Thirst (2009)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 35

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AKA: Bakjwi
Directed by: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Song Kang-ho (Sang-hyun), Kim Ok-bin (Tae-ju), Kim Hae-sook (Kang-woo’s mother), Shin Ha-kyun (Kang-woo)
Country: South Korea, Asian Cinema
Language: Korean (English Subs)
Runtime: 02:27:37
Genres: Gore-Gruesome, Scars, Infidelity, Religion, Vampires

Plot – Spoilers:
A Korean priest Sang-hyun has lost his faith but desperately clings on to the hope that it can be revived. He volunteers for a secretive project aimed at finding a vaccine for an African virus that leaves its victims with smallpox-like features. Somewhere along the way, Sang-hyun turns a corner from his human form and acquires vampire-like gifts and curses. Being a kissless virgin, the gifts acquire greater significance, especially when he meets a childhood acquaintance who is now the servant-wife of a long-lost friend.

Some have described Thirst as adult-Twilight. Which is a disservice to Park Chan-wook.

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July 1, 2020 3:20 pm

Too long and slow for my taste. Or at least it seems long.

August 17, 2020 4:12 am

Loved it! Anyone who likes dark, messy love, splashed with blood should tots watch this movie. I liked how the movie progressed A LOT. I do not mind the length of the film at all because it is a BLOODY good film.

September 29, 2021 5:50 am

An interesting take on vampire love. I liked it, but I’m odd that way.

April 26, 2022 12:23 pm

Perfect example how you can fall in love with SKorean cinema, this film can be taken seriously even with tacky vampire stereotypes