I tried to do this last month, but failed miserably. Not due to time, but to the fact that i…
Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He gets infected and dies, but a blood transfusion of unknown origin brings him back to life as a vampire. Now, Sang-hyun is torn between faith and bloodlust, and has a newfound desire for Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), the wife of his childhood friend.
Blood Lickin' Good!
Park Chan Wook's Thirst is definitely a very unique film. Like other Vampire films, it deals with love, yes, but it is never only that. Chan Wook places the protagonist in such an exasperating dilemma which pulled me effortlessly into the film.
The film portrays a variety of themes, ranging from sacrifice, remaining faithful to God and servility, repentance, haunting of past sins, lust, murder, corruption of a pure soul and eventually redemption. Chan Wook as always brings out the basest of human desires; no matter how ugly they might be, in the most exciting, unrestrained manner possible with oodles and oodles of blood. There is so much sampling, tasting, licking, gulping of blood going on in…
Inspired by Steve Grzesiak to defend Park Chan-wook's Thirst I felt the need to re-watch the film; but after this viewing, although my opinions haven't changed - I don't feel the need to defend it.
As Iron Maiden say (or sing, or chant) "Everybody has a different way to view the world" and I'm glad this is the case - as anyone who loves film will know - what is the point of having an opinion if we all have the same one? And now I think to myself, why am I even stating this when it is all too obvious?
Well first thing is first, it is rare to be able to persuade someone's opinion and nor do I…
Many vampire movies blend sexuality and violence but Thirst is without a doubt the sexiest vampire film I've ever seen. The wonderful Song Kang-Ho plays a vampire priest who finds himself drawn towards sinful pleasures which his order forbids. When he reunites with an old acquaintance (Kim Ok-Bin) he finds his desire too much to resist, but when she shows an interest in his vampirism he realizes that her desire may truly be beyond his control.
Thirst plays with some pretty traditional story elements as far as vampire movies are concerned—the need for blood vs the desire not to kill, an outsider wants to join but doesn't understand the consequences, etc.—but adds to them some of Park Chan-Wook's personal cinematic…
I think it is probably to Chan-wook Park's credit that I do keep trying his films.
I keep trying them despite the fact that I find his films to be relentlessly incapable of sustaining any semblance of an even tone and ultimately well short of how good they could have been. Probably my favourite film of his to date was his contribution to the Three Extremes anthology, Cut, but even that ended in a trademark gloop of melodramatic crap.
The problem I had with Thirst is that having more or less bored me for the first hour aside from managing to make me chuckle once or twice, probably inadvertently, it then goes completely potty at around the half way mark…
A delightfully fucked-up movie. As per usual with Korean cinema, the production values are exceedingly high. Fabulous camerawork, cinematography, editing, music, etc. Hollywood, take note.
Great movie all-around, but the finale, in particular, is awesome.
"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."
Park Chan-wook is a unique director, He finds the perfect perspective to tell a story, to make it relevant and interesting again, Vampire mythology was no exception, Park Chan-wook created with Thirst a compelling story that drains your emotions for the duration of the film.
I love the flow of the film. Thirst didn't need to be fast pace or be label in the horror genre, Thirst is a drama, is the struggle of a man of the cloth that fell for his carnal desires, and the study of a…
Pretty gross, I expected something else. Also, it started boring me halfway through and I couldn't understand what was going on most of the time.
Just about any time there’s a wave of movies coming out of a country or region there’s almost always one particularly famous movie that spearheads the wave. For the French New Wave it was Jules and Jim, for Italian Neo-realism it was Rome: Open City, and for the 90s American independent scene it was Sex, Lies, and Videotape. I bring this up because the movie which played this role in the “Asia Extreme” sub-genre that’s been huge in genre circles as of late has been the film Oldboy, from the South Korean director Park Chan-Wook. That revenge epic has become a pretty substantial cult hit and has lead viewers to other Chan-Wook films like Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance,…
this movie is so gross its the best vampire movie i've ever seen.
Original película de vampiros al estilo Park
Fucking amazing. I did not except this to be a love story at all. Just reinforces my view that South Korean movies are the best!
Not terribly convinced Park has a handle on this... maybe marrying too many elements with the disease stuff, the religious stuff, the vampirism, the sex, and the adaptation of Therese Raquin, but points for trying! Even leaving that muddle aside, it's certainly far too sparse and repetitious to be an unqualified success. Park's button-pushing can be fun, especially when coupled with his flair as a visual stylist, though it can also become wearying when deployed as excessively as the whole "stab-blood-super loud sucking noises" thing is here. But even though it bored me and frustrated me quite a bit, the film still has a lot to like and (as I said) is certainly not shy about trying to do difficult things.
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Igual a partir de esta reseña descubro que soy una psicópata, pero una de las cosas que más puedo admirar de Wook es cómo es capaz de resultar creepy y encontrar belleza.
Es capaz de crear escenas tan tiernas (como en esta, para mi, ellos dos saltando por los edificios teniéndola en brazos) y escenas tan bestiales y violentas como la escena de sexo (o trío mejor dicho) donde está el difunto marido en medio.
Lo que me gusta de Wook es que es capaz de mostrarte cosas horribles y crueles, pero luego es capaz de hacer brillar a cada uno de sus personajes en mayor o menor intensidad según el peso en la trama. Cada uno de ellos tienen…
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1st hour = lots of sex
2nd hour = lots of corpses + finale
And the finale amusingly sums up the movie pretty well, instead of focusing the camera on the couple as the sunrise turns their bodies into ashes for a dramatic, deeply moving and symbolic death, or playing with the light and the shadows for a more poetic one, or taking the shot from the car in their back for a more imaginative one, the camera is on their shoes the whole scene. Their shoes! How more random and unmemorable can it be? My god.
2 words for this film: random and unmemorable.
Still on my Park Chan Wook buzz I thought I'd give this a go.
It's good, but there are a few issues with tone. Overall it's pretty dark, but there are moments where it switches and becomes pretty funny. The transitions aren't done as well as I would have hoped, but it wasn't the worst.
The camera work in the movie is absolutely insane, the way he moves so the subject of the shot changes is outstanding.
Overall though, I found this to be the weakest Park movie I've seen so far. But that's not to say I hated it, just that it's not as good as Mr Vengeance or Oldboy.
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