I'm a big fan of foreign films and South Korea has produced some gems in the last decade.
Director Park Chan-wook may have invented a new genre with "Thirst," his film about a priest turned bloodsucker who doesn't like to kill. The movie combines horror, suspense, social satire and humor in the story of a man of faith transformed into a vampire by a medical experiment gone wrong.
If pushed, Park calls the film "a vampire romance." But he doesn't like labels. "I didn't set out to make a vampire film that would infuse fresh new blood into the genre," Park said through an interpreter. "I didn't want to make a completely new vampire film. I wanted to make a completely new film with priests in it."
Park is one of South Korea's most respected directors, with a resume that includes the gory "Oldboy," which won Cannes' second prize in 2004. "Thirst," co-produced by Universal Pictures, is the first Korean film made with Hollywood backing.
The central character's faith in God makes "Thirst" the story of a spiritual struggle. Priest Sang-hyung (Song Kang-ho), experiences a crisis of faith and morality when he discovers he must drink human blood to survive...