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Thirst (2009)

Kang-ho Song , Ok-vin Kim , Chan-wook Park  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim, Hae-sook Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, In-hwan Park
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park
  • Writers: Chan-wook Park, Seo-kyung Chung
  • Producers: Chan-wook Park, Soo-hyun Ahn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002P7UCJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thirst" on IMDb

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From the acclaimed director of the global hit Old Boy comes a shockingly original vampire story with a chilling, erotic style. A blood transfusion saves the life of a priest, but also transforms him into a vampire. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways. Hailed as “Daring, operatic, and bloody funny!” (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly), Thirst is a truly wicked love story that takes classic vampire lore to twisted new heights.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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 the film relent in exploring the psyche that comes from alienation and loneliness, while becoming a slave of love and lust.

Sang Hyun (Song Kang-Ho, The Host, Memories of Murder) is a Catholic priest who volunteers in a local hospital. He provides last rites when necessary as well emotional support to its patients. Father Hyun is well-respected but he secretly suffers from emotions that can be defined as doubt, as he witnesses the dark world around him. Yet, he cherishes life, so he volunteers to take part in an experiment to eradicate the lethal EV virus, which is a threat to every Caucasian and Asian male. Father Hyun becomes stricken with the deadly virus and a blood transfusion is ordered up for him to save his life; in turn he becomes the first survivor of the deadly virus and some folks begin to regard him as a saint. But soon after his new lease on life, Hyun finds out that the blood he had received is infected and he is now living as a vampire that only the consumption of human blood can stave off the virus.

Father Hyun struggles with his new found carnal desire for blood, and now also, his faith is put to the test when a childhood friend's wife, Tae-Ju (sexy Kim Ok-Vin) comes to him to escape the life she knew all her life.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Father Sang-hyeon is a priest with a bleeding heart. He cares for his patients and does what's in his power to do whatever they ask. EV, the Emmanuel Virus, covers its victims from the waist up with blisters, causes ulcers and hemorrhages in muscle tissue, and even causes victims to vomit blood and die from excessive bleeding if the virus spreads to the internal organs. Sang-hyeon volunteers at the Emmanuel Lab in hopes of finding a treatment for the disease, but winds up contracting the disease himself and dying in the process. The blood he receives during the transfusion, however, miraculously brings him back from the edge of death. While being the lone survivor of the ordeal, the story detailing Sang-hyeon's journey gets more and more spectacular. He comes to the realization that drinking blood makes the blisters that cover his body disappear and that he has superhuman abilities. The transfusion has made Sang-hyeon a vampire. He stays with a childhood friend while struggling with finding ways to quench his hunger for blood in addition to falling in love with Tae-Joo, his best friend's wife.

If anyone sits down with me and has a conversation with me about movies, it's only a matter of time before I reveal that Oldboy is quite possibly my favorite film of all time. So it should be no surprise that I'm willing to see anything the director, Chan-wook Park, or lead actors, Choi Min-sik and Ji-Tae Yu, are involved with. Mainly because of my love for Oldboy, but also because I'm rarely disappointed with anything they are a part of. So when I heard Chan-wook Park was tackling a vampire film, I was thrilled and even more thrilled that he managed to deliver another solid film to his already impressive filmography.

The cinematography is the film's shining feature.
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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 mythos.

This is Park Chan-Wook at the top of his game, and to my mind the very best of an outstanding resume. The acting is superb, with Korea's leading actor Kang-ho Song (The Host, and Memories of Murder) as the priest and Ok-Vin Kim as his lover and nemesis. The imagery is powerful and provocative; the camera plunges, leaps and crawls and yet the camera's smooth but relentless tracking of its subject matter never interrupts the precise and stylized framings, and always works in the service of the story. Constantly surprising for its unique approach to capturing what is on screen, the cinematography never feels like a gimmick, or like style for its own sake (a complaint one might raise about some of Park Chan-Wook's earlier works, however fascinating they are). This is a film that will affect you - it is provocative, funny, frightening, and always fascinating. Highly recommended for lovers of inventive cinema; not for the timid or squeamish.
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Published 5 days ago by Sandy Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars The directing is brilliant; the script
This is an extraordinary, poignant film. The directing is brilliant; the script, beautiful; and the filming, camera angles, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lewis R. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the vampire story. I would have ...
Interesting take on the vampire story. I would have left more room for a sequel than Chan Wook Park did, though.
Published 1 month ago by Peter C. Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars good watch
This guy makes the best movies
Published 2 months ago by jeremiah rishton
3.0 out of 5 stars Sigh
Well, I hate to say it, but this is no Oldboy. The plot is as complex, and reminds us part of the Oldboy miracle (recreated, I think, in Lady Vengence): an incredible,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as stoker
i was excited to see this since the previews made it seem really good, but ended up disappointed. didn't sympathize with any characters in it.
Published 4 months ago by bootquest
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
This is a different type of vampire story. The characters were interesting and the story was well done. The actors were all very good.
Published 6 months ago by Michael A. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh on vampirism, wow on romance
For a man who specializes in horror, Chan-wook Park is amazing at romance. The romantic relationships he builds in his films are absolutely compelling, and this one is no... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chloe H
3.0 out of 5 stars Hampered by Uneven Pacing
Thirst starts with an intriguing premise: a Priest who accidentally becomes a vampire after an anonymous blood transfusion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Decoratin4Fun!
1.0 out of 5 stars Ick...
Worst sex scenes ever. No enjoyment, no horror - except that the poor girl heroine has to live with that mother-in-law.
Published 7 months ago by vamp fan
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