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Alex Florez

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2009/07/30 at 12:00am

Thirst

07.30.2009 | By |

Rated: R for graphic bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexual content, nudity and language.
Release Date: 2009-07-31
Starring: Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park
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Country: South Korea
Official Website: http://www.filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/thirst/

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Thirst

Those of you familiar with South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook know exactly what to expect from his latest film, Thirst.  For those of you that aren’t, allow me to introduce you to one of the more fearless storytellers around. 

In his previous work (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance), Chan-wook has taken on those ethical dilemmas and taboos that most are unwilling to confront head on.  Obsessed with how we as humans behave under the most extreme circumstances, Chan-wook has put together stories that are unsettling, visceral, and unapologetic.  But his films aren’t simply ‘shock & awe’.  Beneath it all, are complex and tragic love stories that are surprisingly compelling.  When asked about his major influences, Chan-wook’s response was: Sophocles and Shakespeare.  No wonder.

Thirst however is a little different.  It is about a failed medical experiment that turns a priest into a vampire – but Chan-wook is quick to note that this isn’t just any ol’ vampire movie.  “There are no bats, no stake through the heart, no fear of garlic and the cross”.  For the most part, he’s absolutely right. However, somehow the film doesn’t feel as fresh or as daring as his previous movies.  There just isn’t as much envelope pushing here.  Nevertheless, Korean stars Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-vin turn in outstanding performances in a well put together film. 

Thirst is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those of you that still can’t quench your blood sucking desires, here’s a fresh take from a film that can be incredibly fun.   

Mack Chico

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2008/11/07 at 12:00am

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith to remake ‘Old Boy’

11.7.2008 | By |

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith to remake 'Old Boy'

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in early discussions to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-park‘s Oldboy.” DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights, and the new pic will be distributed by Universal.

In the 2003 Korean original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he’s released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.

Spielberg had been looking for an opportunity to make a film with Smith, who would play the kidnapped man if all the pieces fall into place. Spielberg is looking for a writer to begin the development process.

The film was originally set at U and then found its way to Mandate.

Spielberg is next expected to direct “Tintin.”

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