Synopsis: Acclaimed director Park Chan-wook returns with his highly anticipated vampire film Thirst, an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Everyone's favorite actor Song Kang Ho plays a respected priest who turns into a vampire after a medical experiment gone wrong. His newfound thirst for blood and deadly attraction for his best friend's wife drives him down a road of lust and depravity.
Round-up: Chan-wook Park's "Thirst" - wasn't met with overall approval. Variety's Derek Elley called the New Age vampire flick "an overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspirati... on," while The AV Club's Mike D'Angelo says the film "has no sense of rhythm or flow whatsoever." The Boston Globe's Wesley Morris doesn't quite dislike the film, but does note: "The South Korean's lawlessness hits a wall in "Thirst," a movie about a priest (the peerlessly great Song Kang-ho) who becomes a vampire. The movie sidesteps the moral problems of the three "Vengeance" films but glibly skates the surface as Park did in the first two." Screen's Darcy Paquet, however, significantly disagreed, saying "this complex and supremely inventive work sees the filmmaker back on top form," continuing: The first 90 minutes of Thirst is a robust display of these talents, but it is anchored in a melancholic lyricism that is new to Park’s oeuvre. Although the focus of its narrative movement is not always clear, in its best moments, Thirst offers something of the poetic force of cinema’s timeless masterpieces."