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Thirst (Bakjwi)
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Directed By
Chan-wook Park

Written By:
Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park, Émile Zola

Cast:
Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Dal-su Oh, Young-chang Song, Eriq Ebouaney, Mi-ran Ra


 
Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
December 6th, 2009

It's unfair when a director makes movies that are exceptional. Sure, if they make one, you get your hopes up for the others, if they make two, you start to have faith in their consistency. But the problem is that no one is infallible. And as much as I have been consumed with love for previous Chan-wook Park films, I hate that there was no possible way for me to watch this movie and not compare it to his others. In doing so, the film does come up far short.

If this film had been from another person without a history, I would have been slightly more impressed. I'm a vampire genre geek as well, so the material alone made me want to watch the movie. And to be honest, this movie does have a lot of original concepts and material to it which set it apart from any other vampire flick that I've seen in awhile. (I don't feel like getting too into it because I don't like to give away the reasoning behind the vampyrism here.)

The cinematography is still to die for, as with all of Park's other films. The bitterly dark sense of humour is there still too. The problem is in the Catholic guilt that he attached to the movie, most likely because the subject of vampires does revolve a lot around the church, but still... and the horrible casting of the young woman that the lead character falls in love with.

It's not just that she's a bad fit for the role, there are times when she can sell some of the darker humour with a little giggle, but it's in the moments when the character becomes an unbearable monster of the non-supernatural persuasion that you'd love it if she would just die and go away and the movie could get back to its lead.

But because of vampires and their obsessions, the movie and its lead do not turn around. They pass "Go" and continue their relationship with the anchor that weighs them down. And ultimately, that is what makes this movie better than most but certainly nowhere near the greatness that Park is normally capable of.

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