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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 sins of the father bleed out. See more (88 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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: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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Thérèse Raquin (1965) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ich habe genugSee more »

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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The sins of the father bleed out., 29 November 2009
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.

Chan-wook Park, you have to hand it to the guy. In my eyes, he's not only a brilliant director but a brilliant director who can turn his hand to any genre and often provides something refreshing yet still ultimately satisfying.

Thirst is, essentially, a vampire tale but one that plays fast and loose with some of the "rules" of the subgenre. Kang-ho Song plays Father Sang-hyeon, a man who unselfishly gives himself over to a research program and then unselfishly kind of catches the disease they are trying to cure, dies and comes back. All thanks to the blood he was transfused with. Being the only one of the subjects to survive, he becomes quite the celebrity to those who know him and all he wants is to get back to normal. Normal, however, now involves being able to leap great distances without injury, wanting to drink blood and getting severely hot under the collar when rays of sun get on his skin. It's not long before he's living with a rather dysfunctional family unit who knew him in his childhood and while he hides his new, strange lifestyle he finds himself drawn into a complex love triangle, becoming more acceptable of darker thoughts and sliding down a slippery slope that could lead him from man to beast to monster.

Deftly blending a number of genres, Park's movie felt much fresher and more original to me than Let The Right One In (to use a recent example) and genuinely impressed me with it's approach to material that could easily have felt as well-worn and rehashed as any number of other vampire movies we've seen over the years. It's a mixture of horror, melodrama and comedy while also pondering ideas such as strength of faith, the power over life and death, the downside of immortality, etc, etc.

Some people have complained that this genre-blending approach weakens the movie but I personally found that it was a lively, entertaining and always enjoyable movie helped by a great central performance from Song as the tortured priest and fantastic turns from a supporting cast with no weak links. Many characters get to move through a range of emotions and all do so with skill and believability, especially the young woman (played by OK-vin Kim) who becomes the object of the priest's love, lust and affection.

Fans of Asian cinema (and Park in particular) and also fans of Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart" (watch and learn) should lap this up, it's yet another classy movie from a man who seems to take everything in his stride and always manages to put out nothing less than solid entertainment.

See this if you like: Cronos, Near Dark, Dellamorte Dellamore AKA Cemetery Man.

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