April 30th, 2009



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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (14,214 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Chan-wook Park

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hae-suk Kim

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.

Writers: Chan-wook Park, Émile Zola

Kang-ho Song - Priest Sang-hyeon
Ok-bin Kim - Tae-ju
Hae-suk Kim - Lady Ra
Ha-kyun Shin - Kang-woo
In-hwan Park - Priest Noh
Dal-su Oh - Yeong-doo
Young-chang Song - Seung-dae
Mercedes Cabral - Evelyn
Eriq Ebouaney - Immanuel
Hee-jin Choi - Nurse
Woo-seul-hye Hwang - Girl with a whistle
Hwa-ryong Lee - Professor Ku
Mi-ran Ra - Nurse Yu


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 30 April 2009

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $55,889 (USA) (2 August 2009) (4 Screens)

Gross: $227,873 (USA) (16 August 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | South Korea: (director's cut)  | Canada: (Blu-ray Disc)

Priest Sang-hyeon: I don't kill anyone, you know. Hoy-sung... He loved helping the hungry. He'd offer me his blood if he wasn't in a coma. If you only heard the sponge cake story.

User Review

Beautiful, tragic, twisted, absurd, and darkly comic

Rating: 9/10

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. Even the most sociopathic character evokes sympathy. The direction is restrained and the performances are nuanced - like SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, there are too many subtleties to take in on the first viewing. Chan-wook Park is an intelligent, bold, consistently surprising filmmaker. It's unpredictable - scenes go from brutal and heart-wrenching to laugh-out-loud hilarious in an instant. This is closer to LADY VENGEANCE then SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE as far as being over-the-top and comical. But, like LADY VENGEANCE, it's incredibly rich, thought-provoking, and rewarding.

If you like beautifully told vampire stories (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) or are a fan of Chan-wook Park, seeing THIRST should be obvious. Easily one of the best films of 2009.


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