My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Thirst (Bakjwi)


(out of 5)

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).  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.

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

South Korea2009

Directed by

Screenplay by , Chan-wook Park, based on the book Therese Raquin by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Chan-wook Park

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Cannes Film Festival 2009

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