Burning

South Korean psycho-thriller about the mysterious triangular relationship between the unemployed Jong-su, the leaping Hae-mi, and the privileged Ben.
Jong-su (Ah-in Yoo) has studied but is unemployed like so many South Korean boys of the same age. He looks after his father’s farm, who is once again in prison, and keeps afloat with occasional supplier jobs. One day he runs into his old classmate Hae-mi (Jong-seo Jeon) on the way. The two spend the day and surprisingly the night together.
Hae-mi has saved some money and is traveling to Africa a little later. In the meantime, Jong-su takes care of her cat, which he never sees. When Hae-mi returns, Jong-su is already waiting happily at the airport to pick her up. To her regret, she is not alone: ​​On her journey, she met Ben (Steven Yeun) and befriended the rich South Korean.
From then on, the three spend a lot of time together, meet in Ben’s apartment in the city or on Jong-sus farm. But one day, Hae-mi disappears without a trace. What happened to her? Did Ben do something to her? Jong-su is shadowing him and trying to figure out what happened.
After an eight-year break, Chang-dong Lee returns to the director’s chair. The basis of the film “Burning” is the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami. Much like the author, Lee ventures a real tightrope walk between reality and illusion. For example, it remains questionable whether Hae-mis cat actually exists, after all, Jong-su does not even see her in the tiny apartment. In another scene, Hae-mi shows a pantomime performance in which she eats a tangerine. This makes her so convincing that one might think she is actually peeling the fruit.
Busy is the intoxicating psycho-thriller with Steven Yeun in this role mainly from “The Walking Dead” in the role of the affluent and mysterious Ben, (apparent) object of desire Hae-mi is represented by newcomer Jong-seo Jeon and the Role of the little-privileged and longing for love and wealth Jong-su took over the well-known in South Korea young star Ah-in Yoo.
“Burning” premiered in May 2018 and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also submitted by South Korea for Best Foreign Language Film as a Contribution to the 2019 Academy Awards.

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