Hull Independent Cinema presents: BURNING
Chang-dong Lee | 2018 | South Korea | Cert 15 TBC | 148 mins | Korean with English subtitles
In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.
BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben, a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu.
Featuring Jong-seo Jeon, Steven Yeun, Ah-In Yoo
Awards and Reviews
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize – Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best International Film – Film Independent Spirit Awards
Stiges Film Festival, Toronto Intl Film Festival, Leeds Intl Film Festival Official Selections
“All three leads are sensational (Yeun turns yawns and soft laughter into nightmares), giving performances that retain a sense of mystery that dovetails with the movie’s ambiguity.” – The New York Times
“Is it a love triangle, a murder mystery or a comment on the human condition? Whatever you call this stunning, slow-build thriller from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, it sizzles with a cumulative power that will knock the wind out of you.” – Rolling Stone
BURNING is expected to be rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).
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