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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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30 April 2009 (South Korea)  »

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Thirst  »

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 »

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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 Thérèse Raquin (1950) See more »

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Ich habe genug
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Brilliant!
17 July 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I won't bore you with any synopsis, chances are you already know them. And hopefully you are already familiar with Park Chan-Wook's work.

I STRONGLY disagree with some of the other commentators in saying that "Park has not moved on from the vengeance trilogy blah blah blah." Because you know what? He HAS!!! The vengeance trilogy were different from each other in style to begin with, how can you even compare the sombreness and subtlety of "Sympathy For Mr Vengeance" with the frantic and extravagance of "Oldboy"? Park Chan-Wook has incredible style, but his movies don't all share the SAME style! That has been true and remains true with the release of "Thirst".

"Thirst" is an incredible picture, it literally has EVERYTHING you want in a movie. Jaw-dropping violence, tasteful gore, great humour, incredible suspense and even very realistic sex scenes. The story is so crazy that at no point can you guess what will happen next. I'm so happy to say that Park is back in top form with this fantastic dark-comic-vampire-love-story. Watch it as soon as you can!


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