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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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Taglines:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pine House Film,NHK,Now Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first film directed by Lee Chang-dong in eight years, Burning was widely tipped by film critics and insiders to be an in competition entry at the upcoming 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 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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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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What am I Missing?
30 July 2018 | by stephen-635See all my reviews

Saw this at 2018 NZ Intl Film Festival unfortunately. I'm used to being disappointed on occasions by Festival movies, but I can usually at least see some positives, however not in this case. The pace of the "story" is glacial and the actors aren't challenged at all. It's as though the director just turned the camera on and kinda filmed what happened. In short, it's plain dull for a full 148 minutes. I'm aware that many critics don't agree with me - at all. Justin Chang of the LA Times gave it 100, "Burning is a character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller." While - bizarrely - Emily Yoshida of the New York Magazine observed: "There is so much fascinating, underplayed tension running through Burning - oddly, I found myself put in mind of Elon Musk stepping out with art-pop singer-songwriter Grimes at the Met Ball last week. I don't claim to know anything about the inner life of that relationship, but the perception of the rich vampirizing youth is incredibly compelling." I'll have whatever these guys are on before I see another Chang-dong Lee movie.


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