Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews
February 18, 2021
Its overhaul of vampire terror with certain erotic registers leaves me as cold as a corpse, in a state of perpetual apathy. [Full review in Spanish]
August 19, 2020
For a movie so relentlessly bleak, Thirst is also one of the most erotically charged movies in the vampire genre.
November 1, 2018
The few funny or visceral scenes cannot hide the fact that in the year that the vampire flick has been reinvigorated... this is a major disappointment.
May 23, 2018
Thirst truly enters the dreamy, disturbing world of psychological horror. Park manages to sidestep a lot of the cliches of this subgenre by injecting seemingly inappropriate bits of humor.
November 27, 2017
The broad humour ends up undercutting the potential poignancy of the ending... Never mind, because it's not every day you see two vampires locked in such a colourful apache dance of destruction, filmed with such aplomb.
June 18, 2017
Leave it to the South Koreans to inject new blood into the seemingly eternal vampire oeuvre.
June 1, 2015
My affection for Thirst has mostly to do with the performance of Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju, a sullen household slave who's transformed into a ravenous, punishing bloodsucker.
August 29, 2011
Kiddie shows like Twilight and Blood: The Last Vampire pale (you'll excuse the expression) in comparison.
October 31, 2010
Boldly erotic and playfully ponderous about sins of the flesh, "Thirst" rips open its bodice, and various veins, with arterial sprays of carnage and carnality. It's a savage, frank, fanged fusion of "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
October 21, 2010
Perhaps no auteur is as suited to the vampire genre as South Korean director Park Chan-wook, a man who has made a career out of films full of sexual perversity, doomed romances and a seemingly insurmountable volume of blood.
April 15, 2010
The degrees of shock, the foreshadowing and throwbacks throughout (both visual and in dialogue) all seem diminutive next to the amazing performances by the male and female lead.
January 1, 2010
A splendid grand guignol that thankfully avoids the Hallmark Card sensibility of the Twilight series.
December 17, 2009
Begins as a film about a crisis of faith and ends up with a crisis of identity itself.
December 11, 2009
The story of a noble priest resurrected as a vampire and plunged into a life of desire is opulently brought to the screen by one of South Korea's leading filmmakers.
November 17, 2009
Something must have bored writer/director Chan-wook Park, because the second and third acts of Thirst play like scenes out of a totally different and much more incoherent film.
November 4, 2009
What sets Park's film apart from the standard vampire picture has more to do with its tone, characterizations, and its strange blend of lyricism and pitch-black comedy.