Based on a short story by internationally beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Burning follows shy aspiring writer Jongsu (Yoo Ah-in), whose aimless existence is transformed by a chance meeting with beautiful, free-spirited former classmate Haemi (Jun Jong-seo). Instantly smitten, Jongsu’s romantic hopes give way to obsession after Haemi returns from a trip in the company of her wealthy new boyfriend Ben (The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun), and then disappears without a trace. Korea’s official submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Burning marks the long awaited return of master melodramatist Lee Chang-dong (Poetry, Secret Sunshine), who infuses Murakami’s offbeat mystery narrative with sublime romantic intensity and free-floating Lynchian menace. A transfixing union of virtuosic long-take style and propulsive storytelling that builds toward a shattering climax, this award-winning Cannes sensation deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Director Lee Chang-dong | 2018 | In Korean with English subtitles | 148 minutes | NR (some strong content may not be suitable for younger viewers) | DCP