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Thirst (2009)

Bakjwi (original title)
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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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
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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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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  »

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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 original Korean title directly translates to "Bat" 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 In Secret (2013) See more »

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Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Different kind of Beast
4 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

No pun intended. I'm not going to spoil anything about the story, but it's safe to assume that you already know, what kind of character the main actor portrays. And of course being a priest while being "naughty" exaggerates all that. Plus this is the most erotic movie from Park Chan Wook yet.

If you have seen Wook's previous works/movies you know he is very visual (in a good way) and it shows again here. While it strays away from the vengeance theme of his prior movies on the surface, it still has quite some heat hidden underneath. And when that boils, quite a few bad things start to happen. But through all that dark, there also moments of light (fun) to be had too. A very stylistic and though provoking movie, that lives outside the mainstream and does a very good job ...


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