March 24, 2007 (Saturday) 7:00 p.m.
Adroit College, Conference Room
1851 McCarthy Blvd. Milpitas, CA 95035
Please note new location!
“When you’re playing cards, there are no friends nor 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 critical and popular 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 Heo 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.
*Reservation is required due to the limited seats. (408-716-8443, email@example.com)
*Korean snacks and teas are provided.