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U.S. Theatrical Trailer For Park Chan-wook's THIRST Premieres!!!

Beaks here...

Our News Corp-owned buddies at IGN have just debuted the U.S. theatrical trailer for Park Chan-wook's latest, THIRST! And while I can't say I'm itching to see another vampire movie right now, I'll gladly lap up whatever Park is dishing out - especially when he's got the great Song Kang-ho along for the ride (which leads me to once again wonder when the hell THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD is getting released). I'm encouraged that the below trailer actually uses subtitles (albeit, rather stylishly). Perhaps this is a sign that the studios believe non-art house audiences are ready to read dialogue. It's also nice that Focus is getting this out so soon (July 31st) after its Cannes debut; generally, we'd have to wait a full calendar year for the theatrical release of a foreign film (even if its chock-full of violence like THIRST appears to be). Again, I hope this is the start of a trend. I should note that this trailer is age-restricted, so some of you might have trouble viewing it. Sorry!

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  • June 17, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I am there.

    by Judge Briggs

    Has my money when it comes out! Next stop, Moon. I haven't even watched preview yet. Fucking trailers always spoil the fuck out of movies.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

  • June 17, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    more like this

  • June 17, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Should be good times at the movies...

    by samuraiyao

    Can't wait for this one...

  • June 17, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Park should have cast that guy that played Gambit.


  • June 17, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by Krav Maga guy

    Rest assured that in 2-3 years, Hollywood will purchase the rights to remake this same movie, and cast an all-white cast, maybe even the guy who played Gambit..

  • June 17, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by OutlawsDelejos

    I shall wait.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Has a bit of a "Rabid" vibe going on

    by Frisco

    Usually with trailers, between what the trailer itself shows and the rating box on the green (or in this case, red) band screen you pretty much know what is going to happen from the beginning to the end of the movie itself. The MPAA has been getting better with those rating boxes, by the way. Now they're better at making me interested in the movie than the trailer itself. <P> Anyway, Thirst's ratings box is much more promising than Queen of the Damned's, which iirc simply listed "Vampire Violence" as its sole reason for being rated R.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Sorry, cant do it.

    by Playkins

    With the exception of Battle Royale (and even then some), I can't stand Japanese movies. I don't care if the dramatic structure is that of traditional Japanese theatre, they are boring as fuck.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Krav Maga guy -- oh fantatsic. I'll wait then.


  • June 17, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • June 17, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Krav Maga guy

    by Continentalop

    Stupid question, but where do you study and/or teach Krav Maga at (if you do)?

  • June 17, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    ummm @Playkins

    by jason baum

    seeing as how it's should be fine. i'd ask how anyone could find these films 'boring', but since you seem to have lumped all of asian cinema together, labeled it all as 'japanese', then proceeded to call it boring - i think i'd be wasting my time. in the meantime, enjoy terminator salvation, star trek, ironman, and any o' them other american talking movies you can git yer hands on. make sure ta burn any of them boring ass talking pictures with the stupid typewriter words at the bottom! yee haw, pardner!

  • June 17, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Oh my FUCK

    by Harry Weinstein

    Beaks actually mentioned THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD! Good for him; I guess he didn't get the memo that that film's mysterious disappearance was NOT TO BE PUBLICLY DISCUSSED under any circumstances by the websites that seemed so excited about it over a year ago. Don't stand with your back to the window, Beaks - it ain't safe.

  • June 17, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Hollywood is gay

    by fisheater

    Movie looks wicked, def. up there with Antchrist

  • June 17, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Oh my FUCK redux - a good trailer.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Universal Pictures is henceforth put in charge of all non-English language films being released in the United States. Sorry, everyone else.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by mitortilla


  • June 17, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    How much are they gonna cut to get an "R" rating?

    by SoylentMean

    And you're sure this is getting a U.S. theatrical release? Really? In how many theaters, five? I'll gladly support this film if it makes it to a local cinema but I doubt it will. This looks interesting, but hey, is anyone else creeped out about the inherent notion of necrophilia that is associated with vampire tales and films? Because it creeps me the fuck out.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by kafka07

    Fuck yes!

  • June 17, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    that looks fucked up.

    by knowthyself


  • June 17, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    That may be the first vamp movie...

    by ltgalloway

    That may be the first vampire movie I'm aware of that makes vampires look disgusting and vile. Everything else I've seen has portrayed them as beautiful and tortured or cartoony monsters. This has a real disturbing quality to it and it looks like a brilliant take on the genre.

  • June 17, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by CHUDfucker

    I want this movie now more than anything!!!

  • June 17, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    lol epic fail playkins, epic fail.

    by Warcraft

    screenshot or it didn't happen.

  • June 17, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Gay, Continentalop...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    your question was gay.

  • June 17, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by Ninja Nerd

    ...that was fucked up. I'm jazzed to see it. Will it be R or NC-17?

