Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009) Movie Review

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Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
135 minutes / 2h 15min

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Thirst (Bakjwi) Plot Synopsis:

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh.

Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009) Review

Thirst (2009), aka Bakjwi (2009), is a rated R 2h 13 min South Korean fantasy horror that was loosely based on the Emile Zola novel titled, Therese Raquin. Director and co-screenplay writer Chan-wook Park (Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016), Lady Vengeance (2005)) excelled at executing this great film about a Catholic priest. I admire how the director lets his camera roams/wanders freely without getting the viewers dizzy. Thirst was one of the best vampire movies in 2009. The film contains graphic bloody violence, nudity, sexual content, mild language, vampire, blood, virus, gore, self-mutilation and tons of suspense along with tension.

Thirst revolves around Catholic priest Friar Hyan Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho - Snowpiercer (2013), The Host (2006), Memories of Murder (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)) is a good man that wants to do good. He talks nurses out of suicide, ministers to the ill, and does other good deeds but he did one good thing that was proven wrong for him, and that was volunteering to test an experimental vaccine for the Emmanuel Virus. Emmanuel Virus is a flesh-eating disease. Friar was the only one to survive the experiment amongst 500 people, and he did not return to his usual self. Friar began having a strong urge for human blood, and he also started having other intentions that a Catholic priest should not have.

Friar childhood friend Kang-woo (Shin Ha-kyun - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), The Front Line (2011), Save the Green Planet! (2003)) wife Tae-ju is not happy with her life. Tae-ju (Ok-bin Kim - The Front Line (2011), Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006), Yoo-Na’s Street (2014)) instantly became attracted to the priest. The ending of the film could have been better although it was tragic and playful at the same time. I felt Thirst’s primary objective was for it not to be labeled as a horror movie as it tried to stay away from many horror elements and instead included black comedy, melodrama, and suspense. Both main lead actors gave us outstanding performances displaying many emotions.

  • Thirst (Bakjwi) Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.72
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.2

About Thirst (Bakjwi) 2009

Title: Thirst (Bakjwi)
AKA: Thirst
Year: 2009
Runtime: 135 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.86/5 stars from 36,421 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 36,421 MPAA Rating: R
Thirst (Bakjwi) Cast Starring: Kang-ho Song, Hae-suk Kim, Dal-su Oh, Hae-sook Kim, Ok-bin Kim, Jong-ryol Choi, Yong-wan Goo, Han Chul-Woo, Ha-kyun Shin, Kim Hee-ok, In-hwan Park, Tae-hee Kim, Taehee Kim, Young-chang Song, Jong-hak Son, Mercedes Cabral, Duk-Je Jo, Eriq Ebouaney, Moon-ee Jo, Hee-jin Choi, Tae Won Jeong, Woo-seul-hye Hwang, Cheol-woo Han, Hwa-ryong Lee, Mi-ran Ra, Thati Peele, Deok-jae Jo, Dong-soo Seo, Onthatile Peele
Thirst (Bakjwi) Writers: Émile Zola, Chan-wook Park, Seo-kyeong Jeong
Thirst (Bakjwi) Director: Chan-wook Park
Box Office: $296,441
Production: Focus Features
Language: Korean, English, French
Country: South Korea, USA