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Winter Sucks 2024: Thirst (2009)

Opens on January 24

Director: Park Chan-wook Run Time: 134 min. Release Year: 2009

Starring: Kim Hae-sook, Kim Ok-vin, Park In-hwan, Shin Ha-kyun, Song Kang-ho

Country: Korea
Language: Korean, English, French

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About the film:

Winner of the Cannes 2009 Jury Prize.

Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He gets infected and dies, but a blood transfusion of unknown origin brings him back to life as a vampire. Now, Sang-hyun is torn between faith and bloodlust, and has a newfound desire for Tae-ju (Kim Ok-bin), the wife of his childhood friend.

a story of corruption and guilt… drawing viewers into an ever-darkening locus of sin and obsession where even the wish for redemption comes at a terrible cost.

—Keith Phipps, AV Club

About the filmmaker:

Park Chan-wook is a celebrated South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic whose diverse body of work has earned him international recognition and respect, beginning with the Korean box office record-breaking Joint Security Area (2000). At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the Grand Prix for Old Boy (2004), the Jury Prize for Thirst (2009), and Best Director for Decision to Leave (2022), which was shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. He is also known for The Handmaiden (2016), Decision to Leave (2022), the English-language film Stoker (2013) and The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005). He also directed the television miniseries The Little Drummer Girl (2018) for the BBC.

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