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

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Thirst -- The director of Old Boy delivers a wicked love story that takes classic vampire lore to twisted new heights. A priest fights his vampire nature until an affair unleashes his darkest desires.
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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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 »
Lusting after sinful pleasures.
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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8 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Romance, Religion, Madness, and lots of slurping See more (92 total) »


  (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
Dongho Han .... senior fx
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
June Lee .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bakjwi" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language
133 min | South Korea:145 min (director's cut) | Canada:148 min (Blu-ray Disc)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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The original Korean title directly translates to "Bat"See more »
Priest Sang-hyeon:Grant me the following in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Like a leper rotting in flesh, let all avoid me. Like a cripple without limbs, let me not move freely. Remove my cheeks, tht tears may not roll down them. Crush my lips and tongue, that I may not sin with them...See more »
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57 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Romance, Religion, Madness, and lots of slurping, 21 August 2009
Author: tjackson from Boston. MA

Not for the squeamish, but the number of twists, inventive uses of situations using vampire mythology, gorgeous visual extremes, together with interesting and quirky characters make this one of the most stunning horror films I've ever seen. It descends into utter madness along with characters, but never seems exploitative or horrific without purpose. There are copious amounts of bloodletting accompanied by some nasty sucking and squishing sounds, but also subtle moments where you laugh out loud. As he tends to do, Chan-wook Park keeps you off center with leaps in time and plot and situation that you have to fill in for yourself forcing your involvement in the story and characters.

And there's a lot of literal leaping. Keeping in the vein of vampire myth (pun intended), they have superhuman strength and can nearly leap tall buildings in a single bound (to coin a phrase). The first time our heroine is carried by the across the tops of buildings by the troubled vampire priest, it has all the magical romance of Lois Lane and Superman - but this romance becomes increasingly disturbing - but driven by a strange and conflicted 'love affair' not by mere horror.

The acting is superb, particularly OK-vin Kim, the gorgeous actress in the female lead role who, at 22, shows a range that is remarkable. The character borders on a kind of black widow film noir type. She careens from innocent to impish to vixen to demon with utter conviction. This is a really smooth and nervy performance.

If you love real art in horror, or are a fan of Oldboy - don't wait for the video, see it immediately.

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