Vampire stories in film and on TV happen to be very popular in America at the moment. How will Thirst differentiate itself?
A: I havent seen these films so its very hard to compare. But making guesses based on what I heard others say about these films, Thirst probably differentiates itself by not having the things you would expect to find in a conventional vampire film, such as fangs and the garlic and turning into bats. Taking out any mythical elements of the vampire story and actually dealing with it in a more biological way, at an almost existential level, is different.
I only know as much as you do. Honestly, I havent heard anything.
Generally, then, what do you think about the idea of an American filmmaker remaking one of your films?
A: I think its a very interesting idea, and I cant wait to see these films if theyre made. As a story from one culture travels to another culture, how the story changes is what Im most interested in. I myself have taken a Japanese comic book (which became Old Boy) and did with it whatever I wanted to, changing lots of elements of the story. And Ive done the same with a French novel (Emile Zolas Therese Raquin inspired Thirst). So it interests me to see how different filmmakers from other parts of the world, from different cultural backgrounds, would change the films that I have made.
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