the actor who played goni - sorta like a korean version of kaneshiro, no ?
Tajja, much like Rounders, is a movie about card players but rather than Poker, its Hwatu. Originally, invented by the Japanese (uh oh, did I say that? Better lay low. ;p) Hwatu or Hanafuda is a deck of 48 cards comprised of 12 suits (months of the year) with each suit having four cards. Each card has a picture with a different value. Popular Korean games played are "Go-Stop" and "Sutda."
As for the movie, Tajja was pretty entertaining. The movie had it all with game play, card tricks, high roller gambling, con artists, violence, sex, nudity, and a love story. The only draw back of the film was the disjointed editing which at times were abrupt and left this viewer saying "wait a minute how did we get to this scene?"
Nevertheless, all actors played their roles well with special mention going to Hye-su Kim (from Red Shoes), who not only looked good but played two or three characters convincingly. The ending of Tajja was also left somewhat opened ended for a possible sequel which may not be a bad idea.
In all, Tajja was a thoroughly entertaining movie to watch and is recommended for rental if you enjoy a well written card game movie. Understanding how to play Hwatu is unnecessary to appreciate this film, as the storyline has enough depth to keep you engaged. Though a Korean movie, the story is entertaining and can be enjoyed by all. (Not recommended for kids under 15 due to some nudity.)
i didn't know such a world existed.