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Thirst (2009)
"Bakjwi" (original title)

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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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Hae-suk Kim ...
Lady Ra
Ha-kyun Shin ...
Kang-woo
In-hwan Park ...
Priest Noh
Dal-su Oh ...
Yeong-doo
Young-chang Song ...
Seung-dae
Mercedes Cabral ...
Evelyn
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Immanuel
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Nurse
Woo-seul-hye Hwang ...
Girl with a whistle
Hwa-ryong Lee ...
Professor Ku
Mi-ran Ra ...
Nurse Yu
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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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Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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30 April 2009 (South Korea)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$296,441 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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The movie borrows many elements from Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin. Tae-ju is named after Thérèse and Lady Ra is named after Madame Raquin. See more »

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Priest Sang-hyeon: Grant me the following in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Like a leper rotting in flesh, let all avoid me. Like a cripple without limbs, let me not move freely. Remove my cheeks, tht tears may not roll down them. Crush my lips and tongue, that I may not sin with them. Pull out my nails, that I may not grasp nothing. Let my shoulders and back be bent, that I may carry nothing. Like a man with tumor in the head let me lack judgment. Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and ...
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One of the best recent takes on the vampire genre
17 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Talk about getting your socks knocked off, this newest amazing movie from Park Chan-wook's would be my favorite new take on the vampire genre, if not for "Let the Right One In", which still remains my fav, but this one is right behind it. A Catholic Priest volunteers for some radical medical experiments, that turn him into a vampire. He tries his best to be a good vampire, and not kill anybody, but it's pretty clear, that's going to be rather difficult. Park mixes in some black comedy into this one, just as he does in most of his earlier films, but the subject matter is dead serious. It also has one of the best vampire sex scenes I have ever seen. The vampire Priest steals blood from hospitals and anywhere he can find it, but when he meets his new lover, things pretty much go downhill, when she wants to become a vampire too. This is an excellent entry into the vampire genre, and continues Park Chan-wook's amazing body of work. This is not to be missed, every minute of the 134 min running time is entertaining as hell.


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