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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tazza: The High Rollers

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Movie : Tazza : The High Rollers aka The War Of Flower / 타짜
Release Date : September 9, 2006
Country : South Korea
Director : Dong-hun Choi
Starring: Seung-woo Jo, Hye-su Kim, Yun-shik Baek
Runtime : 139 Minutes
Extended Cast:
Dong-hun Choi, Jong-ryol Choi, Yeong-min Ha, Jin-mo Ju, In-gi Jung, Eung-su Kim, Jeong-nan Kim, Kang-woo Kim, Kwang-gyu Kim, Kyeong-ik Kim, Sang-ho Kim, Yun-seok Kim, Tae-won Kwon,Jae-gu Lee,Su-kyeong Lee - Hwa-ran,Jeong-eun Lim,Hae-jin Yu

Synopsis: (from flixter) Plot: A guy with a talent for cards makes his way into the dangerous world of underground gambling in this crime thriller from South Korea. Go-ni (Jo Seung-woo) is a small-town guy with a big appetite for gambling. Convinced he?s on a hot streak one evening during a card game, Go-ni bets his life savings on a hand of hwatu, only to lose to a crooked cardsharp. Determined to get revenge, Go-ni sets out to find the guy who cheated him and win back his money.
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I decided to watch this movie because someone said "If you liked Godfather then you will like this" but I would rather say "If you liked Godfather you will like Korean drama All In and if you liked All In you will like this"

Occasionally I felt like watching 24 episodes long All In squeezed in this super long 2 h 20 min movie but also like it was similar to War of Money (Korean Drama) Since this movie was based on a comic book, it really felt like it. Things happened without proper explanation, it wasn't deep and it went on like a comic book would. It went on a bit too fast in fact, I felt like resting a bit in the middle. Also, time jumps messed things up a little bit. Everything seemed so disorganized though only occasionally. Presentation was interesting spiced up with good jazz, this was definitely one of the most delicious looking cakes. Looks pretty and simple but when you taste it the filling seems complicated and you can't tell what it is. Even though it seemed fast advancing it didn't make me feel bored, though it was a bit numbing. I wasn't that satisfied with ending, it left me thinking and scratching my head "Like this? That's all?" it left me yearning for more even though I was happy that marathon was over. It was a bit absurd and a bit rushed. In the end I really didn't get what's the point of whole movie? Though it really showed me how ugly gambling can be. Gambling obsession is reality, world of gambling is something you should stay away from. Once you get into swirl it's never ending or then it will be harder than hard to get out. How ironic was that scene when Goni held on his backpack, it opened and all the money went flying in the air and so he lost everything.

If you want realistic movie forget this. This is rather stylish dream of a wannabe gambler. Why would anyone respect someone who cuts hands and fingers of people who lose to him? And if they happen to win they would probably end up dead. Was there any other points in this movie that to be entertaining and look cool? I felt like there were some deep thoughts, hard to reach but they were there. If you start to search for them and digging you will feel scared. because those things are ugly, uglier than the ugliest person you know.

I don't have much to say about the cast. They were good, acted well but didn't catch my attention specially. Director woke up my interests, maybe I'll watch some other movies of his.

4/5
Entertaining, fast paced, stylish, cool, complex, classy OST, good acting.

Seung-woo Jo
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My first time seeing this fella. He managed his part well. I still cannot figure if his character was suposed to be good or bad. But liked him. He had this phony smile.

Kim Hye Soon
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She was sexy, I just have to admit it because it was the truth.

Screen Caps


So, do they look alike?


This movie felt like marathon.


You cheat, you face the consequences

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I liked the beginning of the movie far more than what came in latter half. It was so simple, celar and kinda felt safe. Like childhood memories.


And my memories of excellend War of Money were awakened.


Goni was totally Korean superman #3. he got stabbed, shot, he fell from train, he was in a car accident and he survived everything. This gutsy fellow. If Goni and Harry (from Lobbyist ~Korean superman #2) had a battle I dunno who would win?


I didn't expect her be that crazy for money... tsk tsk

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Goni is cool!

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Woman who's lips are "like wet rose" is sexy xD

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She is also schieming, two faced witch.

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Never take up gambling. You think you will be able to control yourself? No, you kidding? It's gambling that controls you. It's like drug.

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Stars

I still dunno what's gonna be here. Probably stuff about my favorite actors/actresses. Not much news because I'm kinda bad with catching latest stuff. Maybe old news that I find interesting.

