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Burning (Beoning) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.

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BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben, a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu.

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With Lee's exacting eye, the off-kilter tone and top-notch performances by an attractive young cast, it's not a waste of time.

November 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order.

November 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lee plays the actors off one another to create a compelling exploration of human nature.

November 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Burning" 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.

November 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie of shadows and light that gets at populist rage by way of incendiary metaphor.

November 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Lee's adaptation is at once elastically free, with many details changed, and loyal to Murakami's blend of the perplexing and the crystalline.

October 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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