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Thirst (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Park Chan Wook (Director) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor)
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Eschewing the typical trappings of vampire lore, Old Boy director Park Chan Wook's dark, decadent, and violent vampire movie Thirst is unlike any other. Inspired by Emile Zola's 1867 novel Therese Raquin, Thirst focuses on the moral crisis and emotional anguish of a blood-sucking man of the cloth. Award-winning actor Song Kang Ho (The Host) embodies virtue and vice as a righteous priest who turns into a vampire after an experiment gone wrong. His worldly Thirst drives him down an insatiable spiral of lust, depravity, and betrayal. Kim Ok Bin (Dasepo Naughty Girls) gives an alluring performance as the object of his illicit love and lust. Also co-starring Shin Ha Kyun (No Mercy For the Rude) and acclaimed veteran actress Kim Hae Suk, Thirst won the Jury Prize at the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival.

Respected priest Sang Hyun (Song Kang Ho) dedicates his life to faith and service, and laments the great pain and suffering that exist in the world. Hoping to save more lives, he volunteers for a medical experiment, but things go terribly wrong. After a mysterious blood transfusion, Sang Hyun miraculously recovers from a deadly virus. People from far and wide flock to Sang Hyun's church believing that he has healing powers, but in truth he has turned into a vampire. Sang Hyun struggles to keep his secret and his humanity, but he can't control his thirst for blood or his growing lust for Tae Ju (Kim Ok Bin), the wife of his sickly childhood friend Kang Woo (Shin Ha Kyun).

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Product Title: Thirst (DVD) (US Version) 饑渴誘罪 (DVD) (美國版) 饥渴诱罪 (DVD) (美国版) Thirst (DVD) (US Version) Thirst (DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 金玉嬪 (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 金玉嫔 (Actor) ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | キム・オクビン (Actor) 송 강호 (Actor) | 김옥빈 (Actor)
Director: Park Chan Wook 朴 贊郁 朴赞郁 パク・チャヌク 박찬욱
Release Date: 2009-11-17
UPC Code: 025192019463
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Country of Origin: United States, South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Rating: R (MPAA)
Publisher: Universal Studios Home Video
Package Weight: 72 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023192942

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Director: Park Chan-Wook

From the acclaimed director of the global hit Old Boy comes a shockingly original vampire story with a chilling, erotic style. A blood transfusion saves the life of a priest, but also transforms him into a vampire. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways. Hailed as "Daring, operatic, and bloody funny!" (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly), Thirst is a truly wicked love story that takes classic vampire lore to twisted new heights.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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May 2, 2010

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Not your typical vampire flick Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
We are awash in books and movies about vampires, but "Thirst" carves out its own intriguing niche. Song Kang Ho stars as Sang Hyun, a Roman Catholic priest who seeks to do something more consequential with his life than the comfort he offers grieving people in his work in a hospital. He volunteers to be infected with an AIDS-like virus in hopes that he may assist in finding a cure to the deadly disease. The disease soon takes its toll on Sang Hyun and a last-minute transfusion apparently fails to prevent his death, when he springs back to life and renewed health. Unfortunately, in his 'resurrected' state, Father Sang Hyun has been reborn with superhuman powers and an unslakeable thirst for human blood.

Although now a vampire, Sang Hyun tries to hold onto the moral compass of his Christian faith. This leads him to find means of acquiring human blood that do not involve taking lives, but are no less shocking. Seeking a human connection, he is drawn to the family with whom he spent much of his youth, only to find himself attracted in a decidedly unpriestly way to Tae Ju (Kim Ok Bin), the maltreated wife of the family's son. The bond between the priest-with-a-dark-secret and the abused wife leads to some delightfully giddy moments and to some very graphic sex scenes. A fateful event puts Tae Ju at death's door and leaves Sang Hyun with only one means of saving her life; he must feed her some of his blood and turn her into a vampire. In doing so, Sang Hyun creates a monster. Tae Ju, lacking Sang Hyun's moral framework, lustily slices and dices people in a relentless quest for blood. Tae Ju's conscienceless behavior puts her at odds with Sang Hyun and leads to the film's beautifully satisfying conclusion.

In telling this chilling tale, director Park Chan Wook creates a convincingly ghastly nightmare world in which Sang Hyun's bloodlust seems relatively bland compared to the horrors of 'normal' people. Director Park succeeds in telling a moral tale clad in distinctly immoral trappings. Song Kang Ho brilliantly brings his conflicted priest to life and Kim Ok Bin fulfills the promise she showed as the woebegone girl in "Dasepo Naughty Girls". Given the movie's copious sex and gruesome violence, this is a film suitable only for adults. For those with strong stomachs, "Thirst" offers rewards well beyond the grasp of the recent spate of vampire movies.
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