  • June 18, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    If you are saying that because you are thinking I was being condescending towards Krav Maga Guy, farthest thing from the truth. I used to take KM at the Los Angeles Center and wondered if that is where he studied and/or teach. If that was the case I was going to ask if someone was still teaching there. <p>

  • June 18, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    No, Cont...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    that is not why I am saying that.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Than please enlighten me as to why it was "gay"

    by Continentalop

    I am dying to find out.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    The fact that you don't know...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    makes it even funnier.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Ok than

    by Continentalop

    Nice talking with you.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    It's kind of sad, too...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    because you either scared him off or he just ignored you. And now you might never find out.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by jason baum

    i can't figure out if yer messing with continentalop, or if yer trying to pick a fight. i didn't see anything wrong with his seemingly sincere question, or anything that would prompt someone to fuck with him. am i missing something? i know nothing about krav maga, so was he being a prick for asking that question, or are you that sad that you gotta fuck with strangers on a talkback?

  • June 18, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Dude, don't change...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    screen names and pretend to be someone else. It's cool. Be you.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    well i ve seen both thirst and tje good, the bad

    by southafricanguy

    , and the weird. Obviously both have been out in Korea for a long time now (I live in Korea). Anyway...the thirst is very disturbing and a very interesting take on the vampire genre. Imho the most interesting I have seen since Interview with the Vampire. As for the TGTBTW, its ok...pretty much just a remake of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Largely even the same ending. If you have never seen a spaghetti western then u mau enjoy it, bit otherwise, as in my case, it just feels like something you ve seen many times before imho...

  • June 18, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST


    by jason baum

    brother, you are a funny dude. here i'd try to convince you i'm a completely different person, and i'd even point out the very obvious fact that i posted way earlier, immediately after the 1st post by the cantaloupe guy you got a crush on - but we both know nothing gets through & i'd be wasting my time. cheers.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by smatt584

    Yeah, i noticed that too, although im only Continentalop's left foot secretly writing in pseudonym, so i suppose none of this matters to Mr. Ernest. Man, it sucks to be a figment...

  • June 18, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    That trailer is so fucking good...

    by DanielKurland

    The best thing about seeing a new Chan Wook Park movie is that it easily may become your new favorite film. This guy is so, so amazing, and I'm really happy he's making movies this frequently, and that they're remaining so incredibly consistent. The scene in Oldboy where it's cutting back and forth between the guy holding his sister in the past and present, and then cocking the gun in the present, and it shows him cocking an imaginary gun in the past, is maybe my favorite scene in cinema. The music is fantastic, and just every element of it is perfect directing.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Does anyone have a link to download the trailer...

    by DanielKurland

    I'd appreciate it.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    That'd be...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    "Mr. BorgNine." "Mr. Ernest" sounds like my housekeeper or something.

  • June 18, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    It seems interesting.

    by noncents

    We will have to see.

  • June 18, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    wait a sec..

    by smatt584

    No, no, no, that'd be "Meesa Urness". Am i wrong?

  • June 18, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST Why is this rated R?

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • June 18, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Can't wait..

    by Darth Thoth

    I'm there buddy!

  • June 18, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Tough to beat 'Let the Right One In'

    by Garbageman33

    For Playkins' benefit, that's the vampire movie with the kids made in Switzerland. Or Sweden. Wait, aren't they the same?

  • June 18, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi

    by The Dark Shite

    It's rated R, because the American Censors are fine with gore & violence, but not with toe sucking. Or anything even slightly sexual. Hence a kid can watch a guy get his brains blown out, but not see a bit of the sweet stuff. Weird. <p> This movie looks shit hot by the way!

  • June 18, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I also can't wait for this

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Old Boy is a classic.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Park's Revenge Trilogy is the tits!

    by Darkartist

    I tried to get my wife to watch Sympathy For Lady Vengeance and she quit after the first 20 minutes. She said it was too damn depressing and I love movies that pull that kind of visceral reaction from people. I can't wait to see Park's twisted take on bloodsuckers. It's gonna be sick.

  • June 18, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Porky's Revenge Trilogy has tits!

    by ebolamonkey

  • June 18, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    holy shit

    by subtlety

    that looks kick ass. Gargabeman33 -- yeah, if it hadn't been for "let the right one in" this looks like far an away the best thing anyone has tried in this genre for awhile. Still, even though it may be in that movie's shadow, its nice to see someone else really shooting for the stars. Strive for greatness!

  • June 18, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by sheikher81

    that's some crazy shit, john carpentar should retire.

  • June 18, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Wow that creeped me out!

    by Johnno

    And from the little we see in the trailer it's clearly 'R' because this actually looks gorey and violent and also all fucked up, not like pussified American horror movies with red sauce running down your nighties... Maybe this'll be at the Toronto film festival? BUt maybe I'll wait for it on video instead of paying 20 fucking dollars to go to some out of my way secluded theatre to check it out.

  • June 18, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I'd love for this to be at TIFF, but...

    by DanielKurland

    I doubt it, since the festival will be two months after the film's release. There's so much good stuff coming out between now and September, I have no idea what WILL end up being there. Shutter Island maybe?

  • June 18, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Garbageman33

    I'm hoping for Zombieland. And, like you, I'm counting the days until Midnight Madness disrupts my sleep patterns.