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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderfully provocative thriller from S. Korea

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    Don’t be fooled by the sparse output of South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong, who has made only five films since his debut feature in 1997, “Green Fish", a gangster film influenced by Martin Scorsese’s "Mean Streets". Lee is a major artist, one of the world's great filmmakers, and his slim oeuvre is partially explained by his being a novelist as well as having a long involvement with political activism -- even serving as South Korea’s Minister of Culture and Tourism for a few years. One of the great directors of women (winning many international awards for his previous three films “Oasis”, "Secret Sunshine” and "Poetry" – all three having women as central characters), "Burning" is his sixth feature, and arguably his richest if most obtuse. This time a male is his main character (while the mystery of Woman and her effect on the male is arguably its underlying main subject). He is a rather timid, weak-willed part-time worker named Lee Jong-su who runs into a young woman from his early schooldays. She is named Shin, loves pantomime, and asks him to feed her cat while she takes a trip to Africa. She leaves, and he proceeds to feed her cat daily – but never sees it. (Is there really a cat?) When Shin returns she brings back a male friend she had just met, an overconfident young man named Ben (a Gatsby-type mystery man played distantly by Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead” fame), and then the drama begins: a sort-of psychological mystery that builds to a level of guessing what’s true and what's an illusion. Having already won 27 international film awards, this is a marvelous if perplexing film, with a long sequence of the three hanging out on a farm during an evocative twilight being the film’s great highlight (a scene that necessitated a month of shooting only a few minutes a day exactly at the ‘magic hour'). The conclusion of the film is tragic, and you’ll have to decide your own feelings about it, but this is a film worth seeing as well as requiring lots of time thinking about after.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

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    This Blu-Ray edition simply offers the movie in better clarity than DVD. That is the only advantage of this over the DVD Special Edition release, which was loaded with behind-the-scenes bits. I know a lot of people don't bother with home video disc extra features, and I usually only watch those once, but this does not even have a menu or chapters. Most Mill Creek Direct produced discs are cheaply produced, without proper menus and with poor packaging. Still, if this is priced really low and you want to watch the movie with better clarity, it serves that purpose.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An intriguing take of Haruki Murakami's short stor

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    Acclaimed Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong returns after an eight year hiatus with a unique psychological mystery film based on the short story: "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. Lee showcases a fascinating character study that at times becomes opaque to the viewer guessing where the plot involving a young man befriending an old friend who introduces him to a mysterious person. When his friend suddenly vanishes, he starts to believe that the mysterious person may have been involved. For viewers looking for a fresh take on the noir genre, this film won't disappoint as it comes highly recommend and a must-see!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    This film by Lee Chang-Dong was superb. The cinematography was fantastic and deserves to be seen in a theater. The selection of Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun and Jong-Seo Jun was fantastic. I applaud each one of them for their performance. I am glad to have added it to my collection.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Burning Blu-ray

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    Amazing independent mystery thriller, great writing and acting, beautifully filmed!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great great film

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

    i really don't want to say anything about this because it can spoil it a bit and plus i didnt finish it just yet but from the parts that i remember it was just awesome

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Burning

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    What can I say, there is a lot of Korean dramas that are so good, and hear is another one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A baffling love triangle

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    This Korean movie is set in and around Seoul, South Korea. The soundtrack is in Korean with English subtitles. Two young men, one very poor and the other very rich are bound together by a young woman committed to neither. The poor young man struggles to find himself and a relationship with the woman. This movie is a study of loneliness and studies it carefully.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An amazing slow burn

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    This movie is gorgeously shot, amazingly acted and very methodically played out. I love this slow burn of a film and I whole heartedly believe it is worth your time and money. Take a chance if you're on the fence about this movie, you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A deeply conceived, meditative story

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    Recommended by a friend, this Korean film packs a wallop of deeply fascinating characters and relationships while keeping the unnerving mystery of its secrets from those eager to spoiler. Go in unknowing and leave changed

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film

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    See this movie. The blu Ray doesn’t have to many bonus features but the film is a masterpiece. A beautiful meditation on alienation with fantastic performances by its cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Hot Movie

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    It’s nice to see Steven alive and making interesting movies. I was never sure if there was a competition between Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to see who could kill all the interesting characters first.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Cinematic Experience

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    One of the best films of the past decade - it’s writing is smart, visuals mesmerizing and very well acted. A great foreign film!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Steven Yuen

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    That'll teach you to play with FIRE, you don't always live to tell and you certainly don't go around murdering people. Karma comes and goes like the wind.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Artistic movie

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    This is movie to think about. It may not be fun movie for everybody.. I recommend this for people who like artistic movie.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece of "slow cinema"

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    Lee Chang-dong accomplishes the impossible with a mysterious adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story. Unmissable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

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    This movie has many layers. A totally though provoking movie. A movie that needs to be watched more than once.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

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    A very stunning and beautiful film... Leaves you burning to know more... Pun intended... Transcendent as well as poetic... Must watch

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting...

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    This is an interesting movie. I was expecting something different. Don't know what but it was a slow burn movie with a good playoff.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best movie of the year, IMO.

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    I highly recommend watching this film. This has a brilliant story and the performances are fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend