Thirst

  • 18
  • Park Chan-wook (2009)
  • S Kor / US (SUB)
  • 128 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook sinks his teeth into the vampire subgenre in this audacious though overlong tale of sin and redemption. Taking another twisted journey into the heart of human darkness, the South Korean innovator uses bloodsucking as the ultimate moral challenge for altruistic small-town priest Sang-hyun (The Host's Song Kang-ho) after an infected transfusion leaves him undead. Sang-hyun's consequent craving for blood is matched by a new thirst for sex, making him doubly question his faith when he begins a destructive affair with an unhappily married woman (Kim Ok-vin). The macabre farce that ensues borrows from Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin, ramping up the 19th-century novel's key plot points with stylish visuals that even give the film's visceral splashes of eroticism and violence an intoxicating beauty. Nonetheless, it's Park's balancing act between horror, gallows humour and poignant emotion that is the Cannes winner's greatest strength, ensuring the rambling narrative remains compelling despite its increasingly illogical development.

Plot Summary

Horror from the director of Oldboy. After selflessly offering himself as a guinea pig to help find a cure for a deadly virus, small-town priest Sang-hyun is transformed into a vampire. But his attempts to balance his faith with his new carnal desires come undone when he begins a destructive affair with an oppressed married woman whose bloodlust quickly outstrips his own.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sang-hyun
Song Kang-ho
Tae-ju
Kim Ok-vin
Madame Ra
Kim Hae-sook
Kang-woo
Shin Ha-gyun
Old priest
Park In-hwan
Seung-dae
Song Young-chang
Immanuel
Eriq Ebouaney
Evelyn
Mercedes Cabral

Crew

Director
Park Chan-wook

Other Information

Language: 
Korean, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metrodome
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Oct 2009
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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