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Thirst (2009)

Bakjwi (original title)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director:

Chan-wook Park (as Park Chan-wook)

Writers:

Émile Zola (inspired by "Thérèse Raquin"), Chan-wook Park (screenplay by) (as Park Chan-wook) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

Lusting after sinful pleasures.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

There is a seemingly random brief shot at around 1:20:25 of a blood red ceiling with a single lightbulb. It's an intentional homage to one of William Eggleston's most famous photographs, entitled The Red Ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Tae-ju: I don't have faith. I'm not going to Hell.
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Alternate Versions

On the South Korean and French Blu-ray editions, there is a director's cut featuring 13 minutes of new footage, including extended versions of many scenes. See more »

Connections

Version of Thérèse Raquin (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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One of the best recent takes on the vampire genre
17 May 2010 | by IndyrodSee all my reviews

Talk about getting your socks knocked off, this newest amazing movie from Park Chan-wook's would be my favorite new take on the vampire genre, if not for "Let the Right One In", which still remains my fav, but this one is right behind it. A Catholic Priest volunteers for some radical medical experiments, that turn him into a vampire. He tries his best to be a good vampire, and not kill anybody, but it's pretty clear, that's going to be rather difficult. Park mixes in some black comedy into this one, just as he does in most of his earlier films, but the subject matter is dead serious. It also has one of the best vampire sex scenes I have ever seen. The vampire Priest steals blood from hospitals and anywhere he can find it, but when he meets his new lover, things pretty much go downhill, when she wants to become a vampire too. This is an excellent entry into the vampire genre, and continues Park Chan-wook's amazing body of work. This is not to be missed, every minute of the 134 min running time is entertaining as hell.


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Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

Korean | English | French

Release Date:

30 April 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,889, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$318,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,085,023
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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