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Mother, Thirst take home Director’s Cut Awards

This year’s 12th Director’s Cut Awards were given out on December 21, and the top winners this year were Thirst, Park Chan-wook‘s stylish vampire-horror film starring Song Kang-ho as a vampire priest, as well as Bong Joon-ho‘s Mother, whose Kim Hye-ja is earning a number of accolades as the titular mother who goes all-out to protect her dimwitted son (Won Bin) from a false charge.

Also honored was Jeon Do-yeon, who didn’t win an acting award but was given a plaque of appreciation as part of the Cinema Angel Project, which promotes the development of independent films. In addition, a commemorative plaque was issued in memory of Jang Jin-young, who recently passed away of stomach cancer at the age of 35.

Winners List

Best Director: Park Chan-wook (Thirst)
Best Actor/Actress: Song Kang-ho (Thirst), Kim Hye-ja (Mother)
Best New Director: Ounie Lecomte (A Brand New Life)
Best New Actor/Actress: Kim Dong-wook (Take Off), Park Bo-young (Speed Scandal)
Best Producer: Yoon Je-kyun (Haeundae, JK Films)
Best Indie Film Director: Yang Ik-joon (Breathless)


Park Bo-young, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Dong-wook


Song Kang-ho, Park Chan-wook, Yoon Je-kyun

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Has anybody here seen Thirst? How did you like it? I ask because I really really disliked it. I was thisclose to walking out, but I'm a little masochist, so...

It was a WTF movie imo.

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I saw Thirst recently. It's definitely different, definitely had a lot of WTF moments. It was like watching two completely different movies, but overall I'd say I liked it. I'm quite fond of Song Kang-ho, which helped, and Kim Ok-bin was amazing, just fearless. I thought Kim Hae-sook, who played the mother-in-law, was fantastic too; in fact, she kind of stole the movie, I thought!

On another note...Kim Dong-wook is SUCH a cutie!

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It was like watching two completely different movies -- uh-huh *nods head in agreement*

But yep, the actors were superb! Shin Ha Kyun was excellent, too.

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Kim Dong-wook best new actor?!? I'm glad he won it, but...that wasn't his first movie, was it? *puzzled*

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I thought Kim Hae-sook, who played the mother-in-law, was fantastic too;
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Agreed. :) She was superb!

Watched both movies, I'd also give the best director award to PCW.

PCW infused something mental in this movie (the scenes with Shin Ha Kyun, after his death in the movie). Loved it. Also love BJH's work. Both are excellent directors.

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@1 Snikki: Really? You hated-hated it?

I am planning to watch it this weekend -- but maybe change of plans is in order? Without spoilers, can you tell me if it is just a totally nonsensical mess of a movie or just a really obvious, cliched, boring one?

Also, what would the U.S. rating be? The posters make it look pretty sexual, and I don't care for the sexually graphic stuff from Korea.

I am hoping for it to be a silly horror movie with typical vampire-y sexual undertones...all packaged with an awesome actor . That's the extent of my expectations.

Alterna-plan: Start Smile, You. It sounds like a fun ride.

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I watched it, and thought it was pretty good. It was a lot more erotic than expected. . . but I like how it wasn't your average vampire movie. I definitely thought it deserved the director award (I saw Mother too).

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@Nom_Kitteh: Steer clear . . . you'll probably hate it. It's definitely a mature film, much like Old Boy was. (It's as far from a silly horror movie as you can get.)

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@ 6 Nom_Kitteh

Based on your above criteria:

"I am hoping for it to be a silly horror movie with typical vampire-y sexual undertones"

Agree with Angela, you should stay FAR away from Thirst. It's quite graphic. As far as comparing to US movie ratings, probably NC-17. If not, a very strong R.

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@Nom_Kitteh

How do I even start. Hmm... I purged this out of my memory. I only remember that I hated it. Let me try to recall...

Like mentioned above, it was like watching 2 different movies. It just diverted somewhere and became nonsensical as the movie progressed. There was even a point where I thought it was the end; I grabbed my empty bag of popcorn and was ready to leave, when all of a sudden it just continued on. Man! It was tiring to watch, that's the best way to describe it (for me, at least), I got really tired of it. It kinda went in circles, too, if I remember it right. In short...WTF!

As for the sexual content, I think you can handle it. It's mild spicy (edit: others think it's quite graphic so my "mild spicy" might be wrong)

BUT! The actors were all great. Every single one of them.

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@ Angela, Langdon, and Snikki,
Thank you so much for the feedback and responses. I am amused (in a good way) that a possible NC-17 got a "mild spicy" from Snikki! Love it.

This sucks (lol, vampire pun) because I have been wanting to watch this movie ever since I first heard of it. My spoiler-phobia has kept me from reviews -- but now maybe I will dabble into some to get a feel.

I am okay with graphic movies, but often the ones from Korea and Japan make me...angry (lol). Often there are power differentials, with the man super aggressive and in control. And then the "sex" scenes have either a non-responsive or a seemingly-not-enjoying-it female (yeah, I'm looking at you, Japan). All of it becomes too rapey and male-centered for me to enjoy. Thirst -- with what I gather of its basic premise -- is probably all that and more.

Oh well: Weekend will be Fantastic Mr. Fox followed by Smile, You.

Again, thanks for the responses, all.

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I also saw Thirst here in VA and it was very sexually graphic. I was actually surprised at the number of sex scenes. This movie is not for anyone under 18.

Having said that, I enjoyed the movie. It was different from other vampire films and quirky. It does start off slow and remains slow, but that didn't bother me. It was the small things that kept the move interesting.

