Focus Features has officially announced the opening day schedule for the highly anticipated vampire thriller, Thirst, directed by award-winning auteur, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance, JSA). The vampire comedy/drama will open in NY, LA, and San Francisco on July 31st. See below for further theater details and to watch the red-band trailer.
OPENING DAY SCHEDULE: Friday, July 31st, 2009
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street, near 2nd Avenue)
Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, at Crescent Heights)
Landmark’s Bridge Theatre (3010 Geary Boulevard, near Blake Street)
A priest becomes a vampire…another man’s wife is coveted…a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea, Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival.
Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.
Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.