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Thirst (박쥐)

박쥐 (Bak-jwi)

Directed by Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)

Screenplay by ,

Drama Melodrama

133min | Release date in South Korea :

Beloved and devoted priest from a small town volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turn for worse, he struggles to maintain what’s left of his humanity.


Thirst | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Thirst": A Vampiric Delight

    In the Spotlight this Week: Park Chan-wook's "Thirst"... In recent times supernatural/mythological beings have infested the public's consciousness. Studly werewolves and sparkling vampires have flickered past our eyes in various formats and flavours, over-sexualised pulp fiction that has sandblasted the original terror in favour of teenage wet dreams and candy-coated characters. Park Chan-wook's "Thirst", however, is not a combobulation of kitsch clichés or pop cultural pleasures, but a compelling examination into psychosexual desire, body horror, and blood-lots and lots of blood,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] Park Chan-wook's "Thirst"

    A selection of shots from Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" After Park Chan-wook's internationally recognised/acclaimed "Vengeance Trilogy" the master diverted from his claim to fame with two, fascinatingly similar, films that explored/molested the mind, body, and soul. In "Thirst", which came out three years after the stunningly sane "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK", Park takes the beaten and bloody vampire genre and infuses it with some unexpected spice and subtle splendour. It's dark, sexualised, bloody, and complex. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Thirst"

    As I am sure most people did, I went into this film with high expectations of another gripping masterpiece by the critically acclaimed Park Chan-wook. Vampires? I was sceptical if Park's cinematic vision could transfer to the vampire genre to produce another deeply satisfying thrill ride. Park's previous films offer fairly enigmatic storylines that ask the viewer to engage in his work actively. He likes to grab his audience early on and encourage them to be attentive spectators, engaging them in the celluloid spectacle like detectives. His dreamscape is one that draws on the darker side of humanity; he captures, exposes and expresses sensitive issues and taboos of society,...More

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 Produced by
 Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Score composer
 Ryoo Seong-hee (류성희)
 Art director/Production designer/Set design
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Kim Jae-beom (김재범)
 Seok Min-woo (석민우)
 Assistant director
 Cho Sang-kyung (조상경)
 Costume Design
 Jo Joo-hyun (조주현)
 Martial arts team
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
 Martial arts team
 Yoon Jung-hee-II (윤정희)
 Costume department
 Yoon Hyung-tae (윤형태)
 Special effets team
 Lee Jeon-hyung (이전형)
 Computer generated graphics/Digital special effects department
 Kwon Ji-hoon (권지훈)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Suk-won (김석원)
 Sound department
 Baek Dong-hyeon (백동현)
 Martial arts team
 So Joon-moon (소준문)
 Making of
Technical Information
133 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
Festival(s) & award(s)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Airing dates : 2009/04/30
South Korean Box Office
Source : &
As of 2009.08.16 : 2,223,077 admissions (total)
As of 2009.07.19 : 2,222,651 admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.14 : 2,207,115 admissions (total)
As of 2009.06.07 : 2,202,818 admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.31 : 2,192,154 admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.24 : 2,142,825 admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.17 : 2,019,864 admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.10 : 1,745,163 admissions (total)
As of 2009.05.03 : 1,008,210 admissions (total)
As of 2009.04.26 : 2,310 admissions (total)

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don't quite get it. still prefer his "Joint Security Area".
2010-06-29 11:28:24
2009-10-16 00:12:10
very disapointed by this last park's movie... like many fans it seems? very messy... good little parts but overall slow/messy :/ Hope it gets better but he won't ever make better than Sympathy For Lady Vengeance!
looks like some scary stuff >.< my poor Ok-bin
2009-03-17 07:26:29
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