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Lee Chang-dong

Burning (버닝)

Director Lee Chang-dong Composer Mowg Cast Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
148' - 2018 - Mystery, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Korean, English
This exceptionally subtle character study is at once enigmatic, suspenseful, endearing and ambiguous. From éducation sentimentale, the film evolves into a metaphysical thriller around a complicated love triangle between two young men and a mysterious young woman.
Inspired by a short story by Haruki Murakami, Lee Chang-dong elevates a complicated love triangle between two young men and a young woman to an equally fascinating and elusive reflection on reality and romantic illusion, on love, lust and creation in modern Seoul. What at first seems like an éducation sentimentale evolves into a metaphysical thriller in which Lee rejects the codes of the genre. In a classic suspense film, the mystery is solved at the end. Here, the mystery is connected with an even greater mystery: that of life, and the world around us. Burning is a film that gets under your skin. It's also a lesson in mise-en-scène with which Lee Chang-dong proves his mastery and unique vision, definitively placing himself among the greats of Asian cinema.
"A beautifully crafted film loaded with glancing insights and observations into an understated triangular relationship, one rifle with subtle perceptions about class privilege, reverberating family legacies, creative confidence, self-invention, sexual jealousy, justice and revenge." - The Hollywood Reporter

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Lee Chang-dong




Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo

Director of Photography

Hong Kyung-pyo


Kim Da-won, Kim Hyun


Lee Chang-dong, Lee Joon-dong

Co producers

Ok Gwang-hee

Production studios

Pine House Film


Imagine Film Distribution

More info


Korean, English

Countries of production

South Korea, Japan




Lee Chang-dong
Green Fish (1997), Peppermint Candy(1999), Oasis (2002), Secret Sunshine (2007), Poetry (2010), Burning (2018), Heartbeat (2022)