Burning (Beoning)



Rafael 3 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 2:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:South Korea
Running Time:148 min.
Director:Lee Chang-dong
Producer:Lee Chang-dong
Ok Gwang-hee
Screenwriter:Oh Jung-mi
Lee Chang-dong
Cinematographer:Hong Kyung-pyo
Editor:Kim Hyun
Kim Da-won
Cast:Yoo Ah-in
Jun Jong-seo
Steven Yeun
Print Source:Well Go USA
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


A brittle romantic triangle powers revered Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s (Poetry) exquisite adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning.” A relationship blossoms between deliveryman Jong-su and his former classmate Hae-mi when they run into each other after many years. Then Hae-mi returns from a trip to Africa with a new friend, handsome playboy Ben (The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun). A critical darling at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Burning expertly explores class, identity, and love as it concocts a mesmerizing mystery. The characters’ motivations are often oblique in a film that blends genres so deftly that it is almost impossible to know exactly where it’s headed. Burning’s ensemble is a master class of nuance, and Lee takes his time revealing his story’s surprises, resulting in a devastating examination of the secrets and lies we all carry around with us.

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Additional Information

After working in the theater and as a novelist, Lee Chang-dong made his feature debut with Green Fish (1997). He followed that with Peppermint Candy (1999), winning several awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, including the Don Quixote Award; and Oasis (2002), winning multiple Venice Film Festival awards, including a Special Director’s Award. He stepped away from filmmaking in 2002 to serve as South Korea’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, returning in 2007 with Secret Sunshine, winning Best Film and Best Director at the Asian Film Awards. Poetry (2010) won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.