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Korean cinema blogathon 2011: ‘Thirst’

Posted by On March - 13 - 2011

Wow! It’s hard to believe that the Korean cinema blogathon is finally coming to a close. Seven days and seven reviews later, we are finally drawing to an end. This has certainly been a growing and learning experience for all of us involved. For those who haven’t dipped your feet into South Korean cinema, I hope that this week and these reviews have opened the eyes of some!

The Plot: Priest Sang-hyeon (Song Kang-ho) is devoted to his faith and seeks to help those that can not help themselves. Through his selflessness, he volunteers for a secret experiment that looks to find a cure for the highly contagious and horrifying EV virus. After a short time with this group of “lepers”, Sang-hyeon is infected with the disease and ultimately comes close to dying. When he does, he is given a blood transfusion that also has the blood of a vampire mixed in with it. Sang-hyeon, who is now a creature of the night, is the only survivor out of the 50 infected members. When released from the hospital he begins to volunteer at the hospital so that he can feast off of coma victims and blood bags as a non-violent form of quenching his thirst. While working at the hospital he meets up with an old friend who has now married Tae-ju (Kim Ok-bin), an old flame of his. Sang-hyeon, who has uncovered a weakness with refusing the needs of the flesh, begins an affair with Tae-ju. With Sang-hyeon’s new disease, will this romance ultimately turn tragic?




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