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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - THIRST- will be released by Focus Features on Friday, July 31, 2009 in Los Angeles and New York
by Oliver Carnay

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.

Thirst, the Jury Prize winner at the recent 2009 Cannes International Film Festival will be released by Focus Features in New York on Friday, July 31st, 2009.

Director Park Chan wook

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 Jung 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.

A CJ Entertainment and Focus Features International presentation of a Moho Film production, Thirst has a screenplay by Jung Seo-kyung and Park Chan-wook. Produced by Park Chan-wook and Ahn Soo-hyun, the film is directed by Park Chan-wook. Thirst, which is MPAA-rated “R” (for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity, and language) and has a running time of 133 minutes.
06.10.09 by OC