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  • Summary: Sang-hyun 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, 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. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
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  1. 100
    A brilliant and gruesome work of cinematic invention as well as a passionate and painful human love story.
  2. A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Antosca
    A terrific film. Loosely based on Emile Zola's novel "Therese Raquin."
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    The most intriguing aspect of Thirst is the steady erosion of Sang-hyeon's ethics, slackened from "do not" to "do not kill" to "do not kill the undeserving" by the lure of those O+ cocktails.
  5. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Stunning production quality and the story's extremity should arouse interest beyond the specialty Asian market.
  6. What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed. As the vampire's kindred Seven Deadly Sinner, wild-haired Kim Ok-vin looks like she's having a high old time.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Jun 25, 2014
    Ultimately not a supernatural vampire movie, but a movie about very human themes such as morality and temptation. Well made on so many levels: I loved it. Expand
  2. May 2, 2011
    Chan-Wook Park.
    Need I say more?
    The guy is brilliant in suspense and toying with it. This is more of a date movie compared to his other films
    though. But even so, he put a great twist on the Vampire concept. This Twilight craze is getting out of hand, and Park shows you can still have romance in with such a back story, yet still make it horrifying. Not jump out of my seat kind of frightening, but calm, intimate, and spine-chilling. Awesome movie. Never regretted paying 5 bucks to rent it. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    Another vampire flick that takes the mythology seriously since Let The Right One In and it works. It's similar to Twilight but more gruesome and has a sad ending. Being infected with an incurable disease and force to drink blood is an interesting concept. Park Chan-Wook is not only delivers a good story and well-developed characters, it's an ingenious alternate to New Moon. Expand
  4. Jan 17, 2011
    A great Chan-Wook Park film, after the weird and awkward I AM CYBORG BUT THAT IS OK (2006). Park is one of reputable Directors in South Korea. Thiz time he absolutely back in right track, brought strange and unique vampire story. Previously Park known by his vengeance trilogy comprises SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (2002), the powerful OLDBOY (2003) and LADY VENGEANCE (2002). Two main Casts blend into fabulous chemistry. Kang-Ho Song delivered one of his best performances. Song successfully represented the vampire aura very well. His pair, Ok-Bin Kim also showed terrific performance, gained with complicated character. Devout in the beginning and turned out mischief in the end. Couple of scenes contain some vulgar sex scenes, but still perceivable to describe the relationship between. I like the camera angles, sometimes dynamic and other times just go conventional. It is effectively supports the story-telling. In my notes, the special effects were efficient but effective and believable. The story is about a priest that volunteering in sort of medical experiments. The consequence, he turned to be some kind of vampire. Afterward, he involved in forbidden affair with his friend wife. The relationship becomes intimate and deathly for everybody, including both of them. It is a contemplation that sometimes desire could turn out to be havoc. It is well-executed movie. Bravo! Welcome back, Mr. Park.

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  5. matthewa.
    Aug 1, 2009
    The Variety review is the most spot-on. This sadly pales in comparison to any of his films in the revenge trilogy (even the mostly mediocre Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). Good performances (not surprisingly) but an uneven script that really went nowhere and had more than a few holes in the plot. His films are always beautiful to look at though and there are some scenes of brilliance. Just not as consistent as Lady Vengeance and especially Old Boy. Expand


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