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Thirst [DVD] [2009]

Kim Ok-Bin , Song Young-Chang , Chan-Wook Park    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kim Ok-Bin, Song Young-Chang, Kang-Ho Song, Oh Dal-Su, Kim Hae-Suk
  • Directors: Chan-Wook Park
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A priest becomes a vampire...another man's wife is coveted...a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a box-office smash in Korea, Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.

Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung, inspired by Émile Zola's Therese Raquin. Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Good The Bad The Weird, The Host and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun s faith is further strained when a childhood friend's wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin) comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transubstantiation 6 Feb 2010
I watch few Korean films and my comments should be taken in that light. Thirst is a vampire film, but it is also about religion, depravity, conscience and morality. Opening with that popular device - a virus - it travels through a family that have escaped from a Zola novel, much murder, to the final very satisfying denouement. I felt it took far too long to do so, but that may simply be my western "clock". Although it was transparently not True Blood In Seoul it stuck to most of the vampire genre strengths (though Korean vampires can be seen in mirrors) while adding a very Catholic element. It is as if Graham Greene had been asked to rewrite Interview With A Vampire.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Ah, Chan Park-Wook, the *primus inter pares* of South Korean film, the man behind the "Vengeance" trilogy and the legendary "Oldboy" is not a man to rest on his laurels (two Roman references - I'll stop now) after such an illustrious slew of films. Oh no. After the slightly disappointing "I'm a Cyborg - And That's OK" he's gone straight for the jugular (sorry) with this take on Vampire mythology. And it's not a film to do things by halves either.

Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) is a christian priest who wishes to uphold his strict morality and respect for human life by volunteering for research project that's attempting to destroy a lethal virus that's threatening civilisation as we know it - However, the virus contained in the vaccine starts to have untold consequences for his health.... Hence, he receives a blood transfusion. By some strange quirk of fate (very strange), he receives vampire blood by mistake. soon Sang-hyun is showing the usual bloodsucker symptoms which, let's face it, isn't something a pious priest should have to face. And as luck will have it a friend's spouse (Kim Ok-vin) approaches him for help in escaping her sorry facade of a life. Sensual experiences follow, experiences that may just launch him headlong into sin and shatter his faith. Yes, I'm not one to use the old "it's such-and-such meets such-and-such" chestnut when trying to sum up a film, but it's "Nosferatu" meets "Nine-And-A-Half Weeks" and by golly does it whip up a Kaleidoscope of tension. And, why do women find vampires so sexy? (answers please on a postcard).

The film has received praise across the board from critics, and it damn-well deserves it too. And hats off to Pallisades Tartan for picking it up for distribution, as before this film it's been old Tartan re-releases (which believe me I would never, ever criticise). Watch now, and shun that successful franchise set in Oregon or wherever with trees and stuff. Glittery types be damned.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bloodless 22 Aug 2013
Starts well, with typically quirky characters (a la Oldboy etc), but descends into a long and convoluted plot concerning a family murder. I got monumentally bored and disappointed (l loved Oldboy) about three quarters of the way in and didn't even bother watching the end. The film is kind of lost in the hinterlands between love story, vampire movie and thriller without having the core strengths of each genre. Shame.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Therese Raquin re-visited 17 Jan 2011
By Oblomov
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This is a very good movie from an excellent director. The storyline reminded me strongly of Emile Zola's Therese Raquin - except there were no vampires in Zola's story as I recall! However the story of illicit love between a priest and a woman who is unhappily married to a rather simple and crass man and also shackled to a harridan of a mother-in-law goes down the same path - lust, love, conspiracy, murder and guilt. In Therese Raquin, the lovers drown the unfortunate husband and here too a similar path is followed. Unhappiness, hatred and despair follow. This tale of domestic misery is wrapped in an occult story of accidental vampirism (the priest takes part in a clinical trial which infects him with the need to feed on human blood. without giving away too much the vampirism escalates and his wife becomes infected too - she however feels no sense of guilt regarding this and positively embraces her new found freedom. For both of them however, the "ghost" of the murdered husband and the beady eye of his stroke ridden mother remain a very disturbing presence. Conscience and guilt destroy the relationship and the priest resolves the situation in a way that is both shocking and moving - redemption of a kind. Korea produces brilliant and thought provoking movies - even when wrapped up in what is becoming a rather hackneyed vehicle for expressing ideas of alienation and illicit love.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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. The story was about a devoted priest from a small town who volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turn for worse, he struggles to maintain what's left of his humanity.

Helmed by one of the internationally renowned Korean directors, Park Chan-wook (Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance), Thirst dissects the charms and woes of vampirism with the focus particularly on struggle with sins and deception. Right from the start, the film started questioning the priest's self righteous acts of volunteering for the deadly medical experiment. Was it really in good faith or was it selfish thought to fulfill a morbid vanity act? The movie then delves deeper into the human psyche. What if the society/community rules that bound us no longer existed? What if we succumb a little to our temptations and slowly become addicted to these sinful pleasures?

It went on questioning if you have discover the person you loved is flawed in his or her's own monstrous ways, will there be any changes to the love you had prior to the discovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great film from Korea
had high expectations after the Oldboy/Revenge trilogy and this film does not disappoint. Dark in places, great cinematography, an 'interesting' plot, superb acting with very... Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Morality Tale With A Vampiric Twist
Park Chan-wook has set cinema alight in the past few years. Delighting many with his densely plotted and original work. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but excellent vampire film
starring Song Kang-Ho Shin Ha-Kyun and Kim Ok-Vin this film is around 128 minutes long in wide screen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Harlequin
3.0 out of 5 stars This is an odd Korean vampire movie.
Other than a strong main lead actor/character (and interesting subject matter) you would not necessarily know this is the work of genius Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy..). Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by T. BROOKES
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story revamped
One of Park Chan-Wook's best films, in this reviewer's opinion. He masterfully reworks the themes of Zola's Therese Raquin in two ways: firstly, moving the action from 19th century... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Shiro
1.0 out of 5 stars totally drained
I am sorry but I absolutely hated this film as did the other two friends who watched it with me - totally bizzare (and not in a good way). Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by guitar hero
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for fans of this guy, but movie is region B
Well I got "I am a Cyborg and I am OK" from the same company and it played great, but now it seems the region "B" has appeared to break the promises of Sony. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Cannington De Ness
1.0 out of 5 stars "ANOTHER" Clichéd Vampire Movie...Full Stop!!!
The only possible explanation that I can think of for why people praise the unbelievably drawn out ending of this movie is that, like the conclusion of a nightmare or a prison... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by James Uscroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Chan-Wook Park's Vampire Opus
Firstly, if you have seen the vengence trilogy and liked it, or just love foriegn cinema in general, then this is a must buy for your collection. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by NeoN
2.0 out of 5 stars Massively disappointing
Boring, unoriginal, totally lacking the director's previous humour, style, wit & creativity, this film was a masive disappointment after his Reveinge Trilogy (Sympathys & Oldboy). Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2010 by Severin
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