Who said gambling is all about luck, when you can cheat your way up to the top to gain the big bucks. “Tazza 2: The Hidden Card” takes gambling to a whole other level, making it seem like child’s play.
Ham Dae-Gil (Choi Seung Hyun/T.O.P), a young and elite gambler. His gambling streak leads to a reconnection with his first love Heo Mina (Shin Se-Kyung), but their reunion is bittersweet after Dae-Gil loses to Jang Dong-Sik (Kwak Do-Won) in a game of Hwatu. It turns out the game was rigged by conspirators. Dae-Gil is blamed for a deal gone wrong and he is forced to go on the run, with the help of Heo Mina. While on the run Dae-Gil finds mentor Ko Gwang-Ryeol (Yoo Hae-Jin) and restarts his gambling career. As his life slowly turns for the better, it quickly falls and leads to an ultimate game of revenge.
“Tazza 2: The Hidden Card” is a better movie than I thought it would be, since it is a movie that focuses on gambling. It kept me intrigued and didn’t have a slow moment to where I would get bored.
For people who don’t know, a Tazza is a hustler or dishonest gambler that cheats and uses tricks to win. The game they play is called “Hwatu” which originated in Japan.
I was influenced to watch this movie because of the star-studded cast, though mostly because of T.O.P, Honey Lee, and Shin Se-Kyung. T.O.P is an idol turned actor, but his acting skills is on the same level as his rapping skills. Watching him portray a goofy character, which has a serious side was too adorable, since his real personality is almost the same. The two main girls in the movie had to be my favorite characters, because of Honey Lee’s characters mannerisms and Shin Se-Kyung’s character’s strong and crazy personality.
Kang Hyeong-Cheol is the director of this plot-twisting movie. His take on how the scenes should be shot was amazing, especially the over emphasized shots and angles of the women to provoke a male gaze. For instance, when Honey Lee’s character was walking into the gambling house with the camera slowly moving up her body, all the guys and girls stopped playing to look at her. Another aspect of that scene was the jazz song they used for her entrance, it was well placed and added that extra sexiness to her character.
The ending is very brutal and suspenseful since their last gambling game has their lives at stake. Though the one scene where all the remaining players declare their rules for the game has to be one of my favorite parts in the movie. Shin Se-Kyung’s character makes a quick remark to Jang saying “can’t get your dick up, right?” making everyone pause until Honey lee’s character laughs at him mockingly. This scene is supposed to be serious and game focused and that moment eased the tension, giving me a good laugh.
I give this movie an 8 out of 10 for its dramatic planned out storyline, because some of the events in the story were predictable. The film used too many side characters to put the main characters in certain situations to keep the plot going. Don’t get me wrong the side characters are important to the story, but some of them could have been left out to make the movie shorter.
Still I recommend this movie to people who can sit through a long movie that focuses on the main point of gambling and betrayal. Also you might learn a few sneaky tricks, to win against your friends, but you might just be one of those people who are considered “lucky”.