Burning ★★★★★

If you thought 2018 is one of the best years in film, its because one of the best films is this gem from South Korea. This is only the second film I've seen from director Lee Chang-Dong and it might be his masterpiece. It's a true slow-burn that has you thinking from start to finish.

Every little detail matters since it starts out as a character study, then it goes into a mystery thriller that will keep you engaged. For a film that's 2 hours and 28 minutes long, I was into these characters and how director Lee builds them. Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-Seo, and Steven Yuen give excellent performances. Steven Yeun, in general, should've gotten at least an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. His character is probably the most compelling of the three.

This movie I know won't be for everyone. It's one that requires patience. If you stay patient throughout the long runtime, its worth it by the end. One of 2018's best films and an instant classic.

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