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- Movie: Thirst
- Revised Romanization: Bakjwi
- Hangul: 박쥐
- Director: Park Chan-Wook
- Assistant Director: Seok Min-Woo
- Writer: Jung Seo-Kyoung, Park Chan-Wook
- Producer: Ahn Soo-Hyun
- Cinematographer: Chung Chung-Hoon
- Release Date: April 30, 2009
- Genre: Drama / Romance / Supernatural
- Runtime : 133 min. / 145 min. (2009 PIFF)
- Studio: Moho Films, Universal Pictures
- Distributor: CJ Entertainment
- Country: South Korea
- Language: Korean
Sang-hyun is a priest who volunteers his time conducting his ministry to
patients in a small town hospital. Although well respected for his strong faith
and dedicated service to those around him, he suffers from overwhelming
feelings of doubt and despair about living in a world that seems to be drowning
in suffering and death. With the hope of saving even one life, he volunteers to
participate in a risky experiment in Africa and ends up contracting the deadly Eve virus. With the transfusion of a mysterious blood, Sang-hyun then comes back to life as a vampire.
Upon his arrival back in South Korea, news of his miraculous recovery spreads quickly, and devoted parishioners, thinking that
he has the gift of healing, flock to his services. Among the visitors are Kangwoo, Sang-hyun’s childhood friend, and his family. Later, Kang-woo invites Sang-hyun to join the weekly mahjong night at his house, and there Sanghyun finds himself dangerously drawn to Kang-woo’s wife, Tae-ju.
Living with her sick husband and his over-protective mother, Tae-ju leads a
dreary, unhappy life. She is drawn to Sang-hyun and his strange new
physicality, and he is unable to resist his desire. So they begin an affair. But
when Tae-ju discovers the truth about his new life, she retreats in fear, only at
first. When Sang-hyun asks her to run away with him, she turns him down,
suggesting that they kill her impotent husband instead.
- Thirst is the first South Korean film to be jointly produced by Hollywood. Universal Pictures International Studios invested in the film during its production stage and secured North American distribution rights.
- First promotional poster of "Thirst" was banned in Korea for its sexually suggestive pose of a priest. 
- Chan-wook Park was first inspired to make "Thirst" ten years ago after reading the 1867 novel "Therese Raquin" by Émile Zola.
- Chan-wook Park handpicked Bach's "Cantata MWV 82" and the traditonal Korean pop songs by Nan-young Lee and In-soo Nan to appear in the movie.
- "Thirst" opened #1 at the South Korean box office selling 634,486 tickets (30.4% of all ticket sales) during its opening May 1st - May 3rd weekend.
- "Thirst" tallied 2.2 million ticket sales, grossing 14.8 billion ₩, through its domestic theatrical run (staying in the top ten for 6 weeks).
- During the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (October 8th-16th, 2009) "Thirst" will screen at the festival with over 10 minutes of additional footage.
- "Thirst" opened #24 in the U.K. during its opening October 16th-18th weekend. The movie received a limited release, playing on 12 screens & averaging £1,902 ($3,161 USD) per screen and taking in a total of £22,829 ($37,951.69).
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