Special film fest features vampire flick THIRST November 18, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
Tags: Park Chan-wook, Song Kang-ho, Thirst, vampires
If you’re looking for a different twist on vampires and you’re in Southern California, check out the special screening of THIRST on Friday at Chapman University in Orange. THIRST, this year’s winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by the stylish Park Chan-wook, is nothing like the teenage angst-ridden TWILIGHT or the offbeat TRUE BLOOD series on HBO. THIRST is the East’s version of what has been mainly a Western take on the genre. Leading Korean actor Song Kang-ho plays a priest who accidentally becomes a vampire when he volunteers for a vaccine experiment that’s intended to stop a deadly virus. OK, that’s the paranormal part. Where’s the romance? This priest/vampire is in love with his friend’s wife.
Park, best known for films like Joint Security Alert and what’s now called as The Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, will be attending the special screening, the opening night of a weekend showcasing select Korean films and their directors. Film scholars will lead Q&A sessions with the audience and the filmmakers throughout the weekend. In all, 12 films will be shown at the event, the result of a partnership between Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Pusan International Film Festival, which is like the Cannes of the East.
For a list of films, directors and ticket prices, CLICK HERE, or call 714-997-6765.