4.5 out of 5
In the midst of Twilight confusion, Park Chang Wook came up with a brilliant and pleasantly sickening vampire drama/romance/comedy/in and out mad film. Seriously, if people want to watch vampire film, why can’t they watch GOOD vampire films?
Anyway, Thirst started with Father Sang Hyun, a Korean Catholic priest who went to volunteer in the search of the cure of a mysterious disease. Out of 500 patients, only he survived. Thanks to the injections of blood and some other stuff. But then he realised that after the cure kicked in he had heightened senses, strength, and even healing factor. Surprise…surprise…our precious altar boy became a vampire. Being a vampire made him struggle to surpress his instinct, meaning he was getting closer and closer to experiencing worldly sins. Oh no!
Somehow Father Sang Hyun got entangled with Taeju, a lonely and pretty housewife who lived with her annoying husband and tyrannical mother-in-law. Their romantic tryst soon became more and more intense as Father Sang Hyun himself was close to the family. The first half of the film revealed how the two unlikely lovebirds tried to be together by taking the extreme measure. The second half made me kind of compare the story with other vampire stories such as “Interview With the Vampire” and “I, Vampire” where the female who was given the kiss of life became more vicious than her sire. Two lovers trapped in a somewhat functional dysfuctional relationship along with taking care Taeju’s vegetable mother-in-law whom tried to reveal in her own way the fact about these vampires. The last 45 minutes of the film was almost without dialogues, which made it so good, and lead to a climactic ending that suited the fate of the lovers.