An adoring girl, a cute boy, and a swooping leap off a building? Gee, you'd almost think that the new clip for Thirst -- available at Dread Central -- is some kind of cheap Twilight knock-off -- until you remember that the director is Park Chan-wook. Park is, of course, the mastermind behind Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance, a trilogy of violent, disturbing films that make him perfectly suited for a tale of a priest turned vampire.
Yup, no matter how cute he might look, Sang-hyun (the great Song Kang-ho, from The Host and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird) is a bloodthirsty creature of the night. And he's none too happy about it. As detailed by Darcy Paquet in his review at ScreenDaily, Sang-hyun contracts a deadly disease in Africa, receives a blood transfusion, and is revived. But the only way to deal with the lingering symptoms of the disease is for him to drink human blood. The adoring girl (Kim Ok-vin) is actually a woman stuck in a loveless marriage who imagines that Sang-hyun is the answer to her long-suppressed desires. I can only hope that the movie will live up to my expectations.
Park will be appearing in person at San Diego Comic-Con tonight for a panel on the film in Hall H, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thirst opens in selected theaters on July 31.