Burning ★★★★

A thriller filmed as a class drama. The words 'Korean thriller' conjure a certain kind of movie but this isn't that.

It's quaint but confident filmmaking.

Lee Chang-dong doesn't waste a single shot and every edit is precise, and that feeling that you're in good hands - the hands a brilliant filmmaker at the top of their game - is apparent from the opening shot, but I wasn't feeling this as much as I'd hoped.

It feels kind of thin and it was relatively tension-free. It's a movie full of ambiguity but I wish it was a little less binary. It presents you with a 'yes or no' scenario and leans heavily toward one end, undermining the other (although introducing more information may have just created more mystery for mystery sake).

Four stars because Steven Yeun fucking rocks.

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