Loosely based on Murakami Haruki’s short story “Barn Burning”, Burning is Chang-dong’s first feature film since Poetry from 2010. The story has been adapted to a South Korean setting and to Chang-dong’s poetic neo-noir film style. Burning has been screened at prestigious film festivals around the world including at Cannes as a part of their Official Competition. Selected as one of Sight & Sound’s best films of 2018.
Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby…
“These unnerving periods of dialogue-free exposition approach “Vertigo” in their poetic eeriness, and it’s some of Lee’s best filmmaking to date — as the narrative arrives at the culmination of Murakami’s story, it launches into unknown terrain.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire
“As adaptations go, this one is exceptionally smart.” – Tony Rayns, Sight & Sound