Korean Teaser for Park Chan-wook's Vampire Thriller Thirst

March 16, 2009

Thirst Teaser Trailer

Korean director Park Chan-wook is better known as the brilliant mind behind the Vengeance trilogy - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. In 2006 he directed I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, but it never made its way to US soil as far as I know (anyone see it?). His latest film is a vampire thriller called Thirst and it's due out in Korea this April. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, we've got our first look at a short Korean language teaser trailer for Thirst and it looks pretty solid. Apologies for the lack of subtitles, but Park Chan-wook fans should be able to appreciate it anyway.

Watch the trailer for Park Chan-wook's Thirst:

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A beloved and devoted priest (Song Kang-ho) from a small town volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turns for worse, he struggles to maintain whats left of his humanity.

Thirst is directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, of Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK previously. The screenplay was co-written by Park Chan-wook and his writing partner Jeong Seo-Gyeong. The film first hits theaters in Korea in April. Focus Features will then debut Thirst in the US sometime later this year.

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  • niiice
  • Wow! that looks amazing. i loved Song Kang-ho in "The Host". This looks like a fresh take on an old concept
  • Eric
    this... this right here is why i love Korean cinema. I have seen all three of the Vengeance movies and they are on my top list of favorite movies. So, OF COURSE I will be seeing it. Not to mention, SOng Kang-ho was good in The Host, so even better.
  • m4st4
    Yeah, I've seen 'Im Cyborg...' (I'm European) and it was a good movie, but not good as Simpathy for Mrs. Vengeance and, Oldboy (his masterpiece). I also loved his segment in Dumplings trilogy (ANYONE? GREAT STUFF...Especially the 'Dumplings' part ) Can't wait for this one: Park plus Vampires? I'm fucking in! Check out the translated captions: 'You shall not murder.' 'You shall not commit adultery.' 'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.' 'Bloodlust disturbs his soul.' last line : Vampires aren't immortal. Do you still want my blood'' How f-ing cool is that?!?!?
  • m4st4
    I think it important to mention at least this tiny bit of story: Main character is an ex-priest that turns into a vampire during some kind of sick experiment... XD
  • Sebastian Selig
    Wow! Looks like this years LET THE RIGHT ON IN.
  • I saw I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. Cool flick. My review for I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK: This trailer for Thrist is pretty intense.
  • Woo-ish
    Where's the monster tadpole?
  • Marc Giguere
    So wait, the guy who made Oldboy is making a vampire thriller? HOLY SH*T I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS MOVIE Oldboy was amazing and if this movie has even half of Oldboy's style, acting, or action, it'll definitely be worth seeing.
  • MiKeDeEz
    Man, the Koreans are hitting it harder then Chris Brown now a days with there cinema. It makes me want to go to south korea to take a couple of film classes again. I'm still waiting for the good, the bad, and the weird to go on blu-ray!
  • Darrin
    we all know what happens after, a remake.
  • Darrin
    well, we all know the remake would suck
  • Zso
    More vampires?
  • Florian
    Interesting !!! ( There is a litle part in french "heure du décès" )
  • Cool. I've never seen a Japanese vampire before, most vampires are usually from Britain and England, it seems like.
  • NO.
  • Woo-ish
  • lisa
    Words can't describe how amazing this looks.
  • @#10: You might want to wait for Korean cinema to start making good films again. They've really gone downhill since 2005, opting for mindless, bloated films instead of what made them so successful for the first half the decade. Thought, I think the current financial crisis will actually help them get back to their thoughtful roots. Either way, I agree, I can't wait for this and Bong Joon-ho's "Mother" later this year.
  • kathy
    The SUN DANCE CHANNEL showed this film via ASIAN EXTREME. I saw it and thought it was good.
  • MiKeDeEz
    #10 you're right, but i been having my doubts with American cinema lately and been turning to foreign films these past 2 years. It’s amazing how a pair of talking dogs can rule the box office for weeks and high school kids that dance around can gross over 100s of millions. (shakes head in shame) I didn’t go to film school for four years to watch this style rule the market for months and months. Don’t get me wrong their bunch of good films out there but you have to search for them. But compared to Chinese cinema (IpMan, Hard boiled), Japanese cinema (Homeless Student, Ikigami, Tokyo Sonata) all great movies, Koreans are coming out strong and like you said #10 the first half was stronger but I see Koreans coming out on top again in there films. I was just astonished with there style, The good, the bad, and the weird, Romantic Island (A lil cheesy but still awesome), Modern Boy, and all the other classics. I could see what you mean though with mindless and bloated films ex; Heartbreak Library.
  • MiKeDeEz
    My bad, I mean #19 instead of #10
  • watcher
    hmmm no . this is one you really have to be into. next!
  • Chan
    Today, Mr. Park's 'Thirst' is open to lots of reporters, in South Korea. One movie expert said that this movie is horribly well-made and appraised the hero, Song Kang Ho. Even though I've not seen the movie yet, I am really looking forward to see it. I love Mr. Park's creative plots and his ability to describe humanbeing's complicated mind.
  • Jon
    Hey Guys, I'm a Korean It means this comment must have gramatical mistakes. Anyway, I'm totally mad at Park's films I would like to watch it but I can't since I'm in Aus. So I asked a friend of mine who has watched that film, he said it's just coverd with brutal scences over the film.. He added it's worth watching it though, there is no point in paying for going to pay for it 😉 but Im so desperately waiting for it... When I go back to Korea, the first thing I have to do is Watching this!! Ah, this can be just little plot of the movie, everyone in Korea knows though, Mr. Song exposed his dick in the last scene which is not allowed legally in Korea, that resulted in kind of big issue in Korea. Usually exposure of an actress is very big issue in Korea especially young one. However, kind of bad news for the Mrs. Kim, Her exposure is kind of neglected owing to the hero's dick : )




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