Thirst | Chicago Reader


Rated R 133 minutes 2009

Korean bad-boy Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) serves up more of his signature art-house mayhem but ditches the neonoir genre to make a revisionist vampire flick (2009). The excellent Kang-ho Song (The Host, Memories of Murder) stars as an idealistic, self-flagellating Catholic priest transformed into a bloodsucker by an incomprehensible medical experiment. Clinging to human ethics, he tries to meet his new nutritional needs by sneaking hits from hospital transfusion bags but starts losing his moral grip after taking a married lover (Ok-vin Kim) and turning her into a vampire too. Park aficionados are assured their fix of lurid imagery and baroque plotting, though straight-up horror buffs may get restless during the sluggish and murky middle section; Twilight fans need not apply.

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Director: Park Chan-wook

Writer: Park Chan-wook and Chung Seo-kyung

Producer: Park Chan-wook and Ahn Soo-hyun

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Kim Ok-bin, Kim Hae-sook, Park In-hwan, Oh Dal-soo, Song Young-chang and Mercedes Cabral

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