Bakjwi (Thirst)
Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

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.

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: April 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

A rollicking, hysterical splatter-sex-comedy only confirms 'Thirst' as one of the year's more extreme, enjoyable entertainments.

Full review…
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Full review…
Anne Billson
The Arts Desk

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.

Full review…
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

Full review…
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Leave it to the South Koreans to inject new blood into the seemingly eternal vampire oeuvre.

Full review…
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Thirst is a grim antidote to the sanitized, pale young things of Twilight, Supernatural and True Blood.

Full review…
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

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.

Full review…
Amy Taubin

My affection for Thirst has mostly to do with the performance of Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju, a sullen household slave who's transformed into a ravenous, punishing bloodsucker.

Full review…
More reviews for Bakjwi (Thirst)

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Although somewhat irregular and overlong, this is a wonderfully stylish, well-directed and bloody vampire Korean film whose pitch-black humor contributes to set… More
Cameron Sherwell
A beautifull yet brutal vampire film.
Directors Cat
Reid Volk
A hyper-sexual and highly stylized meditation on the sins of the flesh. Song Kang-Ho is superb here as a man "living" in a perpetual state of crises.… More
paul sandberg
Oh what could have been! In "Thirst" you have a great idea; that of a priest who, while trying to help mankind by participating in a vaccine trial… More
xGary Xx
A priest accidentally infected with vampirism struggles with his new found earthly lusts and temptations while engaging in a love affair with an old… More