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Park Chan-wook’s “Thirst”, the tale of a priest who turns into a vampire after a failed blood transfusion, opened last April in South Korea, and is headed to the States later this year. Three posters for the movie below, including a look at the banned South Korean one-sheet that has since been, er, “cleaned up” for public consumption.
Sang-hyun, a small town beloved and admired priest who serves devotedly at a hospital, volunteers for the new infectious disease, F.I.V.’s, vaccine development experiment and goes to Africa. The experiment fails and Sang-hyun gets infected by F.I.V. but he ends up being miraculously cured and returns home. News of Sang-hyun’s cure from F.I.V. spreads and people start believing he has the gift of healing and flock to receive his blessing. From those who come to him, Sang-hyun meets a childhood friend named Kang-woo and his wife Tae-ju. Sang-hyun is immediately drawn to Tae-ju. One day, Sang-hyun coughs up blood, dies, and comes back to life the next day as a vampire. Tae-ju is strangely drawn to Sang-hyun, turned vampire, and they have a secret love affair. Sang-hyun asks Tae-ju to run away with him but she turns him down. Instead, they plot to murder Kang-woo…
Starring Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Kim Ok-bin, and directed by Park Chan-wook.
U.S. one-sheet via AICN.