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Catholic priest Sang-hyeon (Song Kang-ho) participates in a medical experiment that turns him into a vampire; he is subsequently attracted to a parishioner’s wife (Kim Ok-bin)… The Oldboy director returns with a vampire flick that stands out compared to most others, an unconventional hybrid of horror and love story,Ā inspired by Ɖmile Zolaā€™s ā€ThĆ©rĆØse Raquinā€. Exquisitely shot and elegant, Park Chan-wook’s beautiful direction clashes oddly with unattractive blood-spatter and awkward sex. Emphasis lies on the tragedy of it all and the two-hour-plus running time becomes a bit much to take.

2009-South Korea-U.S. 134 min. Color. Directed byĀ Park Chan-wook. Screenplay: Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-kyeong. Cinematography: Chung Chung-hoon. Cast: Song Kang-ho (Sang-hyeon), Kim Ok-bin (Tae-ju), Kim Hae-sook (Lady Ra), Shin Ha-kyun.

Trivia: Original title: Bakjwi.

Cannes: Jury Prize.



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