Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Bakjwi
South Korea, 2009. CJ Entertainment, Focus Features International, Benex Movie Expert Fund, Company K Movie Asset Fund No. 1, Green Non-Life Insurance Company, MVP Capital Culture Investment Fund, Moho Film. Screenplay by Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park, based on the book Therese Raquin by Emile Zola. Cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung. Produced by Soo-hyun Ahn, Chan-wook Park. Music by Yeong-wook Jo. Production Design by Seong-hie Ryu. Costume Design by Sang-gyeong Jo. Film Editing by Jae-beom Kim, Sang-beom Kim. Cannes Film Festival 2009.
Incredibly sexy vampire film that will definitely not be for the faint of heart (though the violence in Chan-wook Park’s films rarely is). Kang-ho Song is excellent as a Catholic monk who volunteers to be a part of an experiment to test the vaccine for a deadly disease that has been wiping out men in the third world. The vaccine fails and he dies, but is given a blood transfusion that ends up resuscitating him on the operating room table. Medical miracle? Actually, he was given a transfusion of vampire blood, and returns to the earth as a member of the undead. Naturally, this makes living the life of piety a lot more difficult to maintain. Moving to the city, he finds an old schoolmate and becomes part of his little family, eventually becoming the lover of his chum’s young, ambitious wife and the two of them cause no end of mayhem. It’s a fantastic, eccentric film whose plot twists you never see coming, incredible in its scope and awe-inspiring in its boldness.