Movie on the Radar: Thirst – A Korean Vampire Romance Unveiled at Cannes

I’m a big fan of foreign films and South Korea has produced some gems in the last decade. Director Park Chan-wook may have invented a new genre with “Thirst,” his film about a priest turned bloodsucker who doesn’t like to kill. The movie combines horror, suspense, social satire and humor in the story of a man of faith transformed into a vampire by a medical experiment gone wrong. If pushed, Park calls the film “a vampire romance.” But he doesn’t like labels. “I didn’t set out to make a vampire film that would infuse fresh new blood into the genre,” Park said through an interpreter. “I didn’t want to make a completely new vampire film. I wanted to make a completely new film with priests in it.” Park is one of South Korea’s most respected directors, with a resume that includes the gory “Oldboy,” which won Cannes’ second prize in 2004. “Thirst,” co-produced by Universal Pictures, is the first Korean film made with Hollywood backing. The central character’s faith in God makes “Thirst” the story of a spiritual struggle. Priest Sang-hyung (Song Kang-ho), experiences a crisis of faith and morality when he discovers he must drink human blood to survive…

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