August 24, 2011

Thirst (2009)

(AKA Bakjwi)

"Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways."

Even though I don't really understand most of them, I've been watching a lot of Asian films recently. Yesterday, I watched Chan-wook Park's "Thirst" and was so engrossed it in that I barely even noticed the 30 second earthquake that we had on the East coast.

I'm not even going to pretend that I know the names of any of the actors but I did recognise Ok-bin Kim who played a detective in "Arang" (2006) even though she was completely different and far more slutty here.

There isn't really a lot to say about "Thirst" except that it is over two hours long, has a few comedic flourishes, and was one of the most erotic vampire films that I've ever seen. Actually it was more than just erotic, it was absolutely filthy in places and I loved it.

As with most of these Korean movies, "Thirst" started off slow, got a bit weird, then settled down with excellent cinematography and questionable acting. I don't know how much of it was being played straight or if it was all supposed to be a comedy but I suppose you could take it any way you wanted. I watched it as a straight vampire romance which was probably the best way.

The effects were quite good but it wasn't overloaded with them. Apart from a couple of ridiculous "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" style jumps and some other feats of superhuman strength, I didn't really notice anything out of the ordinary. CGI was minimal but effective.

It's been ages since I've watched a vampire film and I simply enjoyed it for what it was. I don't think that "Thirst" is likely to convert me into a fan of Asian horror but it was a lot easier to follow than most.

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