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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:
The ultimate 'Twilight' antidote See more (87 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
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
 
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:
References Three... Extremes (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ich habe genugSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate 'Twilight' antidote, 7 December 2009
Author: Radu_A

'Oldboy' director Park Chun-wook returns with what must be one of the yuckiest and at the same time most serious vampire flicks in movie history.

Trusting the latest Hollywood fad, vampires these days are supposed to be rather nonviolent, asexual, love-lorn chevaliers instead of the evil rampantly sexual blood-sucking mind-manipulating man-beasts of yore. This is the film you want to see if you want to remember the sticky thrills of the past... well, at least in the second half.

'Thirst' starts out with a lengthy character exposition culminating in a slightly different love story. The vampire transformation of a priest is, over quite some time, sidelined by the romantic and sexual aspects of the story, which makes for some awkward viewing. But the last 40 minutes or so are surprisingly gory. Well, maybe not so surprisingly if you know 'Oldboy' and 'I'm a Cyborg but that's OK', but I guess it's fair to say that 'Thirst' beats Park's earlier films in terms of in-your-face violence.

All in all, be warned that this is neither art cinema nor a horror flick. It may be too disgusting for many and too tame for some. 'Thirst' is original, entertaining and fortunately a little less weird than Park Chun-wook's earlier endeavors.

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