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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 Mi-ran Ra ... Nurse Yu
In-hwan Park ... Priest Roh (as Park In-hwan)
Eriq Ebouaney ... Emmanuel Research Director (as Eriq Ebouney)
Thati Peele Thati Peele ... Emmanuel Research Nun (as Onthatile Peele)
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi ... Grandfather
Yong-wan Goo Yong-wan Goo ... Devotee
Woo-seul-hye Hwang ... Whistle Girl
Hae-sook Kim ... Mrs. Ra (as Kim Hae-sook)
Ha-kyun Shin ... Kang-woo (as Shin Ha-kyun)
Ok-bin Kim ... 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.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

Korean | English | French

Release Date:

30 April 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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. Pull out my nails, that I may not grasp nothing. Let my shoulders and back be bent, that I may carry nothing. Like a man with tumor in the head let me lack judgment. Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and ...
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Version of Teresa Raquin (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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The ultimate 'Twilight' antidote
7 December 2009 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

'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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