Burning Review

Paranoia, moral ambiguity and jealousy take centre stage in Lee Chang-dong’s faultlessly-executed new film Burning. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami entitled Barn Burning, the film mixes drama and intrigue to tell one of the most thought-provoking and utterly devastating stories of the year so far. Starring South Korean star Ah-in Yoo and Korean-American actor Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Burning is set in modern day South Korea where old traditions and an ever-advancing consumerist culture live happily side by side.

Ah-in Yoo (Six Flying Dragon) is Jong-su, a young aspiring writer fresh out of university and still unsure of what he wants to do with his life. On a rare visit to the capital, Jong-su meets Hae-mi (Jong-seo Jun), an outgoing sales hostess who recognises him from their school days in the countryside. The two soon hit it off and Jong-su is invited to go back
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