Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) is one of the finest visionary film makers and takes his art to the limit in this, his latest offering, Thirst which follows a young Priest, Sang who after becoming infected with a virus, attcking his skin, transforms into a Vampire. His miraculous recovery gives him fame in his town, and is asked to help a poor family with his faith as their daughter Tae, is battling with cancer. A love affair soon blossoms to murderous results.
So, this sounds like we’ve heard it all before and you’d be right. One thing this film isn’t is original. The plot is a tired old one, but the difference here is it’s in the hands of Park who has a masterful eye for cinema. Every shot is perfect and imaginative to the point of outragioys dream like fantastical sequences.
The actors are also both very fine. Kang-ho Song is great in the lead role, but OK-vin Kim is outstanding. Real charm and magical in every scene. The film is also very witty which works well, especially with clever scenes of bloody murder.