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Burning (2018)

Beoning (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 17 May 2018 (South Korea)
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Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Chang-dong Lee

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Jungmi Oh (screenplay by) (as Jung-mi Oh), Chang-dong Lee (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ah-in Yoo ... Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun ... Ben (as Yeun Sang-yeop)
Jong-seo Jun ... Shin Hae-mi
Soo-Kyung Kim ... Yeon-ju
Seung-ho Choi Seung-ho Choi ... Lee Yong-seok
Seong-kun Mun ... Lawyer
Bok-gi Min Bok-gi Min ... Judge
Soo-Jeong Lee Soo-Jeong Lee ... Prosecutor
Hye-ra Ban Hye-ra Ban ... Jong-su's Mom
Mi-Kyung Cha Mi-Kyung Cha ... Hae-mi's Mom
Bong-ryeon Lee Bong-ryeon Lee ... Hae-mi's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wonhyeong Jang Wonhyeong Jang ... Won-hyeong
Seok-Chan Jeon Seok-Chan Jeon ... Seok-chan
Joong-ok Lee Joong-ok Lee ... Patrolman
Ja-Yeon Ok Ja-Yeon Ok ... Ja-yeon
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Storyline

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Now Tell the Truth See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

17 May 2018 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Huam-dong, Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,130, 28 October 2018

Gross USA:

$718,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,566,962
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The loudspeaker broadcast that Jong-su hears at home is actually the sound that can be heard in Paju, which is near the DMZ and the filming location. However, it was difficult to record the actual broadcast, so the sound recorded by a North Korean defector was inserted into the film. The broadcast rang out in Paju during the filming, but it was turned off after the inter-Korean summit in April 2018. See more »

Quotes

Shin Hae-mi: Do you know Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Africa It is said that Bushmen have two types of hungry people. Hungry English is hunger, Little hungry and great hungry. Little hungry people are physically hungry, The great hungry is a person who is hungry for survival. Why do we live, What is the significance of living? People who are always looking for these answers. This kind of person is really hungry, They called the great hungry.
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Touch My Body
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Ok look
23 June 2019 | by mc1382See all my reviews

Burning is a film I should really like more than I do. The cinematography is gorgeous, the thematic content is subversive and the atmosphere is suffocating. Where I feel this film falters is the characters and pacing. The film introduces Lee Jong-Su who is sometimes compelling, sometimes wasted. The film throws you into his world and doesn't really give you context for his situation. This inherently isn't a bad thing but the things they do show don't make me intrigued to find out more about him. There are certain aspects that are interesting about him but the film doesn't expand upon it enough. It's not until the second half where he gets interesting. Although this is more to do with the turn of events rather than the character himself. I wanna stress that he did have good moments but for the majority of the film, he came off as messily written. The other characters such as Shin Hae-mi and Ben had similar problems. Hae-mi seems like an interesting character on paper but she feels kinda hollow and empty. She has some fantastic moments but those are sparse.

Early in the film when Jong-Su and Hae-mi meet in the apartment, an extended scene of intimacy is included which is fine and all but the film doesn't spend enough time with these characters to justify the long scene. The scene would've been way more cathartic if the film built up their relationship a bit more. This aspect of this relationship doesn't really come back later unless we count Ben into the equation. Ben is a conflicting character for me as he is the most enigmatic and interesting character in the film. The only thing is I wish the film made his character more engaging in the first half. He just comes off as this stereotypical rich boy who you don't really care for. In the second half, the film does a U-Turn on his character and this just came out of nowhere. That's my main issue here. A lot of what happens in the film feels like what the script wanted rather than an organic conflict coming from the characters. I hate to be one of those people but I really felt the pacing in this. The film is a slow burn but the film doesn't really justify this. It just feels slow for the sake of slow. 30-40 minutes could've been cut and it would've made the film much better.

I wanna end this by saying that I did admire a lot about this film. Particularly the themes and symbolism (especially in the second half) but I just feel if the characters and pacing were stronger then we would have a phenomenal film here. As it is, it just comes off as a bit of a mess.


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