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Thirst (2009)

Bakjwi (original title)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

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Cast

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Lady Ra
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In-hwan Park ...
Priest Noh
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Yeong-doo
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Seung-dae
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Hee-jin Choi ...
Nurse
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Immanuel
Dong-soo Seo ...
Hyo-seong
Hwa-ryong Lee ...
Professor Ku
Onthatile Peele ...
Emmanuel research nun
Mi-ran Ra ...
Nurse Yu
Jong-ryol Choi ...
Old Man
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Storyline

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. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Lusting after sinful pleasures.

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2009 (South Korea)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,889, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$296,441, 21 August 2009
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Trivia

The original Korean title directly translates to "Bat" See more »

Quotes

Priest Sang-hyeon: Grant me the following in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Like a leper rotting in flesh, let all avoid me. Like a cripple without limbs, let me not move freely. Remove my cheeks, tht tears may not roll down them. Crush my lips and tongue, that I may not sin with them. Pull out my nails, that I may not grasp nothing. Let my shoulders and back be bent, that I may carry nothing. Like a man with tumor in the head let me lack judgment. Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and ...
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Connections

References Saam gaang yi (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich habe genug
(Cantata BWV 82)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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One of the best recent takes on the vampire genre
17 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Talk about getting your socks knocked off, this newest amazing movie from Park Chan-wook's would be my favorite new take on the vampire genre, if not for "Let the Right One In", which still remains my fav, but this one is right behind it. A Catholic Priest volunteers for some radical medical experiments, that turn him into a vampire. He tries his best to be a good vampire, and not kill anybody, but it's pretty clear, that's going to be rather difficult. Park mixes in some black comedy into this one, just as he does in most of his earlier films, but the subject matter is dead serious. It also has one of the best vampire sex scenes I have ever seen. The vampire Priest steals blood from hospitals and anywhere he can find it, but when he meets his new lover, things pretty much go downhill, when she wants to become a vampire too. This is an excellent entry into the vampire genre, and continues Park Chan-wook's amazing body of work. This is not to be missed, every minute of the 134 min running time is entertaining as hell.


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