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Thirst (2009)

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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

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Lady Ra
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Kang-woo
In-hwan Park ...
Priest Noh
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Yeong-doo
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Seung-dae
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Evelyn
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Immanuel
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Professor Ku
Mi-ran Ra ...
Nurse Yu
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Storyline

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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vampire | blood | priest | virus | disease | See All (121) »

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Lusting after sinful pleasures.

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Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2009 (South Korea)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,889 (USA) (31 July 2009)

Gross:

$296,441 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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The first mainstream Korean film to feature full-frontal male nudity See more »

Quotes

Priest Sang-hyeon: I don't kill anyone, you know. Hoy-sung... He loved helping the hungry. He'd offer me his blood if he wasn't in a coma. If you only heard the sponge cake story.
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Version of Teresa Raquin (1915) See more »

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Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Originality and genius
19 December 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

After watching Oldboy I was a little disappointed by the rest of Park's work, some of it is good but it never approaches the level of humour and originality that Oldboy had. This one does, it is nothing like Oldboy in plot or style but the same level of quality is there.

The acting is good with Kang-ho Song, OK-bin Kim and Ha-kyun Shin delivering excellent performances. Kim in particular manages to swap from the creepy horror scenes to the surreal comedy without the slightest misstep.

The plot is strange with lots of twists and turns and takes a big swipe at the vampire clichés.

The directing is spot on with tons of pace and humour throughout and some of the most memorable scenes I have ever seen. It does boast what is probably the weirdest love scene you will ever see.

This is just a great film.


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