Jack Draper’s review published on Letterboxd:
Burning is really never one mystery for Jong-su to solve, but multiple that continue to introduce themselves without ever really exiting the film. All these bizarre questions is what’s most intoxicating – never the possibility of coming to any concrete conclusions or what Dong would want to show you (because everything is so particular). It all starts with Boil the cat and if he really exists in the first place, wondering how the food can disappear and the shit can reappear in Hae-mi’s tiny apartment that would not be difficult to lose a cat in. If Boil was never real, then why did Hae-mi manipulate Jong-su to come to feed him while she’s in Africa? Forgetting all this, they may not even have known each other during their childhood, because she said she got surgery since Jong-su called her ugly, which is at least some explanation to why he doesn’t recognize her at first. To me, Boil is what catapults Hae-mi to ask Jong-su to pick her up from the airport and meet Ben, given Jong-su’s lack of confidence and obsession, he can then be easily fed information that may not be legitimate.