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Thirst (2009)

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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sang-hyun (as Song Kang-ho)
Hee-jin Choi ... Nurse Sa
Dong-soo Seo ... Hyo-sung
Hwa-ryong Lee ... Doctor Ku
Mi-ran Ra ... Nurse Yu
In-hwan Park ... Priest Roh (as Park In-hwan)
... Emmanuel Research Director (as Eriq Ebouney)
Thati Peele ... Emmanuel Research Nun (as Onthatile Peele)
Jong-ryol Choi ... Grandfather
Yong-wan Goo ... Devotee
... Whistle Girl
... Mrs. Ra (as Kim Hae-sook)
... Kang-woo (as Shin Ha-kyun)
... Tae-ju (as Kim Ok-vin)
... Young-du (as Oh Dal-su)
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Storyline

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Lusting after sinful pleasures.

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Drama | Horror | Romance

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Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2009 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,889, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$296,441, 21 August 2009
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The first mainstream Korean film to feature full-frontal male nudity 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.
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Version of Thérèse Raquin (1979) See more »

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Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Beautiful, tragic, twisted, absurd, and darkly comic
14 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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