Vampire priest thirsts for love in “Bat”
It wouldn’t be a Park Chan-wook film with a simple, straightforward plot, would it?
In Bat [박쥐], or its English title Thirst, Song Kang-ho (The Good The Bad The Weird, Secret Sunshine, The Host) re-teams with one of Korea’s foremost directors, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) — as a vampire.
After five months of shooting both abroad (Australia) and at home in Korea, the movie has just wrapped, and director Park is feeling good about it: “I had the feeling that of all the movies I’ve done, this might turn out to be the best.” Lead actor Song said, “As an actor, it was a formidable adventure and difficult filming experience. I’m happy to be able to do a movie like this.”
Song plays a respected priest who turns into a vampire after receiving a blood transfusion, which he’d undergone as a volunteer to test out a secretly developed experimental vaccine. As if that weren’t bad enough, following his transformation, the devoted priest falls in love with his friend’s wife. Wrong on so many levels, eh? (I remember thinking the description a bit bland when it was first released, but I’d figured more quirks would become apparent as more info became available, and so it has.)
Due to Park’s international recognition, the film has attracted investors in Universal Pictures and Focus Features for North American distribution. It co-stars Kim Ok-bin (Over the Rainbow) and aims for release in the first half of 2009.