Showing: Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 8pm
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Venue: Newcastle Community Cinema
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Runtime: 2hr 28min
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Engrossing, suspenseful & surreal – South Korean master Chang-dong Lee brings us “BURNING”; his first picture in 8 years, and it was certainly worth the wait. Ostensibly the tale of three main interwoven characters and their wary interactions with each other (romantic & otherwise), the film is a pin-sharp character study of these 3, and an occasionally uncomfortable exposé on desire, hunger, mistrust and other queasy human tenets. Jongsu, Haemi and Ben all encounter ultimately by chance, the first two having been at school together but not having clapped eyes on each other in years.
The way these people come together then tear themselves (and each other) apart here is both shocking and utterly relatable; a hyperreal film with a crowded, overbearing soundtrack that heaps confusion onto the twisty-turny narrative. Ultimately though, Lee’s film is a searing commentary on class in the 21st Century. A must-see, that will stay scuttling around in the back of your mind long after viewing.