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Thirst (Bahk Ji)

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… Show more

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August 21, 2009 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

After seeing “Thirst,’’ I can’t shake the image of Park Chan-wook, the ferociously talented director of Korean action-horror movies like “Oldboy,’’ cruising the aisles in the supermarket of movie genres. He’s piling his shopping cart with this and that: a vampire fantasy, a disease-epidemic drama, a “Postman Always Rings Twice’’ slice of murderous adultery. A little l’amour fou, some Emile Zola, a lot of gore. At times, “Thirst’’ seems hellbent on proving Park can do it all, and without a sign of strain.

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