Burning ★★★★½

Could also be titled “Slow-Burning” but that’s certainly no criticism on Lee Chang-dong’s masterful control of this highly intriguing mystery. It certainly demands patience as the layers within layers are meticulously revealed. If you afford it the time, however, you’ll find yourself embroiled in a Hitchcockian thriller where it’s very difficult to ascertain what is actually going on and whether the main characters are even who they say they are. The direction is flawless and the three principal characters are wonderfully performed by Ah-in Yoo, Jong-seo Jun and particularly, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun. I found myself captivated by this adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story and wondered if it had been scored by Angelo Badalamenti, how much would it resemble something that David Lynch would deliver.

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