Chan-wook's Thirst Wins Awards, Rated RMeh
I was never a fan of foreign films until I saw one of Park Chan Wook's films... actually two of his films. Old Bay and Sympathy for Mr Vegeance. Both movies are the definition of genius and make Quentin Tarantino look like a novice. Seriously if you have not seen both of those films you need to. The third film in the franchise Lady Vengeance was a big let down but the first two... genius. As you should know his next film THIRST is hitting theatres July 31st and will be rated R. It will be released in limited locations in NY and LA.
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 boxoffice 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 Jung Seo-kyung.
Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) 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.