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Burning (2018)

Beoning (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Mystery | 9 November 2018 (USA)
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Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When ... See full summary »

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Chang-dong Lee

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Jungmi Oh (screenplay by) (as Jung-mi Oh), Chang-dong Lee (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ah-In Yoo ... Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun ... Ben (as Yeun Sang-yeop)
Jong-seo Jeon Jong-seo Jeon ... Shin Hae-mi
Soo-Kyung Kim Soo-Kyung Kim ... Yeon-ju
Seung-ho Choi Seung-ho Choi ... Lee Yong-seok
Seong-kun Mun ... Lawyer (as Sung-Keun Moon)
Bok-gi Min 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 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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Storyline

Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby. Written by anonymous

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Now Tell the Truth

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Huam-dong, Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,130, 28 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$300,125, 18 November 2018
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Pine House Film,NHK,Now Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The loudspeaker broadcast that Jong-su hears at home is actually the sound that can be heard in Paju, which is near the DMZ and the filming location. However, it was difficult to record the actual broadcast, so the sound recorded by a North Korean defector was inserted into the film. The broadcast rang out in Paju during the filming, but it was turned off after the inter-Korean summit in April 2018. See more »

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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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Touch My Body
Lyrics by Black Eyed Victory
Music by Black Eyed Victory
Performed by Sistar
Played during the opening scene
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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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