(Lee Chang-dong, 2018, South Korea, 148 min.)
By conservative estimates, South Korean master Lee Chang-dong has made his third masterpiece in a row with Burning, after 2007’s Secret Sunshine and 2010’s Poetry. Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami, here Lee extrapolates something of a lust triangle between the aspiring writer Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), the enigmatic and ethereal Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), and Haemi’s casually misanthropic new boyfriend Ben (Steven Yeun, of The Walking Dead and Sorry to Bother You). Burning, South Korea’s submission to the Academy for Best Foreign-Language Film, has something for everyone—those who love simply being told a great story, those who like challenging arthouse fare, those drawn to strong characterization and acting, ans those with an eye for technical achievements.
In Korean with English subtitles.
Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119