I mean a priest becomes a vampire and then gets a married girlfriend. How many quirky situation do you think you can make out of that. This is certainly a should see (not a must) if you have the time.

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How about "Mother"? Would anyone like to share their thoughts about it? I'd like to see it but don't know where.

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@ rockee

Try http://www.aznv.tv - both Mother and Thirst are available there.

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I was surprised that Thirst was tamer than I thought, it was said in the promos that the character that Kim Ok-bin's going to play will be Tang-wei-like when it comes to intimate scenes. But it wasn't.

@rockee

you may check Mother out. It was good. :)

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I saw thirst and it wasn't good. It was a horrible movie in my opinion. Thirst was so boring and dumb...it was a waste of time. I can't believe that movie won for best director and actor.

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thirst is like a vampire movie from different angle of regular version that I used to watch from west vampire movie..a littlebit erotic..but it's interesting movie.

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@langdon813
Is the link work on a PC only? Would it work on a MAC? Could you please show me how? Thanks so much!!

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I'm glad that Park Bo-young got Best New Actress for her work in "Speed Scandal". She was excellent in it, and what a fun, fun movie it was!

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While Thirst was a disappointment, I wouldn't say it was bad. It just wasn't as awesome as I expected. And frankly, given the actors and the director, I expected a lot. I would have to say the story fell flat and the directing had an awkward flow. The entire movie was just... off.

I didn't think the sex scenes were graphic at all. On a scale of 1 to 10, with a 10 being Movie: A Frozen Flower and 1 being Drama: La Dolce Vita, I'd give it a 6.5 sexually.

Now as for violence, I'd give it a 8 or 8.5 maybe.

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I like Mother a lot - a quiet and poignant piece that lives up to its title: Mother! Yet, somehow, I felt like having seen this before, some European film that gives you the wow and argh at the end. The story, the acting (especially Kim hye-ja of course), the cinematography, the beautiful country scenery all add up to two very worthwhile hours of cinematic experience. Highly recommended!

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I wanna watch Mother. Anyone knows if it's up on any links?

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I was kinda interested to watch Thirst first when I saw the poster and its trailer, but now I kinda doubt that I'll watch it. Since you guys here are giving the negative feedback about the movie. So it's rather a very heavy R movie huh? Not that I don't like that kind of movie, but if it has so many disturbing scenes I think I'll give up to watch it. ^^;;
Please do tell me one thing, that I should consider to watch Thirst. Before I change my mind. thanks guys~

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@mayadee or even @Nom_Kitteh

If you have time, I say go watch it. It's now available online to see, so at least you're spared from wasting your money at the theatre. Also, you can always stop watching if you get sick of it. Who knows, you might even like it.

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@mayadee

My disturbo-meter is very high so I cant say that it's a heavy R versus a regular R. I say if you can see it for free then do so. But it you have to pay to see it, it's not all that.

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@mayadee: are you the reviewer mayadee on Lovers Unparalleled? just wondering :)

anyways, I have no idea about Thirst since it never struck me interesting enough to watch it.. but Mother I did watch, and well, it was totally an ending I never really expected. I think Kim Hye Ja was pretty good as the role of the dimwitted kid's mother. Won Bin was excellent at portraying a dimwitted kid- he had the blank look on down and it was def believable. This wasn't my type of movie, especially with the way it ended. But other people might enjoy- I just thought it was very odd. But def an ending I never expected, or anyone might've expected. There was also a very unnecessary inapproriate scene in there- I can't understand why that scene had to be there, but it was there.

I'm glad Park Bo Young won for Speed Scandal! I love that movie- especially that cute little kid. :)

But to people who have watched Mother and Thirst- if Mother wasn't my type of movie just because of the ending, would I enjoy Thirst at all?

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@Snikki & @muffin

thanks for your two cents, guys. I might gonna watch it for free then. Well, let's see if I would like it or not, that will depend on my preference. I usually like odd movies, but I'm also very picky. Hopefully I will enjoy the movie. (even though I highly doubt it ^^;)

@ernie
as a matter of fact, yes I am. nice to meet you here. May I ask what is your ID in LU?
I pretty much like Mother, but not entirely enjoyed it. Great movie is not always be an enjoyable one to watch, isn't it? I like the plot actually, it's poignant and unpredictable. I don't like the ending either, it's an awful cliffhanger. But I guess that's intentional. And I really adore how Kim Hye Ja portraying a mother of an idiot boy. She should get the award for that, I think.

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@mayadee: i knew you were on LU :) I'm not some stalker or anything- but you reviewed two of my stories- I'm iridiscentillustrations:) But yes, I didn't like the ending either. It was just off and too odd.. it surprised me a lot, but idk if i'd ever make it one of my favorite movies.

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Oh, where to start with 'Thirst'? Just my opinion, but It's such a cerebrally intoxicating piece of film ... full of innuendoes and deadpan humor, too.

The way I see it ... and this is somewhat of a *spoiler* ... you have a priest who has dedicated his life to helping people. He even volunteers for an experimental medical trial even though he knows that the majority of test patients die as a result. (In fact, he's the only one out of 500 in his session who survived) Once he becomes infected via a blood transfusion, he doesn't automatically turn into a soul-less vampire who violently kills his victims. The benevolent side of him still exists, and co-exists, with his tainted blood.

Then there's the heroine he falls in love with. A mousy woman who was kicked around all her life. Forced to marry a dimwit and living a life without luxuries. Once she becomes infected, and in direct contrast to the priest, she takes vengeance for all her years of suffering.

Rather profound.

I agree that this movie isn't for everyone, but for us Park Chan Wook fans ... it really does deliver.

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