Continuing the vampire craze with something a little more highbrow than Twilight, is Director Chan-wook’s (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) new film Thirst. The film was recently awarded one of the prestigious awards, the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, and is slated to release in select theaters July 31st.
The film is about a priest who gives his life for an experiment and wakes up to discover that something is not right. Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.
Check out the trailer and the one-sheet below. Be warned the trailer is an R-Rated red band trailer so it’s NSFW or the kiddies…
As we’ve come to expect from Chan-wook, he likes to take ideas to the extreme. This isn’t your typical vampire film. According to Alex Billington of FirstShowing “It’s a not-so-subtle look at the intriguing idea of vampire “cells” beating out a deadly virus that Sang-hyun has, making it a disease, where he must to drink blood to survive from the virus.”
Sounds like it’s probably one of the most interesting and thoughtful portrayals of vampirism that we’ll be seeing onscreen for some time.
Check out the beautiful one sheet below…
Offical Synopsis: Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.
What do you think of Thrist?