Thirst is a movie by Chan-Wook Park, the same director as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy, and Lady Vengeance. Going along in the same strong vein of irony as in Old Boy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the main character, a priest by the name of Sang-Hyun, is transformed into a vampire during a botched blood transfusion while volunteering in an experiment to find a cure to a deadly virus. After his transformation he finds the desires of the flesh to be in direct opposition to his religous foundation, and when the wife of his childhood friend comes to him to escape an abusive marriage, the second shoe seems to drop. The most appealing aspect of Thirst is its sensual and physical aspects, both romantically and violently. Chan-Wook tempers a highly charged sexual relationship with a great deal of gore and blood-sucking. The tension surrounding both is worthy of sitting on the edge of your seat. Where Thirst lags though is in the in-between moments. Transitions between scenes sometimes became muddled and problematic, and certain parts just seemed a bit too long for no real payoff. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It was highly entertaining and even had a few laughs. If you’re a fan of Chan-Wook, I would say it is definitely worth seeing.
My rating: 7.5/10