Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009)

Director: Chan-wook Park. Cast: Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim. 133 min. Rated R. Horror. South Korea.

This 2009 Cannes Film Festival winner (from the Korean filmmaker of Oldboy fame) was probably the weirdest vampire movie I'd ever seen - and definitely the bloodiest. Like any good vampire flick, Thirst adds a new aspect to the lore: a conscientious priest becomes a benevolent vampire. But at times, the overlong movie becomes so abstract, I had a hard time keeping track who's supposed to suck whose blood. It seems vampires are becoming an international genre, but if you're looking for a more captivating story, I would recommend last year's Swedish Let the Right One In.

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