DVD – Thirst (DVD)

DVD - Thirst (DVD)

Thirst (DVD)

               Genre: Drama, Horror, love story
               Vampire virus, epidemic, experiment, Cleric

The bloody path of a priest

  What does a French naturalist with a South Korean horror film director in common? Quite a lot, considering the latest work of the Asian iconoclast Park Chan-wook. His thirst for vampire drama lies in its basic design deliberately to Emile Zola’s scandalous work Thérèse Raquin , the heated over 140 years because of his movement’s minds. The figure constellation with a morally depraved lovers in central park has taken almost entirely from Zola. Zola, too, to outline guiding principle, the behavior of “human beasts” in detail and analyze it takes to park in thirst again. Since the Koreans, a mere transformation of the Thérèse Raquin -would be profane material in a completely different medium and milieu, he still adds a fantastic thirst rating (the vampire motif) and a Christian component (the priest added a sinner). The danger of a disastrous overload Park takes so approvingly accepted.

The Catholic priest Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) has doubts, given the suffering in the world to his faith. To once again bringing us closer to the people and their problems, he logs on to a dangerous Research in South Africa. It is to be found a vaccine against a deadly virus, and Sang-hyun is one of the courageous volunteers for an antidote. But the priest comes in this experiment to death until he was a last blood transfusion suddenly turned into a vampire. While he is revered by the miraculous revival of religious fanatics as the future savior who seeks bandaged, deeply troubled priest only once in the seclusion of his home. Soon must determine Sang-hyun that he not only possesses supernatural powers, but also develops an insatiable lust for blood. From then seethes in him a tremendous inner conflict between his Christian faith and the thirst for the red lifeblood. During his trips to the public scant chance he meets his feeble classmates Kang-woo (Shin Ha-kyun) and his repressed wife Tae-joo (Kim Ok-vin). Sang-hyun falls in love with her, throwing his vow of celibacy overboard and gives himself fully to his passions. His vampire existence, he can not hide from Tae-joo long. First discovered the young woman in his confession shocked but also an equal opportunity to leave behind their hated life itself: Because with his strength but Sang-hyun could easily liquidate their brutal Nochehemann. Sang-hyun as her cold-blooded assassination plots agrees it triggers a fatal chain of events.

Park Chan-wook is the latest since his cult-revered revenge trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance as saviors of the South Korean cinema. The idea for the formalist, but Thirst had already been over ten years ago when he worked on his masterful political thriller border JSA. Together with the subtle persuasive actor Song Kang-ho (The Host), he wanted to miss the deadlock vampire genre a new twist. Prompt Park received for his vision shared with the Fish Tank Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Was during the Twilight vampire myth in the wake entbrutalisiert and desensualized, is not just Koreans delicately strung with thirst for cinematic counter-attack. For a popular Asian production very liberally in the passionate and nasty (for example, the lick of) sex scenes, feet covered with corneal Park also makes the issue of violence no prisoners. To illustrate the indomitable thirst for blood, repeatedly park a number of sequences in which Sang-hyun at the sucking of blood bags is shown in the hospital. This act is not a voluptuous with Park, but a compulsive, which makes creating the priest, above all, morally. Especially the desperate clinging of the once so good, in the soul pure priest to his faith rules that will deny his sexual pleasure, and his vampire constraints so crassly played out in thirst in every detail.

In the first third of his disturbing and complex horror drama park tells this dilemma with a precise and consistent use of symbolic pictorial motifs and elegant camera moves. The subtle signs of a frontier experience situation for a priest departs later the bold love story, in which only the breathtakingly intense playing can contact Kim Ok-vin highlights. Too often repeat themselves in the middle of thirst known from other vampire movies Aussaugsequenzen, too little determination and amazingly weak park here is driving the plot. With the exaggerated figures of a hysterical mother-wit and painful whining husband of Tae-joo Park also makes itself no favors. For the superficial laughs go off at the expense of the tension and to draw from the real problems of the lovers.

The indecisiveness of the narrative and lack of originality in the work-up of the vampire myth can not compensate for park also lived with his sophisticated compositions. Only in the last third of thirst rebounds when an ingeniously arranged, several minutes of struggle illustrates hyun against the sunlight, the enormous power and longing for death of self-joo and Tae-Sang. How can the vampire genre, but not only breathes new life into individual sequences, proved last year with Tomas Alfredson’s critically acclaimed surprise hit So dark the night.

(Florian Koch)

Title: Thirst (DVD) Original Title: Bak-Jwi Country of production: South Korea Year of production: 2009 Length: ( #) 134 (Min) Published by: Ascot Elite Home Entertainment format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, Korean (# ) EAN: wook 4048317358946 Extras: Chan-Park in Berlin: interview from the Fantasy Filmfest & autograph session, trailer & teaser

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