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Thirst (2009) More at IMDbPro »Bakjwi (original title)

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Thirst -- A failed medical experiment turns a man of faith into a vampire with a taste for more than just blood. Taking a lover, the couple's desires turn them into mass murderers.
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Director:
Writers:
Chan-wook Park (screenplay)
Émile Zola (inspired by the book "Thérèse Raquin")
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Release Date:
30 April 2009 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, tragic, twisted, absurd, and darkly comic See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Priest Sang-hyeon

Ok-bin Kim ... Tae-ju
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

Eriq Ebouaney ... Immanuel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hee-jin Choi ... Nurse
Woo-seul-hye Hwang ... Girl with a whistle
Hwa-ryong Lee ... Professor Ku
Mi-ran Ra ... Nurse Yu
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Directed by
Chan-wook Park 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seo-Gyeong Jeong  screenplay
Chan-wook Park  screenplay
Émile Zola  inspired by the book "Thérèse Raquin"

Produced by
Soo-hyun Ahn .... producer
Joon H. Choi .... associate producer
Hak-beom Kim .... co-associate producer
Katharine Kim .... co-executive producer
Miky Lee .... executive producer
Ki-moon Nam .... co-associate producer
Chan-wook Park .... producer
Bob Seh .... co-associate producer
 
Original Music by
Yeong-wook Jo 
 
Cinematography by
Chung-hoon Chung 
 
Film Editing by
Jae-beom Kim 
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
 
Set Decoration by
Jiyeon Song 
 
Costume Design by
Sang-gyeong Jo 
 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Jong-hee Song .... hair designer
Jong-hee Song .... make-up designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seung Koo Kwon .... second unit director: action
 
Sound Department
Jeng Gun .... sound recordist
Chang-seop Kim .... sound designer
Suk-won Kim .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Sunghun Cha .... visual effects artist
Kang Chang-bae .... visual effects artist
Kang Changbae .... visual effects
Hyun-Cheol Chung .... visual effects
Yuseop Ham .... visual effects
Changbae Kang .... visual effects
Jeon-hyeong Lee .... visual effects supervisor
Jihyun Nam .... head of effects
Kwang-Ha Ryu .... visual effects
Jeong Hun Seong .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hyun-won Park .... lighting technician
 
Music Department
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Jeongeun Choi .... script supervisor
Sean Lee .... investment executive
 
Thanks
June Lee .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bakjwi" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
133 min | South Korea:145 min (director's cut) | Canada:148 min (Blu-ray Disc)
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2009) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Japan:R15+ | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45440)

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Trivia:
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 »
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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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61 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, tragic, twisted, absurd, and darkly comic, 14 August 2009
Author: yfguitarist from usa

If you love Chan-wook Park, you know what to expect. His films are brutal, poetic, tragic, and artistic, with splashes of very grim humor. THIRST is clearly Park's style, and I loved every second of it, from the cinematography (every shot is gorgeous and creative) to the story, which blends Shakespearean tragedy, murderous love, Gothic horror, and layered character drama. The characters are complex and there is plenty of moral ambiguity to go around. Even the most sociopathic character evokes sympathy. The direction is restrained and the performances are nuanced - like SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, there are too many subtleties to take in on the first viewing. Chan-wook Park is an intelligent, bold, consistently surprising filmmaker. It's unpredictable - scenes go from brutal and heart-wrenching to laugh-out-loud hilarious in an instant. This is closer to LADY VENGEANCE then SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE as far as being over-the-top and comical. But, like LADY VENGEANCE, it's incredibly rich, thought-provoking, and rewarding.

If you like beautifully told vampire stories (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) or are a fan of Chan-wook Park, seeing THIRST should be obvious. Easily one of the best films of 2009.

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