Dump that sappy stereotype of vampire love story ala Twi-lame, Oldboy creator Park-Chan wook worked his eerie touch on the theme, and once again raising the bar of controversy. The poster was banned by Korea’s gov for picturing a priest on an obscene pose with a woman. But it didn’t stop this provoking dark tale from winning the Cannes International Film Festival’s Jury Prize 2009.
Sang Hyun, a devoted priest, volunteered himself to find a medication for this deadly virus. Unfortunately he got infected and collapsed. Absurdly, due the mysterious blood transfusion he received, he came back from the dead. A miracle? A blessing in disguise, that is… because he’s back with a new appetite: for blood. Yes, Sang Hyun has turn into a vampire. Struggling with the anomaly, things get even more complex when he encountered an awkward relationship with this dysfunctional family of his childhood friend. The controlling mother, the rather-odd son, the ‘pet-wife’ Tae-Joo. The attraction between Sang Hyun and Tae-Ju is inevitable. Horrify at first by the vampirism fact, Tae-Joo became indrawn into the bizzare world of quenching thirst, and lust. And when she’s fed up of her miserable domestic life, she took the excitement of ‘breaking free’ attempt straight to the darkside. This leaves Sang Hyun, on the verge of the humanity left in his soul, battling desperation, obssession and the monster in both of them.
As usual, Park-Chan wook executed every pictures beautifully. The graphic gore and sex scene translated the numbness, madness and irony into an intense delirium . And yes, there will be blood. The only flaw was the pace at some parts tend to be too slow. But i give 8/10 for the exquisite cinematography & delightful grasp of mind-bending horror 🙂