News:

2/8/11 Rain's "Poodle" Look
1/17/11 Piggy Dolls
1/17/11 DBSK is over?
1/17/11 Big Bang Comeback
10/30/08Epic High getting disbanded?
10/21/08 Rain "A sexual reference?"
8/28/08 Rain is in trouble for concert cancellations

Rumors:
12/10/10 Hyun Bin's Cosmetic Surgery

Other:
2PM You are Beautiful parody
Lee Jun Ki - Cosmopolitan Sept 2008
Kim Rae Won - Hang Ten fall collection 2008

Rain Is in Trouble for Concert Cancellations

Friday August 29, 2008 Korea
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Avoiding trouble will only make it worse.

Rain is being called to Hawaii on November 4th 2008. But the trip is not to show off his English skills.

Instead he is being called to testify in front of a federal court for the abrupt cancellation of his concert last year in June 2007. Local promoter, Click Entertainment, is suing Rain and demanding that Rain and his organizers, JYP Entertainment and Star M pay more than 4 million USD for the Aloha Stadium fiasco.

Rain and his previous management have avoided the call to court in Korea. And now faced with a court date in Hawaii, they will likely push to postpone the appearance. If granted, that would buy an extra 2-3 months. But, why postpone? He really should just be a man and take responsibility for his actions. Because, no matter how you slice it, Rain has to go to court anyways. So a few more months is not going to make the pain any less.

Rain’s current management company, J-tunes is washing their hands of any responsibility.

Last year, Rain also abruptly cancelled his concerts in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

source: popseoul
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Wooot? I never expected to hear something like this (I heard this is supposed to be old news?). I have been very disappointed with him lately already and now this happens. I didn't actually know that they could sue for cancelling a concert... but hell, it's America, they sue for everything. He better have a good explanation.

Somehow I felt something bad was coming. What's with all that going to America and acting all big, anyways? (what's with Ninja Assassin and Speed Racer... so LAME!)Wasn't it enough to be a big star in Korea, China and Japan? Why not go to Russia then or something (if you get in trouble, then pay some extra cash and you are free lol). Why must it always be America? America is no good, it's bad, very bad. And this is definitely not doing good to Rain's career/imago at all. Except if he finishes this off with style then it's simply free advertising. I say, use this opportunity Rain. Easier said than done, how's he gonna survive with his Engrish in the court?

Check Rain's new style! Boy, do I hate it? Yeah... xD I feel kinda guilty for making so much fun of him...

I know he didn't cancell the concerts himself. I am really curious why did they cancell them anyways? And it better not be anything stupid. But still Rain is like a super mega star and a real money factory to whom he is working to so he should use that power to say something about things. I know I shouldn't say this but if I were in his pants I would have done some things differently. Though entertainment world is cruel and merciless. And did I say alredy that he should use some money to employ a good stylist. *hint*hint* THOUGH if it's true that he got into business with money and not the talent (in the first place) then I dunno if he is actually that talented or not. Do I like him only because he is (was?) hot or because he is talented? I'm starting to doubt myself.

"J-tunes is washing their hands of any responsibility."
If this is true I am so killing them. Their fault in the first place.

I actaully feel like Rain has been doing totally wrong decisions lately. Oh, he got to sing in olympic games and got his own postmarks but still... I feel like everything has gone wrong since he went to America. I'm not trying to bash America here but it's totally different world... I heard he cancelled a concert lately, don't remember where (in China?) because of Rain... come on...

Whatever, I'm still his fan. I'm eagerly waiting for the new draam and I hope it will be filmed despite everything.

Who Are You ep 14


*you are so dead*
*look who's talking*
*grrrrrrr*


Just look at his expressions, so hialrious xD

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That IQ comment was too much, too much. xD


This was such a sweet moment.


Seung Hyo get's an idea^^


First he looks like wtf and then *I got it smirk*


*Gotcha*

*no. I gotcha*

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He just had to do it...

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Cute noona, cute pose.
Sexy noona, sexy pose.
I'm putting my stamp on you.
Geez, what a playboy xD

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Jae Ha. You are so dead!

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This is a tuff guy! One serious dude here! There is no messin around with him.
Looks like there are gonna be bodies xD

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When I want to start something I'm the biggest coward. I'm also the most courageous.

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She finally realized that Seung Hyo doesn't know how to express his feelings or how to love.

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I just thought this picture was good. Colors are pretty and there are so many details.

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Nice clothes.

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Nice suit. Actually in this drama I have seen the most stylish suits. I wonder who's suits they used?

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"Let us have a happy ending"

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Young Kye Sang's fingers are PRETTY!

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Isn't this one of the most important moments in whole drama? Isn't this when Seung Hyo realized that he loved the world.

Yoon Kye Sang goodies
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