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8.1
/10
3,679 Ratings

Burning

버닝 | Buh-ning

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, 2018
Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi, a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood while delivering. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. Once back, she introduces Jong-su to Ben, a mysterious guy she met while away, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Burning Directed by Lee Chang-dong

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

2018 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best International Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Special Presentations

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2018 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

2018 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Foreign Language Film

2018 | 3rd place: Best Film

2018 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Jongsu doesn’t really understand Haemi’s interest in the ‘Great Hunger’, the Kalahari bushmen’s quest for meaning in life, but the way his resentment of Ben’s privilege and confidence evolves into paranoia and rage matches a global, inchoate anger, especially amongst the young.
January 31, 2019
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It’s a highly discomfiting, richly confounding take on the thriller, with wealthy, viciously indifferent maybe-villain Ben (Steven Yeun) as unsatisfying an object of prey as Jeon Jong-soo’s Haemi is as an object of romantic affection.
January 05, 2019
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Lee Chang-dong’s most alluring film depicts a gauzy youthful ardor that foments obsession and imbues an otherwise desultory aspiring writer with a sense of purpose.
January 02, 2019

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