Thirst (2009)

2009 Bakjwi Thirst Movie Film Cinema Theatrical Poster ArtWe love South Korean cinema and we love director Park Chan-wook.

Park is well-known for “The Vengeance Trilogy”, i.e. the brilliant Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), the wonderful Oldboy (2003) and the average Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000) is also meant to be very good but we can’t offer our opinion on that one yet.

We’ve seen other examples of splendid South Korea cinema. Memories of Murder (2003) and The Chaser (2008) are excellent crime thrillers. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) is a very good horror. 3-Iron (2004) is a very strong crime romance, and The Brotherhood of War (2004) is a great war movie.

A Bittersweet Life (2005) and I Saw the Devil (2010) are also very popular among crime thriller fans although we found the former a bit too John Woo and the latter a bit too contrived. Both are definitely worth a watch, though; they’re good – just not excellent.

So, on to Park Chan-wook’s highly entertaining Thirst

This film has a bit of everything: action, romance, fantasy, black humour, thrills, violence and highly erotic love scenes. It’s a great story with great acting and, as you’d expect from a foreign film, an original take on an old theme. Which theme? Well… it’s a horror thriller but we won’t give away any more spoilers than that! Just trust us: avoid the trailer, grab a copy and watch it. Just be warned: this ain’t a film for the squeamish!


You can find more information on this Korean-language movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

Like we always recommend: don’t ruin surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. This one gives away all the film’s main themes and story lines:


Title: Bakjwi (2009)

Language: Korean

Direction: Park Chan-wook

Screenplay: Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-Kyeong

Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung

Editing: Kim Sang-beom, Kim Jae-beom

Stars: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun


Full Acting Cast and Roles




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  1. Nathan Hartley

    Love it. Park Chan-wook is awesome🙂 thanks for this review!

  2. sophiaxiong

    Glad to see a Korean film on here!

  3. Joani Mato

    Park Chan Wook is one of the best directors alive. I just love the scene where he takes the girl and starts jumping off building. Director park is a visual genius .

  4. Fantastic film, seen it twice. It was my introduction to Korean cinema! It’s such a shame we don’t get more subbed films in English-speaking cinemas/countries as we’re missing out on so much.

  5. Joy U.K.

    So glad to see this included. I think Thirst is, along with Interview With A Vampire, one of the few movies that truly make viewers understand that it is a curse to be a vampire. Friggin Twilight has set us off in the wrong direction. Good eye you!

  6. kuujinbo

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance & The Chaser are my all-time favorite Korean movies.

  7. Dave

    I absolutely loved Thirst! I thought it was an instant vampire classic. Vampire movies have really always been a great tradition in Western cinema, so it was a wonderful surprise to see a vampire tale so expertly crafted by Asian filmmakers. It went immediately to the top of my list of best vamp movies of all time.

  8. Best korean movie ive seen is Oldboy, Great movie!

  9. This seems like such a unique twist on the vampire genre, I’m surprised it’s never really been done this way before. I’m probably going to watch this one later today, thanks for posting.

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  11. When a Third World Came West

    Hi, so glad you review films like these…do you have recommendations for an Asian/comedy film? I love love Asian/Korean–Daytime Drinking. Would love to to know if you know anymore films like these??

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