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Park Chan Wook's Thirst

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Cardiff's similar, I got so fed up I started doing screenings a local club.

We have Chapter Arts, which is great for films about women's issues in Iran and unwatchable arthouse classics of the two French people in black and white getting all existential for two hours variety, and a multiplex for all your mainstream Hollywood needs, but no middle ground.

We ran Sunday Sinema for two months last year, showing Jean Rollin films, HG Lewis stuff, grindhouse trailers, etc and I'm going to try and organize something with Finder Keepers Records who are expanding out of weird soundtracks into cult dvds next year.

Five Clips From THIRST...


Kim Newman rated the movie 4/5 on the empire website...
Still haven't seen it thanks to my amazingly bad local cinema. If it isn't a mainstream Hollywood film you have about a three day (one show per day) window.
It's going to look amazing on Blu-Ray, the whole thing looks beautiful.
Already announced this one mate Wink Eagerly awaiting my Blu-ray check disc though!
Park Chan Wook's Thirst
Old Boy director Park Chan-Wook presents his unique take on the Vampire myth.

Here's the press release....

UK Trailer:


THIRST comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 25th January 2010.



 – (Four Stars) – The Daily Telegraph

Following its hugely successful theatrical release in October, which saw it being hailed as Film of the Week in both Time Out and The Guardian and being awarded Four Star reviews in Daily Express, Time Out, The Sun, Empire, Total Film and Loaded, Park Chan-wook's THIRST comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 25th January 2010.

The joint winner of the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, THIRST sees the director of such acclaimed and varied films as the military thriller "JSA: Joint Security Area", the comedy romance "I'm A Cyborg" and the standout movie of his "vengeance" trilogy "Oldboy" further emphasising his versatility as a storyteller and a filmmaker by turning his hand to Western horror traditions and taking on the ever-popular vampire

Very loosely based on Emile Zola's novel "Therese Raquin", the story concerns a priest who, accidentally cursed with vampirism, is thrown into a whirlpool of moral decline that leads to him into a nightmare world of lust, adultery and murder.

Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine research project designed to eradicate a deadly virus. When the virus is found to be affecting the priest and threatening his life, a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. However, the blood he receives is unknowingly infected, the result of the transfusion being that Sang-hyun survives the viral attack but now exists as a vampire dependent upon the life blood of others.

Struggling with his new found carnal desire for this vital fluid, 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 tormented life. It's not long before the former priest is plunged headlong into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the deadliest of the Seven Sins.

Starring Song Kang-ho as Sang-hyun (The Host; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; Lady Vengeance; Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance) and Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju (Dasepo Naughty Girls; The Accidental Gangster), THIRST is a visceral, thought-provoking and darkly comic exploration of human existence in extreme circumstances from one of the most original and provocative directors working in modern cinema.

THIRST (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£19.99) and Blu-ray (£24.99) by Palisades Tartan on 25th January 2010.

DVD Features

Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 and half-rate DTS 5.1 audio options; trailer; UK exclusive interview with Park Chan-wook.

Blu-ray Features

Edited highlights from the NFT Masterclass; Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio options; trailer; UK exclusive interview with Park Chan-wook.