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Monday, July 27, 2009

"THIRST" From Director Park Chan-wook -- Check Out This New Clip!

Winner, Jury Prize, 2009 Cannes International Film Festival
Park Chan-wook is recognized the world over as one of the most creative storytellers in cinema. With his startlingly distinctive plots, violent subject matter, and sensual mise-en-scène, the writer/director has earned accolades from critics and audiences across the globe, presenting his films at the most vital and influential international film festivals.

Among his films are Joint Security Area, the boxoffice smash that marked his first teaming with Thirst star Song Kang-ho; Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which won the jury prize for Best Picture at the Philadelphia Film Festival; Old Boy, which won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival; the "Never Ending Peace and Love" segment of the omnibus feature If You Were Me and the "Cut" segment of the omnibus feature Three…Extremes; Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, which won two awards at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival; and I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK, which earned him the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
A priest becomes a vampire…another man’s wife is coveted…a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea, Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.
Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.

Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.
MPAA Rating: R (for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity, and language)
Running Time: 133 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2:35/1 [Scope]

OPENING DAY SCHEDULE: Friday, July 31st, 2009:
New York -- Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema ( 143 East Houston Street , near 2nd Avenue )
Los Angeles -- Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, at Crescent Heights )
San Francisco -- Landmark’s Bridge Theatre ( 3010 Geary Boulevard , near Blake Street )


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