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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:
8 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Every bit as good as the Vengeance trilogy See more (90 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

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
Hyun-Cheol Chung .... visual effects
Yuseop Ham .... visual effects
Chang-bae Kang .... visual effects artist
Chang-bae Kang .... visual effects (as Kang Changbae)
Chang-bae 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
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Thérèse Raquin" (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ich habe genugSee more »

FAQ

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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Every bit as good as the Vengeance trilogy, 22 November 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

From the director of Oldboy comes this slick vampire flick. Kang-ho Song stars as a priest who is accidentally changed into a vampire while being cured of a deadly, mysterious virus. His vampirism and priesthood are quite at conflict, but he is able to survive by robbing the hospital's blood bank and unconscious patients who might not mind some siphoned blood. Because of his supposedly miraculous survival, he comes into the lives of Ha-kyun Shin's family. Shin has cancer, and his mother believes that Song can cure it. Unfortunately, Song's vampirism raises his levels of lust to a height where he can't help but fall for Shin's young wife, OK-vin Kim. Kim is intensely interested in the world of vampirism, and the two become lovers. The film from there goes in weird directions that I think one should experience for themselves. What really should be mentioned is Chan-wook Park's mastery of the medium of cinema. My God, I've rarely seen such a masterful visual artist at the peak of his powers. The major flaw of the film is that it's a little incoherent, especially near the beginning. Park is interested in telling his stories mostly in the visuals, which can be difficult to follow at times. But when it works, man, does it fly. The film is also perversely hilarious. The final sequence, easily one of the best of the decade, is simultaneously heartbreaking and delightfully ridiculous. OK-vin Kim should become a worldwide star after this film. She gives one of the best performances of the year.

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