Starring: T.O.P as Ham Dae Gil, Shin Se Kyung as Heo Mi Na, Yu Hae Jin as Ko Kwang Ryeol, Lee Ha Nui as President Woo, Kwak Do Won as Jang Dong Shik, and Lee Kyeong Yeong as Manager Ko Jang
Rating: R, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 147 min
Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars
Synopsis: Ham Dae Gil, a young man with natural born talents in gambling, makes a dazzling debut as a gambler and gets reunited with his first love Heo Mi Na. However, Dae Gil soon becomes the scapegoat of betrayal and conspiracy and is forced to be in the run. He plans to get revenge and prepares for one big, fated game for Min Na who has been helping him every step of the way.
Musings: I don’t know where to start with this movie, other than to say that it is simply amazing! I’ve watched the original movie with my beloved Jo Seung Woo and the drama, Tazza with Jang Hyuk but I must say that this movie truly tops them both! BOTH!! It is so rare for me to say that the newest is actually a better story than the original but I’m putting it in writing, right here.
T.O.P not only personified the character Dae Gil, he WAS Dae Gil! His characterization of this man who was a cheat but one with a heart was worth the time and effort to watch this movie. He was handsome, sexy, and oh so into this role! This truly was his best role to date!
I’ve said it once and I will say it again, Shin Se Kyung always puts in amazing performances in her movies! Every one that I’ve seen, I’ve been duly impressed and each time is surely one more plus mark to wash away the bad tastes left from her dramas (okay, still haven’t watched Sensory Couple yet); but she has this ability to act her characters perfectly in movies. Again, she impressed me!
But who could walk away and not speak one word about Miss Honey Lee as President Woo. This woman oozed control and sensuality simply being on the screen; and talk about a killer in a red dress? That’s her!
The entire cast of characters managed to move the story and make it one exciting watch. I could individually talk about each one, but why do that when you should simply watch the movie. I learned a lot about the hidden gambling industry, the card game, as well as the tricks of the cheating trade. I was never bored, considering this movie is well over 2 hours long. Yes, there is a level of violence, not too much. I also have to caution about the sexual content but even that is not the worse I’ve seen in some Korean movies. But what you definitely get is action, suspense and drama that culminates to a very well put-together ending. Enjoy! I sure did!
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website here. The movie is available on DramaFever and other various streaming websites.
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