Released in 2009, “Thirst” was something of a breakthrough in Korean cinema. Not only did it win the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, it was also the first Korean film made with funding and distribution by both Korean and US studios. Oh, and it’s also the first mainstream Korean film to feature full nudity by adult males. And that’s not even the most shocking thing about it.
(Very) loosely adapted from the Victorian novel “Thérèse Raquin” by Émile Zola, “Thirst” is about a Catholic priest named Sang-hyun (played by Song Kang-ho, perhaps best known best with the lead role in “Parasite”). After doubting his faith, he offered to volunteer at a testing facility in Africa to find a deadly virus. His death wish resulted in his death, but not for long, and he made a speedy recovery that the church wanted to consider a miracle. Sang-hyun is less convinced, especially since he now has magical abilities and a thirst for blood. He notices a distraction from an old childhood friend and his obstinate wife (Kim Ok-bin), with whom he is immediately smitten.
Released at a time when vampire pop culture was experiencing a post-Twilight surge, “Thirst” still stood out from a crowded stage. However, it’s one of those rare vampire movies that doesn’t focus on white people or American/European culture. It’s annoying that stories of vampires take on white so much weight when practically every tradition in the world has stories of bloodsuckers or exterminators as part of its mythology. While there’s always a romance and a love triangle to begin with (seriously, love triangles were everywhere during the Twi boom), Park was less concerned with happiness than with subjects. sin topic. His vampires are not creatures of amazing beauty who enjoy eternal life (no offense intended to the very handsome Song Kang-ho.) Being undead is merely a matter of course. The worst version of yourself, whether you like it or not.
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