Bakjwi (Thirst)


Bakjwi (Thirst)

Critics Consensus

The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.



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Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Kim Ok-bin star in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's frightener concerning a priest whose life takes a turn for the worst after he participates in a medical experiment to find a cure for a deadly disease.


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Critic Reviews for Bakjwi (Thirst)

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  • Park is clearly an exceptional director capable of being weirdly funny, quirkily fantastical, brutal and sexy, sometimes at one and the same time. There's no one quite like him.

    Oct 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • A rollicking, hysterical splatter-sex-comedy only confirms 'Thirst' as one of the year's more extreme, enjoyable entertainments.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With its rapacious appetites and forceful directing style, is definitely a vampire film for grown-ups.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Not one of Park's best films, but it has bite.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Red blood and black humour spurt hard as Thirst reveals itself to be one of the most deliciously skewed incisions into the vampire romance subgenre.

    Oct 16, 2009
  • What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed.

    Sep 10, 2009 | Rating: B-

Audience Reviews for Bakjwi (Thirst)

  • Jun 15, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    Oh what could have been! In "Thirst" you have a great idea; that of a priest who, while trying to help mankind by participating in a vaccine trial that could save millions of lives, ends up with that tainted blood we all know so well. The moral implications are juicy - a man of God wrestling with the bloodthirsty (literally, he he he) beast now residing inside him - what a film this could be. Sadly, the moralistic aspects of this tale get thrown by the wayside less than halfway through as the film dissolves into a bloody mess (again, literally). This Korean entry certainly has an odd style going for it, and for a time it works in a very linear and matter of fact way. Director Chan Wook Park has no qualms about showering us in torrents of blood as well as the more mundane human rituals, including farting and relieving oneself - stuff that served no purpose in the film and frankly I could have done without. I was astounded at the amount of detail and time spent on things that didn't matter, while glossing over or simply blithely ignoring some pretty severe plot holes. The film seems to totally miss the point it was initially trying to make, as absurd sequence follows absurd sequence, so by the time you get to the ultimate scenes you almost laugh instead of taking it seriously. Any moral message has by this time become so buried by pointless scenes and a lack of cinematic focus that all sense of poignancy is lost. The film is just so uneven, even in its CGI. There are some seamless bits where boils and pustules slowly vanish; vanquished by the vampire blood - but then there are some truly awful Crouching Tiger imitation jumping scenes that are truly laughable, and truly add nothing to the tale - really, this uber strong vampire thing once again glosses over the real meat of the matter - that in order to survive, a vampire requires the blood of the species he used to be. That should have been the focus here, along with how a priest slowly loses his battle with the beast within - suffering a loss of faith in the bargain - a metaphorical gem just waiting to be mined - but not in this film.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2011
    The thing that I like about Korean films is because they're so fresh and clever. Just like Thirst, a vampire movie for adult, as I assume packs good thrills and blood amidst an interesting story and a satisfying conclusion.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2011
    A hyper-sexual and highly stylized meditation on the sins of the flesh. Song Kang-Ho is superb here as a man "living" in a perpetual state of crises. On top of this, one can see a higher level of maturity in the direction when compared to Park Chan-Wook's previous films. There is some very subtle yet amazing camera work in this movie and I give him credit for doing something interesting with the tired vampire genre. All in all, this film is very unique and like all Park Chan-Wook films, worth a watch just for the experience.
    Reid V Super Reviewer

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