Movie Review – Burning (2018)

Burning, 2018.

Directed by Chang-dong Lee.

Starring Ah-In Yoo, Jong-seo Jeon, and Steven Yeun.

Synopsis:

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.

Don’t let the monstrous running time steer you away from Burning, Chang-dong Lee’s latest meticulously crafted effort, that cleverly explores a wide variety of subjects ranging from the dark side of the male gaze, the double lives that people hide, societal class rankings, various incarnations of mental instability, and Korean political issues all wrapped up into a glacially paced thriller that, despite its snail-like crawl to its fireworks grand finale, always
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