Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Kim Ok-bin star in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's frightener concerning a priest whose life takes a turn for the worst after he participates in a medical experiment to find a cure for a deadly disease.
The broad humour ends up undercutting the potential poignancy of the ending... Never mind, because it's not every day you see two vampires locked in such a colourful apache dance of destruction, filmed with such aplomb.
What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed.
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.
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.