(Part of the South Korean Summer challenge)
At the risk of sounding like a broken record–with the caveat of some mesmerising images and the acting performance from Jeon Jong-seo–there was not one element in this film that engaged me.
Couple some of the weakest characterization I've come across all year with an intentionally hazy plot (its 151 min. runtime did no favors in that regard) and the end-result was an emotionless viewing experience.
Burning made some attempts at alluring to greater metaphors and exploring themes such as those of toxic masculinity & social inequality, and I am sure if you looked hard enough, you will find some deeper resonance with this film. In my case, there was no enticement, which I attribute to the lack of pathos and interest I had towards the main character and events we followed.
I will continue with the rest of the director's filmography