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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 Cenobite
April 27th, 2010

Thirsty For More!!!

Favorite Movie Quote: "Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and have me live in shame."

Should the name Chan-wook Park sound relatively familiar, it is. More than almost any other living Korean film-maker, Park solidified his well-earned reputation with the sleeper hit Oldboy. Although I've enjoyed & certainly respected his decisions when it comes to other works, I couldn't fathom anything so masterful nor as mature. Thirst actually exceeded every last one of my expectations & easily became my favorite film of 2009.

Thankfully, we were granted a North American release for Bakjwi although the 145 min Director's Cut is a bit more obscure & harder to find. At any rate, I am grateful to have seen the film at all & am completely excited about Park's future endeavors once again. Park has earned his weight in gold as far as I'm concerned once again.

After witnessing the deaths of so many around him, Priest Sang-hyeon decided to undergo a medical procedure which could either which could prove to be extremely fatal. However, Sang-hyun is convinced that his Lord will watch over him & he's dertmined to go through with the experiment irregardless of how risky the treatment may be.

As fate would have it, Sang-hyun does survive by means of infected blood which turns him into a vampire. Now he must drink the fluid of life for sustenance as well as battle his newfound carnal desires. It's not an easy task to obtain blood but Sang-hyun embraces the challenge & finds himself battling the seven deadly sins.

Although it's hard to decide where Park intends for his film to be a very morbid comedy with splashes of drama, Thirst is compulsively watchable & you'll find yourself irrevocably glued to the screen from the opening scene until the tragic ending. If you love Chan-wook Park, you know pretty much what to expect. His films are often tragic, twisted, & yet darkly comical. Thirst makes good use of Park's skills to weave a great tale and keep you begging for literally more.

Much like Oldboy, it's not always evident where Thirst will take you but you can be sure it's going to be a wild ride worth taking. The story is incredibly rich, the characters are brilliiant, & the korean vampire twist seems quite authentic making Thirst the most unique film experience in the most extreme sense of the word. Also like Oldboy, Thirst is a very dark if not strange love story with many turns & twists. However, I suggest you stick with it as the film does promise quite a bit & successfully delivers each one of it's promises. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

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