Bakjwi (Thirst)
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Sang-hyun is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But, the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives -- but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun's faith is further strained when a childhood friend's wife, Tae-ju, comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"A rollicking, hysterical splatter-sex-comedy only confirms 'Thirst' as one of the year's more extreme, enjoyable entertainments."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Thirst begins with great intellectual and artistic promise, then devolves into a repetitious mess of teeth, blades, necks, bites, arterial sprays, sex, sex, sex and death."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kiddie shows like Twilight and Blood: The Last Vampire pale (you'll excuse the expression) in comparison."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The degrees of shock, the foreshadowing and throwbacks throughout (both visual and in dialogue) all seem diminutive next to the amazing performances by the male and female lead."
‑ Dan Hopchet, Fan The Fire
"Begins as a film about a crisis of faith and ends up with a crisis of identity itself."
‑ William Goss, Orlando Weekly
"What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Thirst keeps coming up against the limitations of its various inspirations like a bumper car on a crowded court. On almost every other level, the film's audaciously entertaining, at times even quite moving. You just have to have the stomach for it."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Boldly erotic and playfully ponderous about sins of the flesh, "Thirst" rips open its bodice, and various veins, with arterial sprays of carnage and carnality. It's a savage, frank, fanged fusion of "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The story of a noble priest resurrected as a vampire and plunged into a life of desire is opulently brought to the screen by one of South Korea's leading filmmakers."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Thirst is a grim antidote to the sanitized, pale young things of Twilight, Supernatural and True Blood."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Park aficionados are assured their fix of lurid imagery and baroque plotting, though straight-up horror buffs may get restless during the sluggish and murky middle section; Twilight fans need not apply."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Perhaps no auteur is as suited to the vampire genre as South Korean director Park Chan-wook, a man who has made a career out of films full of sexual perversity, doomed romances and a seemingly insurmountable volume of blood."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A splendid grand guignol that thankfully avoids the Hallmark Card sensibility of the Twilight series."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Something must have bored writer/director Chan-wook Park, because the second and third acts of Thirst play like scenes out of a totally different and much more incoherent film."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
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