Thirst (2009 South Korea)

While working in a hospital, a priest can no longer tolerate all of the death and suffering around him; he decides that he needs to make a difference, because prayer isn’t getting the job done.  He volunteers to be a test subject at a remote lab where they are on the verge of discovering a cure-all drug.  The only problem is that all of the test subjects so far have died.  Despite the overwhelming odds against him, he participates, but slowly becomes sicker and develops huge blisters and vomits blood.  There is little the doctors can do to save him, except give him a few units of blood; but he ends up dying.  Seconds after the doctor calls the time of death, the priest begins breathing again.  He soon returns to his job as the hospital’s chaplain, but notices that he can no longer tolerate the sun, and that he now has unpriestly-like urges.  He knows what has happened to him… and that one of the blood transfusions he got must have been tainted with vampire blood.

Seen as a miracle, as he was the only one to survive the tests, people belive he can now cure all of the sick. A woman comes to him and begs him to heal her dying son with cancer.  After a prayer session, the young man appears to be alright, and recognizes the priest as a childhood friend, whom he and his sister used to play with frequently.  After a few meeting at their home, the priest falls for the man’s sister, who is now his wife.  What? Gross.   The priest and the wife/sister eventually fall for each other and he revels his secret to her, and while completely freaked out about it, she is still intrigued and still wants to be with him.  As time progresses he can longer control his emotions and begins killing people rather than stealing blood to feed on.  In an emotional outburst he ends up killing his lady-friend, but turns her into a vampire so they can be together forever.  She is not as good about controlling her emotions, as she becomes a true monster with total disregard for her actions and human life.  Realizing that he is not the man he needs to be, the priest takes steps to ensure that neither he nor the monster he has created can harm anyone again.

Alex’s Thoughts:  You know, I might just stop watching all of the re-hashed crap that US studios kep putting out, and just watch South Korean movies full-time.  This is the fourth one I’ve seen in the last few months and they have all blown my mind.  Thirst follows the pattern of movies that put as much emphasis on the visuals as they do into the story itself.   It is just a beautiful film, plain and simple. The story was fantastic and the symbolism was clear, but not shoved in your face.  It’s a vampire movie, but it’s so much more than that; it’s a story of redemption and change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much.  If you love a great story, vampires and striking visuals, this is for you.  Alex Rates This Movie 9/10

Tim’s Thoughts:The first half of this movie is really good, focusing on a young priests struggles as he adapts to what he is becoming, but then it digresses into a series of random hallucinations, and other bits of madness. I liked the first half a lot, and just when I thought it was wrapping up, I still had almost an hour left. Visually this movie (like most South Korean movies) is pretty excellent, but with most of the movie having a somber tone, when it turns cartoony and there’s some unsettling fetish stuff, like armpit licking and full on Rex Ryan foot sucking. EW, and that’s when it lost me. Still not a bad movie, but I didn’t like it as much as Alex. If you enjoy Korean cinema, it’s worth a look, otherwise it may be too disturbing, or strange. Tim Rates This 7/10

“Let no one pray for me… but only the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.”

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