Burning

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Certificate: 15
Length: 148 mins
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
Language: Korean with English subtitles

Based on Haruki Murakami’s short story ‘Barn Burning’ and nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning follows introvert Jong-soo (Yoo Ah-in), who meets Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo), after she claims to remember him from their childhood. The two begin seeing each other, but when Hae-mi returns from a trip, she is accompanied by wealthy socialite Ben (Steven Yeun).

The acclaimed South Korean director fleshes out Murakami’s short story to immerse the viewer in the world of his characters whilst exploring male rage, class conflict and working-class struggles, as well as unrequited love and the nature of obsession.

“Sex, envy and pyromania make for a riveting mystery in Lee Chang-dong’s masterfully crafted Murakami adaptation.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“Burning is the ‘angry-as-hell’ movie we need right now.” – Vice

“Lee has crafted a hypnotic and haunting film that transcends genre to dig deep into the human condition. You won’t be able to get it out of your head.” – Rolling Stone

“A daring study of class conflict and sexual longing that blazes with mystery.” – The Telegraph

“A beautifully crafted film loaded with glancing insights and observations into an understated triangular relationship, one rife with subtle perceptions about class privilege, reverberating family legacies, creative confidence, self-invention, sexual jealousy, justice and revenge.” – The Hollywood Reporter