filled with glimpses of what could've been an otherwise artsy love movie, it failed to keep the mystery for long enough until it became predictable. however its predominant aesthetics make up for the lousy storytelling. Recommended but wouldn't award it at cannes –which did happen–.
Psychologically well written and with a slow - yet steady and always entertaining - pace that denotes the best kind of thrillers. And beneath this superficial portrayal of human sociopathy, there's a background made of broken people: why did they end up like this, what it implies, how this is hardly noticeable.
So did he really kill Korean Gatsby or was it already his prose/fiction? Not that prior to the final scene he is finally being born as a writer, his imagination blossoms and it is (already powdered at this stage) Hae-mi who gives him a h-job this time. *club-song title/link would be much appreciated
A slow burner at the very least; maybe requires a second viewing for comprehension or further speculation (that is, if you can stomach it). Seoul tower's reflection into the tiny apartment echoing Jong-soo's voyeurism is a nice detail. Otherwise, qualities of Murakami (manic pixie girl and cat, especially) overpower the filmmaking that I would say Burning is more effective as literature rather than a 2.5 hr film.
Dense, incandescent, flamboyant, Burning parvient à créer une atmosphère à nulle autre pareille sur les errances de la jeunesse coréenne, à la fois poisseuse et aérienne. Tout ce dont on semblait assuré finit peu à peu par tourner à l'illusion... Nous ne serons sûrs de rien. Pas même de la réalité des personnages que nous avons vu passer sous nos yeux. Intense et calme jusqu'à flirter avec la grâce.
A murder mystery without a murder. A ghost story without a ghost. A film where the images are a puzzle to be decoded, or you could just take it on face value. It's a maze. It's a laboratory. And if you don't get it at first don't worry, it's only Life imitating Art.. Something important has been removed from the story that you can't see. Something is on fire, maybe the whole world and the film, the film is Burning.
A complex and inscrutable film, whose lack of easy resolution has led to some negative Mubi reviews (finding only an empty thriller). A conflagration slowly grows between a rural battler, an aloof, contemptuous Gatsby and a beautiful fantasist who yearns to move on from country origins (on borrowed credit and time). Metaphor confronts reality in a brilliant study of status anxiety, desire and physical destruction.
3.5? I'd really have to see it again. There's a lot going on here, but I'm not sure it amounts to much. "Adapted from a Murakami Haruki story" is almost by definition doesn't-amount-to-much, but Lee tends to have more on his mind than Murakami, and I see that he's trying to analyze current Korean youth malaise a la L'avventura - but is closer on the artistic scale to Haneke's Hidden, a movie I don't much care for.