SBS bets the house on “Tazza”

Written by Han Sunhee
Thursday, 18 September 2008

SEOUL — The 2006 Korean hit movie “Tajja” (aka “Tazza: the High Rollers”) has been remade as a TV series for broadcaster SBS.

Original gambling actioner, which was based on well known cartoon series, was helmed by Choi Dong-hoon and produced by Sidus FNH. It was seen by 6.85 million people and grossed some $44 million at the local box office.

For the SBS skein actor Jang Hyuk replaces Cho Seung-woo as lead character Goni, while Kang Sung-yeon replaces Kim Hye-soo as Madam Jung, and Kim Ghab-soo stands in for Kim Yun-seok as Ah-gwi. Kim Min-jun joins the cast as a dual character likened to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

But the switch-arounds are seen as little problem for auds. The comic book series penned by Hur Young-man represented classic pulp fiction as it came in four volumes each with different characters.

A film sequel, “Tazza 2,” helmed by wunderkind Jang Jun-hwan (“Save the Green Planet”) is set for release at the end of the year.

© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Source : Variety Asia

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