You’re in for a sweet, sadistic treat. Oldboy director Chan-wook Park (read interview) brings a new perspective to vampire films with Thirst starring Kang-ho Song and Ok-vin Kim. If you’re going to see one vampire film this year, Thirst should be it — mainly because this is about as “real” as vampires. The film isn’t about “vampires” but uses the ideas behind vampires to see what humans would do if given the same liberties.
The film is absolutely stunning to watch, from the colors to the performances, this is the most twisted fun you’ll have in a theaters all year.
Check out our review of Thirst…
Sang-hyun (Kang-ho Song), is a young priest who will do anything, even go through an experimental blood transplant in order to try and save the people around him. While everyone else in the “experiment” dies off, Sang-hyun comes back to life… well kind of. The disease has left him a few familiar symptoms. He can no longer eat food, his senses are extremely acute, he can’t go out in the sun, and he can no longer control his lust. To add to his problems he has his eyes set on his childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Ok-vin Kim). At first she falls for him until she finds out about his “condition.” Can she, or rather will she still love him and run away with him?
- Fucked Up Female Power: Finally a film written about a man, but for a women. More often than not, it’s the other way around. Normally women play the demure housewives, sexy girlfriends, or abused victims in need of saving, while the men get to run around and be crazy, but not in this film. The film’s co-starring character Tae-joo gets to be insane for no greater reason than the fact that she is simply fucked up and BOY is it fun to watch. Which leads me to…
- Ok-vin Kim: Kim plays Tae-joo and gives one of the strongest female performances I’ve seen this year. She’s frighteningly beautiful and yet sadistically manipulative. Every moment she’s on on screen she either surprises or intrigues you. Although she plays a woman who appears to be a victim, she is like an uncontrollable ball of energy, and even her tiniest movements jump off the screen.
- The Perfect Three: Put together cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, visual effects supervisor Jihyun Nam, and director by Chan-wook Park and you get irresistible eye candy. The colors and tone of the shots are like looking at a painting. The effects are simple and yet perfectly executed. The story and the set up for every scene is awe-inspiring. This film is art at its finest.
- The Humor: A film like this can get serious way to fast and without a bit of humor, the run-time (133 minutes) can feel a bit long. Thanks to Park’s odd sense of humor you will definitely be laughing and cringing your way through a number of moments in the film.
- Mid-Way Blues: Towards the middle of the film there were about 15 minutes in which the two main characters are tormented by their guilt, that went on for too long. The scenes last for about 10-15 minutes and you start to lose track of what the film is supposed to me. In a way it felt like the director was indulging in what he thought was fun or funny. And although it was both fun and funny, it went on a bit too long and wasn’t needed for the story.
See this movie. I don’t want to give anymore away. It’s amazing and will not disappoint!
The film is in select theaters now. Check out the trailer below…