Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The contest you’ve been THIRST-ing for!

This is pretty friggin rad I have to say!

Palisades Tartan will fly two fans to London for the THIRST premier in October and
Introduce them to Director Park Chan-wook

LOS ANGELES —September, 11th, 2009 — For Immediate Release —Palisades Tartan has just announced the ultimate contest for fans of Asian Extreme films! Beginning September 11th 2009, US and UK residents can visit and sign-up for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet director Park Chan-wook in person, have their picture taken with the celebrated filmmaker and travel to the UK to attend the London premier of THIRST.

“We love the films we distribute and know the fans do too. We had always planned on throwing a contest to promote our new website, but wanted to create something really special and unique,” said Kevin Burns, President and CEO of Palisades Tartan. “This contest is the perfect way for us to thank fans who have really embraced the Asia Extreme genre and shown such strong support to our filmmakers, such as Mr. Park.”

Palisades Tartan will pay for the lucky winner and their guest to travel to London to attend the THIRST premier. This will be hosted by our theatrical partners, Metrodome Distribution, at the Curzon Soho on Monday October 5th 2009. Once the winner arrives, a personal driver will be waiting to chauffer them and their companion to a beautiful hotel located in the center of London. Park Chan-wook will be at the premier and lucky winners can look forward to enjoying lunch with him the following day. Meals will also be covered, but don’t expect live octopus on any of the menus.

The contest will run for approximately two weeks, from Friday September 11th to Wednesday September 23rd 2009 (it ends midnight EST) and is open to both US and UK residents and the Republic of Ireland. No purchase necessary and complete rules and regulations are available at

About Park Chan-wook:
Park Chan-wook is best known for OLDBOY, which won the 2004 Grand Jury Prize in Cannes and was featured on over 50 “Best Of” lists in 2005 (including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and The Onion). In addition to OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE was the first film in the acclaimed Vengeance Trilogy series and the final film LADY VENGEANCE, boasts the highest grossing opening weekend numbers in Korea’s history, generating $9.3 million US in sales. Since the release of his first feature film JOINT SECURITY AREA (JSA), Park Chan-wook has risen in stature, becoming one of the most exciting, inventive and scrutinized directors working today.

THIRST is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, LADY VENGEANCE). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea, THIRST was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. THIRST tells the dark story of Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host), a priest who reveres life and so selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine which is meant to eradicate a deadly virus. The vaccine fails and a blood transfusion is ordered. The lifesaving blood saves Sang-hyun but was infected, leaving him a vampire with a newfound carnal desire for blood. Sang Hyun quickly realizes that blood is not the only thing he craves when a friend’s wife comes to him for help and the priest fins his faith tested in ways he would have never imagined.

About Palisades Tartan:
Tartan Films was originally founded in 1984 in the UK and is credited with bringing Asian Extreme film to the West as well as some of the most compelling art house films of the last quarter century. In May 2008, Palisades Pictures acquired Tartan Films US library assets and two months later, acquired a majority of Tartan Films UK’s 400+ film library assets. The new company Palisades Tartan has operations both nationally and internationally. Palisades Tartan will continue to expand an already distinctive and provocative slate of films by focusing on quality film acquisitions, thus significantly increasing the size of their overall library in both territories. Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp is a prestigious financier of print & advertising for the independent film market. Together with its affiliate, Palisades Media Asset Fund, Palisades has securitized and financed more than 550 films.

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