Saturday, April 07, 2012

Thirst: Not Another Vampire Movie


One of Park Chan-wook’s masterpieces, Thirst, is a vampire movie. Yes, you heard me. A vampire movie.



You won’t see a glitter-sparkling vampire with a clumsy average girl (who is, with no logical explanation, is chased by monsters and douchebags from left and right. Is she really that ‘bella’?), and a werewolf who frequently turns into a half-naked douchebag every 20 minutes in the movie.

And no, you won’t see the sophisticated, elegant, and beautiful kind of vampires Anne Rice has conceived in her books.

But you’ll see Song Kang-ho in the role of Sang-hyun, a priest- a kind-hearted and down-to-earth mortal who seeks physical and spiritual salvation for those who are needy. He works as a volunteer in a hospital.

One time he volunteered in an experiment on creating a vaccine against a new kind of virus, the Emmanuel Virus, a cross-breed of smallpox and Ebola virus.

He survived the side-effects but he slowly realized that as weeks pass by, he’s turning into a monstrous being- a vampire. His transformation was also the development of his whole being. He became stronger and healthier, and his defects disappear, only if he would drink human blood.

He keeps on fighting his dark side. However when he met Tae-ju (Kim Ok-bin), his principles of holiness fell apart and slowly succumbs to desperation, depravity and worldliness. He fell in love with the seemingly helpless Tae-ju. His relationship with her quenches his thirst for love, passion, and worldliness.

And talk about such thirst, the former-priest-now-turned-vampire plunges into many sexual adventures, he never thought he’d be able to experience, with Tae-ju, who is a married woman.

Yes, virgins are virgins but when they unleash the sexual creature in them, it is wild. But then, he was wildly in love with Tae-ju. And who wouldn’t be that wild in bed especially if you’re sharing a passionate experience with somebody special, right?

Note: too many passionate bed scenes. Bring an oxygen tank, fan, and a bottle of water to survive.

However, Tae-ju was not all that innocent. She was cunning and he tricked Sang-hyun by convincing him to kill her husband who was allegedly hurting her.

From one frantic situation and crime to the next, Sang-hyun gradually falls deeper into desperation as he was being pulled by his beloved who eventually became a vampire herself. Sang-hyun knew that death was nearing them but he simply had to do something to redeem the remaining humanity in him and the remaining truth in the love between the two of them.

The movie has an interesting plot, mentally stimulating, and that touch of quirkiness in cinematography which is authentically descriptive of Park Chan-wook’s works- elements which will never fail to surprise and move viewers.

Bloody. Sexy. Sublime. Simply Park Chan-wook.


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