Favorite Movie Quote: "Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and have me live in shame."
Should the name Chan-wook Park sound relatively familiar, it is. More than almost any other living Korean film-maker, Park solidified his well-earned reputation with the sleeper hit Oldboy. Although I've enjoyed & certainly respected his decisions when it comes to other works, I couldn't fathom anything so masterful nor as mature. Thirst actually exceeded every last one of my expectations & easily became my favorite film of 2009.
Thankfully, we were granted a North American release for Bakjwi although the 145 min Director's Cut is a bit more obscure & harder to find. At any rate, I am grateful to have seen the film at all & am completely excited about Park's future endeavors once again. Park has earned his weight in gold as far as I'm concerned.
After witnessing the deaths of so many around him, Priest Sang-hyeon decided to undergo a medical procedure which could prove to be extremely fatal. However, Sang-hyun is convinced that his Lord will watch over him & he's determined to go through with the experiment irregardless of how risky the treatment may be.
As fate would have it, Sang-hyun does survive by means of infected blood which turns him into a vampire. Now he must drink the fluid of life for sustenance as well as battle his new found carnal desires. It's not an easy task to obtain blood but Sang-hyun embraces the challenge & finds himself battling the seven deadly sins.
Although it's hard to decide whether Park intends for his film to be a very morbid comedy with splashes of drama, Thirst is compulsively watchable & you'll find yourself irrevocably glued to the screen from the opening scene until the tragic ending. If you love Chan-wook Park, you know pretty much what to expect. His films are often tragic, twisted, & yet darkly comical. Thirst makes good use of Park's skills to weave a great tale and keep you begging for literally more.
Much like Oldboy, it's not always evident where Thirst will take you but you can be sure it's going to be a wild ride worth taking. The story is incredibly rich, the characters are brilliant, & the Korean vampire twist seems quite authentic making Thirst the most unique film experience in the most extreme sense of the word. Also like Oldboy, Thirst is a very dark if not strange love story with many turns & twists. However, I suggest you stick with it as the film does promise quite a bit & successfully delivers each one of it's promises. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and recipient of critical and box-office acclaim in Asia, I jumped at the chance to see Park Chan Wook’s (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) latest film in a limited screening engagement in San Francisco. “THIRST” is a horror-satirical drama that explores the dark bestial side of humanity that is quite bizarre, even creepy on occasion, but never for one minute does … more
After Park Can-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy, the acclaimed Korean director goes forth with a harrowing fable about vampirism and the life of a priest who gets turned into one of the undead. Sexy, sometimes disturbing and definitely a thematic affair, Park uses his signature style of blending symbolisms, dark humor and themes that bring the viewer to ask questions about what he has seen. Exquisitely acted and definitely a must-see, "Thirst" is one of my best of … more
Thirst is at once an interesting film. From the standpoint of a vampire historian, the film manages to go places and try things that haven't been attempted in vampire films before. At times gruesome, darkly funny, graphically violent, overtly erotic, and ultimately disturbing, Thirst manages to create a flavor (no pun intended) that is unique among horror films. However, it may not be a taste that everyone will appreciate. The story follows Sang-hyun, a … more
Sang-Hyun, a Roman Catholic priest, develops urgent cravings after he selflessly volunteers to be guinea pig in a dangerous medical experiment. He resists at first, but thirst has a way of overcoming both scruples and vows. It's a story about faith and redemption, a deeply romantic and moving love story ... and a story about murder, mayhem and sex. Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK), won the Jury Prize at Cannes for this stylish and bloody reinvention of the vampire … more
A 2009 film directed by Park Chan-Wook (director of Oldboy) based on Emile Zola's novel. The film is the story about a priest who becomes a vampire because of a flawed experiment. In turn, this priest experiences all the powerful, strong frailties of being a flawed human being and comes face to face with his own conscience and lust for a woman named Tae-Ju.