Burning

Burning

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Burning

Steven Yeun (Okja) co-stars in this Cannes prize-winning love triangle mystery from Korean great Chang-dong Lee (Secret Sunshine).

"While on a delivery, Jongsu (Yoo Ah-in, The Throne) encounters Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun) who reminds him that they were neighbours as children. Later that day, the two become lovers, and when Haemi asks Jongsu to feed her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa, Jongsu believes that they are to embark on a relationship. But when Haemi returns from the trip with a handsome, rich companion, Ben (Yeun), Jongsu is left confused and heartbroken. A strange confession, and Haemi’s sudden disappearance, thrusts Jongsu’s world into further disarray and he begins an increasingly desperate investigation." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (Lee) and the Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist (art director Jum-hee Shin), 2018 Cannes Film Festival
2018Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, sex scenes, nudity and coarse language148 minsSouth KoreaKorean with English subtitles
DramaMysteryWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Chang-dong Lee ('Secret Sunshine', 'Oasis', 'Peppermint Candy')
Writer:
Chang-dong LeeJungmi Oh
Cast:
Ah In YooSteven YeunJong-seo JeonJoong-ok LeeJa-Yeon Ok
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Reviews & comments

Vox

Vox

press

It's gripping and unnerving, a noir-style mystery with no answers that goes in entirely unexpected directions (and harbors a hint of William Faulkner too).

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Variety

Variety

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This entire film is meticulously calibrated in its ambiguity, encouraging certain assumptions that neither the characters nor the audience can ever fully verify, so it's best to be on one's toes.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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This is Lee's closest ever film to a thriller, but it defies expectations, offering multiple, murky solutions to a set of mysteries at once.

5.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is a gripping nightmare.

4.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Undeniably gorgeous, strewn with sequences of pure cinematic verve... The film's sweltering tension and commitment to its lack of easy answers is commendable, but less so is its treatment of women.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Burning" is a character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This slow burn cooks.

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Slowly and steadily - one immaculately written, precisely edited, and perfectly-acted scene after another - Burning chips away at our presumption of certainty with a velvet hammer of ambiguity. Without ever spelling anything out explicitly, we are always clear about what our protagonist, Jongsu, thinks and feels - but the story refuses to provide...

5.0
0

Haruki Murakami paired with legendary director Lee Chang-dong (.........). This film is definitely a slow burn, but when the fire is lit 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.

4.0
0
Vox

Vox

press

It's gripping and unnerving, a noir-style mystery with no answers that goes in entirely unexpected directions (and harbors a hint of William Faulkner too).

0
Variety

Variety

press

This entire film is meticulously calibrated in its ambiguity, encouraging certain assumptions that neither the characters nor the audience can ever fully verify, so it's best to be on one's toes.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is Lee's closest ever film to a thriller, but it defies expectations, offering multiple, murky solutions to a set of mysteries at once.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a gripping nightmare.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Undeniably gorgeous, strewn with sequences of pure cinematic verve... The film's sweltering tension and commitment to its lack of easy answers is commendable, but less so is its treatment of women.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Burning" is a character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This slow burn cooks.

0

Slowly and steadily - one immaculately written, precisely edited, and perfectly-acted scene after another - Burning chips away at our presumption of certainty with a velvet hammer of ambiguity. Without ever spelling anything out explicitly, we are always clear about what our protagonist, Jongsu, thinks and feels - but the story refuses to provide...

5.0
0

Haruki Murakami paired with legendary director Lee Chang-dong (.........). This film is definitely a slow burn, but when the fire is lit 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.

4.0
0