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Posted on 11/03/09 05:12 PM
Just say "Chan-wook Park" and I will come running. This is largely because he delivers something never seen before upon each new release. Thankfully, this is the only predictable aspect of his filmmaking.
Thirst is no exception. From the complex opening scene in the hospital to the beautifully morbid closing frame, Park takes the audience on a visceral thrill ride. Much like Sweden's "Låt den rätte komma in," Thirst is more a tragic love story than a traditional vampire flick, ā la Fright Night. One quickly realizes that the vampire element is simply a prop Park uses to create interactions and build relationships among his characters. However, this is not a detriment to the film. Time moves all too quickly as we watch the leads fall in love and fall to pieces.
My only explanation for depriving Thirst of a perfect score is that I have seen Park do better (Oldboy). While some small technical issues exist and the plot occasionally takes an unnecessary diversion, the film is otherwise extraordinary. As most great movies do, it demands a second viewing. I cannot wait for mine!