Burning is a 2018 South Korean psychological drama mystery film directed by Lee Chang-dong.

Official trailers

Thunderbird Releasing on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 released the trailer:
BURNING | Official UK Trailer - on DVD and BLURAY May 27.

Story intro

An aspiring young novelist, Lee Jong-su performs odd jobs in Paju. One day he runs into Shin Hae-mi, a childhood neighbor and classmate whom he does not remember at first. She tells him she had plastic surgery and is now attractive. Later, she tells him about her upcoming trip to Africa, and asks him to feed her cat, Boil, while she is away. Before Hae-mi's departure, Jong-su's father, a cattle farmer, got tangled in disagreeable legal affairs, and Jong-su had to return to the farm. Jong-su passes by Hae-mi's apartment, where he receives instructions about feeding the cat. Later, they have sex in Hae-mi's apartment. After Hae-mi departs, Jong-su dutifully feeds her cat - although he never sees it. He does, however, know that a cat is there because he finds feces in the cat's litter box. He also begins habitually masturbating in her apartment. One day Hae-mi calls, saying she had become stranded at Nairobi Airport for three days after a terror warning. When Jong-su comes to pick her up, she arrives with Ben, whom she met and bonded with during the crisis. The three go out for dinner, where Hae-mi recalls a sunset she witnessed during her travels. Moved by the memory, she cries and confesses that she wanted to disappear. Ben is well-off and confident, though it is never entirely clear what he does for a living. Jong-su, struggling to get by and taking care of his family farm while his father is in prison, envies Ben and his relationship with Hae-mi from afar. Hanging out at Jong-su's farm, Hae-mi recalls a childhood memory wherein Jong-su rescued her after she fell into a well near her home, which Jong-su does not remember. The trio smoke cannabis and Hae-mi dances topless. After Hae-mi has fallen asleep on the sofa, Ben confesses a strange hobby: Every two months, he burns an abandoned greenhouse. He notes that Jong-su's rural neighborhood is full of greenhouses. When asked when his next burning will take place, Ben claims it will be very soon and close to Jong-su's house. Jong-su tells Ben that he loves Hae-mi, but later berates Hae-mi for disrobing in front of other men. Hae-mi quietly gets into Ben's car and as they leave Jong-su tells Ben he will keep an eye on the greenhouses in his area.


Yoo Ah-in
Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun
Jeon Jong-seo
Shin Hae-mi
Kim Soo-Kyung
Choi Seung-ho
Lee Yong-seok
Moon Sung-keun
Min Bok-gi
Ban Hye-ra
Jong-su's mother
Lee Bong-ryun
Hae-mi's sister


Principal photography began on September 11, 2017.

The film Burning was scheduled to be released on May 16, 2018 (Cannes), on May 17, 2018 (South Korea), on August 29, 2018 (France), on October 26, 2018 (United States), on November 9, 2018 (Canada), on December 20, 2018 (Denmark), on January 10, 2019 (Switzerland), on February 1, 2019 (United Kingdom, Ireland), on April 18, 2019 (Australia) and on June 6, 2019 (Germany) by CGV Arthouse (South Korea), Well Go USA Entertainment (USA), CJ CGV, Baska Sinema, Clover Films, Golden Village Pictures, Interior13 Cine, Pandora Filmes, Polyfilm Verleih, Seven Films, TWIN, Alambique Destilaria de Ideias, Capelight Pictures, Diaphana Films, Film & TV House, Imagine, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Thunderbird Releasing and Vértigo.

The duration of the film is 148 minutes. The film grossed over.

External links

Official website: burning-movie.com

Wikipedia: Burning (film)

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