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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.

  • Song Kang-ho


  • Kim Hae-sook

    Madame Ra

  • Shin Ha-kyun


  • Kim Ok-vin


  • Park In-hwan

    Old priest

  • Park Hyun-won


  • Oh Dal-soo


  • Song Young-chang


  • Park Chan-wook

     Director, Screenplay, Producer

  • Chung Seo-kyung


  • Ahn Soo-hyun


  • Chung Chung-hoon


  • Ryu Seong-hie

    Production Designer

  • Song Jong-hee

    Make-up and Hair Designer

  • Cho Sang-kyung

    Costume Designer

  • Cho Young-uk