Thirst (2009)

Genre: Drama, Horror














Thirst (Bakjwi) is a vampire movie by one of the best South Korean directors - Chan-wook Park, famous abroad for his Oldboy. This horrific love story earned director prestigious Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Sang-hyeon (Kang-ho Song) is a well liked and devoted catholic priest who is helping at local hospital, providing reconciliation to patients at their last hours. While appearing strong on outside, Sang-hyeon is internally hurting by the suffering in the world and his inability to help. Giving everything, he participates in risky medical experiment to find a cure for deadly virus. Things go wrong and he (nearly) dies, but is saved by blood transfer, and quickly recovers fully.


A days pass and he became aware of changes that happen in him, physically and psychologically. After these event, he is being viewed as messianic figure in his town. People flock to him for some kind of salvation. Among them is his childhood friend, and his wife that he fells in love with. Struggling with what little of humanity is left in him, being used by the wife and others, doing things he would never have imagined doing  he tries to make it right.


Another great work from Chan-wook Park, having excellent cast at his disposal, he makes a different kind of vampire movie, trademarked by his use of excessive violence an beautiful cinematography. Some unseen and impressive displays of supernatural powers of creatures of the night.

Abusive and grotesque love story, full of (blood) lust, sex and violence. Where everything ends in a beautiful sunrise in a memorable finale.

Exceptional. Highly recommended.

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3 comments:

  1. I haven't watch this yet, thanks for posting.

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  2. This is a masterpeice I love this one, I'm hesitant to watch a drama but this was an art.

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  3. The thing that bugged me about this movie was the strong reference to Emile Zolas "Therese Raquin". After he becomes the vamipre its almost entierly copied from "Therese Raquin". Sure, he had his own personal touch on the film but I couldn't see this as his own creation as most charecharistics of "Therse Raquin" were implemented in the movie.
    If you know "Therese Raquin" you know exactly what im talking about, and if you don't I recommend you read it.

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