Written by: Googopqp
In Park Chan-Wook's (Oldboy) new vampire film Kang-ho Song plays a priest named Sang-Hyun who after a blood transfusion becomes a vampire. But he doesn't become a devil killing machine, but he does get cravings for blood and if he doesn't quench that thirst he gets hideous boils all over him. So he uses a coma patient for blood in order to cure himself for the time being. But, when some old childhood friends show up and Father Sang-Hyun falls for a friends wife things begin to turn for the worse. Sang-Hyun falls into desires of sex and sinning and all this tests his faith. But its when the girl he is after, Tae-Ju, finds out who he is and wants to join that things turn very bad....
Thirst is....interesting. Its a very stylistic slow moving movie involving religion, blood, and sex. Its shot with a sort of masterful way using bright coloring and lighting for a weird sensational tone. Its a bit hard to explain the way it is shot but it looks quite good and you can tell Park Chan-Wook has come a long way in his directoral abilities!
Thirst is a very good movie! Its also very original, and I do mean that. It may be a pretty typical vampire love story but its the elements and story and other stuff involved that makes it stand out from the others.
The acting in Thirst is good and believable all around. And the movie is subtitled so taht adds to it on its own for me. The leading characters you can tell have acted before and have experience in what they are doing. They also seemed very comfortable with each other during the sex scenes, which they would have to be because some of them are long and sensual.
The gore and bloody moments in this movie are decent. Some CGI used and you can tell its CGI for sure. But besides that, there are some sickening and icky moments in this movie that will get to some people. Like just looking at the leads face with his boils may get to some people, but then he starts bleeding and....well it may get to some people. But all the effects and bloody stuff is good in this movie, but the CGI is quite noticable for sure (which I sometimes can't stand).
This movie at first just looks like a vampire love movie when watched straight forward. But to me it seems like there is more to the movie. That there are questions of religions and boundaries that some may not notice on the first watch. Because Park Chan-Wook isn't someone to just make a straight forward movie, mostly coming off from seeing Oldboy, and there is stuff taht you may be able to understand upon further viewings. And this is always something good in a film!
The only thing I really didn't like about this movie was its length. Not that I don't like 2+hour movies, its just that since this one is such a slower moving movie I found it hard at times to stay awake. Not that its boring, just that its slow. But the style of the movie is what keep me awake, and actually I found myself getting quite involved in the story near the last hour or so and I can forgive it for that.
Overall, Thirst is a very good original vampire film from a respectable director. Its definitely worth watching if your a fan of asian cinema, vampire films, or just horror in general. I give Thirst a deserving 7/10!!!! Go see it and enjoy it!
-Dustin "Googopqp" M.