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Burning (2018)

Beoning (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 17 May 2018 (South Korea)
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Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Chang-dong Lee

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Jungmi Oh (screenplay by), Chang-dong Lee (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Ah-In Yoo ... Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun ... Ben (as Yeun Sang-yeop)
Jong-seo Jun ... Shin Hae-mi
Soo-Kyung Kim ... Yeon-ju
Seung-ho Choi Seung-ho Choi ... Lee Yong-seok
Seong-kun Mun ... Lawyer
Bok-gi Min ... Judge
Soo-Jeong Lee Soo-Jeong Lee ... Prosecutor
Hye-ra Ban Hye-ra Ban ... Jong-su's Mom
Mi-Kyung Cha Mi-Kyung Cha ... Hae-mi's Mom
Bong-ryeon Lee ... Hae-mi's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wonhyeong Jang Wonhyeong Jang ... Won-hyeong
Seok-Chan Jeon Seok-Chan Jeon ... Seok-chan
Joong-ok Lee Joong-ok Lee ... Patrolman
Ja-Yeon Ok Ja-Yeon Ok ... Ja-yeon
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Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Now Tell the Truth See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Paju, the hometown of Jong-su, is famous for its fog. According to cinematographer Kyung-pyo Hong, there were many foggy scenes at dawn, but some were deleted because they came out so beautifully. Many of the scenes where Jong-su runs to search greenhouses at dawn were also deleted because the foggy landscapes were too beautifully shown. See more »

Quotes

Shin Hae-mi: Do you know Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Africa It is said that Bushmen have two types of hungry people. Hungry English is hunger, Little hungry and great hungry. Little hungry people are physically hungry, The great hungry is a person who is hungry for survival. Why do we live, What is the significance of living? People who are always looking for these answers. This kind of person is really hungry, They called the great hungry.
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References The Misfits (1961) See more »

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Générique
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music France
Played during the dance scene with a background of a sunset
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Enticing mystery drama from South Korea
8 September 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Burning" (2018 release from South Korea; 148 min.) brings the story of Jong-su. As the movie opens, he accidentally runs into Hae-mi, who he used to know back in the day when growing up in Paju (not far from the DMZ). They immediately hit it off. Hae-mi tells him that she is about to go on vacation to Africa, and would he mind taking care of her cat. Of course he agrees. When she returns from Africa and asks him to pick her up at the airport, he is very surprised to find out that she's not alone: Hae-mi has befriended Ben while in Africa... What is going on here exactly? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. Here he brings us a mystery-thriller, the likes of which I haven't seen in recent years. Due to the plot-heavy nature of the film, I can't say a whole lot more, just watch! The director brings us some interesting real life tidbits (at Jong-su's family home in Paju, the North Korean propaganda speakers are clearly audible). Of the three lead performers, I was only familiar with Steven Yeun (as Ben). Surely we will see more of newcomer (and beautiful) Jeon Jong-seo (as Hae-mi). Keeping in mind that this movie runs 2 1/2 hrs., the movie just flew by for me.

"Burning" premiered at this year's Cannes film festival to positive buzz. I will go on record already and predict this movie will be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Movie Oscar early next year. I happen to see this movie while on a family visit to Belgium. The early evening screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended so-so (about 10 people). The movie is slated for a limited US theatrical release in late October. If you are in the mood for an excellent foreign mystery-thriller, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (if you can), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion. For me, "Burning" is a WINNER all the way.


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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

17 May 2018 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Huam-dong, Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,130, 28 October 2018

Gross USA:

$718,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,576,345
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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