94% on Rotten Tomatoes
Based on Haruki Murakami’s short story Barn Burning
Burning is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead, Sorry to Bother You), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with.
When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
– Starring Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo
– Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
– Selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
"All three leads are sensational (Yeun turns yawns and soft laughter into nightmares), giving performances that retain a sense of mystery that dovetails with the movie's ambiguity."
"Is it a love triangle, a murder mystery or a comment on the human condition? ...it sizzles with a cumulative power that will knock the wind out of you."
"Keeps reminding us how little we can be sure of. Its mysteries extend through character, plot and the essence of fiction to the real world as we think we know it."