Thirst (2009)

Father Sang-hyeong makes a pilgrimage to Africa to participate in an experimental study that would help save the lives of hundreds of people if it were successful. Sang-hyeong is the only patient out of 500 volunteers that survives, but once released, the symptoms of the Emmanuelle Virus continue to set in... That is, unless he consumes human blood to disarm the blistering effects of the disease. Upon his return to Korea, he is praised as a martyr, and is brought to the home of a childhood friend to pray for a cure to his cancer. While there, he falls deeply in love with the man's wife, and must battle with his own convictions and his new blood lust in order to maintain his humanity.

Acclaimed director Park Chan-wook visits the realm of the supernatural in this hauntingly beautiful re-imagining of the classic vampire mythos. THIRST takes the subtle effectiveness of 2008's LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and introduces both a heightened sexuality and increased bloodshed. Park gracefully allows the camera to glide over every scene, with a fluid and organic camera style that is carried over from his VENGEANCE trilogy. The tragic tale of the reluctant vampire is taken to a entirely new level when a priest is stricken with the affliction, causing him to call into question his deep-rooted faith and defend his evil actions. Korean nationals Kang-ho Song and Ok-bin Kim are mesmerizing in their respective roles, creating a perfect dichotomy in their opposing actions and beliefs. The poetic lyricism of the script is only matched by the incredible visual storytelling used in painting the picture as a modern Gothic masterpiece.

Few filmmakers have taken such a daring chance in manipulating the standard conventions of the genre, but with THIRST Park Chan-wook has succeeded in twisting the vampire legend into a unique and artistic personal vision.

Rating: 9/10.

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  1. Huh, I think I was confused about what this film was actually about. Going to have to check it out, I think!

  2. I just watched this recently and it is quite fantastic, which would be the case with much of Park Chan-wook's films. He keeps his style a little more subdued in comparison to his more recent work, but that only makes the flashes of wild imagery all the more thrilling when certain moments happen, many of which are of the violent nature. Great film.

  3. I'm not a big fan of vampire flicks but this one really impressed me