23 at 7:30pm if you want to check it out.

  2. Cool.
    Do you know what other movies will be showing at the Newport Beach film festival?
    Looks like they only list the films in April…..

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