Burning ★★★★½

Burning is masterfully adapted and crafted by Lee Chang-dong from a Haruki Murakami short story. It tells the story of introverted, reserved young man in his twenties named Jongsu who divides his time between Seoul and his father’s farm in a rural town on the border of North and South Korea. Toward the beginning of the film, Jongsu becomes reacquainted with a childhood friend, Haemi, who he falls head-over-heals for. However, Haemi pretty much tosses Jong-su aside when she meets an independently wealthy man, named Ben, who seems generous and friendly, but who has something about him that is creapy, sinister, and not quite right. This film is a long, slow building mystery/thriller that leads to totally unpredictable places and explores powerful themes. The three leads in this film are excellent, especially the actress who plays Haemi. This is definitely one of 2018’s best films that I highly recommend.

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