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.
If this wasn’t directed by Park Chan-wook I would have no interest. But it is! So at the least it should be gory, weird and unique.
Both of the posters we see here hide the gore, but still keep the weird. Obviously, the domestic version is significantly tamer, although not exactly tame. It is also feels a little more balanced and less awkward. Whether this is a plus or a minus when it comes to the promotion of this film is hard to say, obviously they are trying to make something that stands out while still maintaining a certain veneer of restraint and seriousness. Tough balance to obtain.
Interesting that they decided to do away with some of the cleavage, isn’t it? Didn’t strike me as all that raunchy, considering the kind of stuff we see nowadays. But I guess they felt it detracted from the overall tone of the poster. Or something like that.