Burning

Burning

Blu-ray Disc - 2019 | Korean | Blu-ray version, widescreen version
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A South Korean man bumps into a former, but forgotten childhood classmate one day and he hits it off with the young woman. An immediate romantic tryst follows, but the young woman plans to leave for Africa in a few days. She asks her rediscovered friend to feed her cat while she is away. He does so and is eager for his new romantic interest to return. The situation quickly becomes complicated, however, when she returns from Africa with a mystery man who seems to be a dangerous trouble maker. Then when the young woman disappears, a disturbing situation unfolds.
Publisher: [Plano, Texas] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY B WORLD (KOREAN)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (148 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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video file,Blu-ray,region A,1080p high definition
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 이 창동
이 준동
오 정미
유 아인
전 종서
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biny
Sep 08, 2019

A literaturalized and philosophized film from Murakami Haruki and Lee Chang-Dong.

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2019

Directed, produced and co-written by Lee Chang-dong in 2018 based on the short story "Barn Burning" from "The Elephant Vanishes" by author Haruki Murakami (村上春樹), this South Korean mystery depicts the relations of an aspiring young novelist and a girl as well as her boyfriend.
The treatment of a main female character seems shallow since she serves as the worst kind of male-driven sexual fantasy.
I viewed this film because the film was made based on Murakami's short story, which is supposedly a fine work.
However, I find the script badly written.
Even a good director makes a good movie out of a bad script.

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rugolin
Jul 22, 2019

A very long and slow moving story about a love triangle between a poor kid,his beautiful but mysterious girlfriend and an engimatic and emotionless rich kid with no signs of employment. The story seems to center around stories and narratives that people make themselves believe but may or may not be true or exist in real life.The director goes out of his way to make as much as obsure as possible to force the audience to hammer out what the narrative might be on their own. Some viewers may get a lot out of doing this kind of intellectual exercise but others may find the story going nowhere with a conclusion that just comes out of nowhere. Definitely the most art housey film I have seen in a while.

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BlackDogX13
Jul 08, 2019

ive seen better film on teeth. i love Murakami, but dont go making a 2 & half hour flick out of a SHORT story .

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jw3574
Jul 02, 2019

Couldn't finish, too slow. Also too long. If you are going to have a slow movie, make it interesting and keep it under 2 hours. I lasted somewhere between 30 to 40 minutes, and frankly I really did not care about any of the characters.

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milirick
Jun 29, 2019

Didn’t realize until near the end that it was “glen” from Walking Dead anyway feels a bit like a student film not due to the filming which is good just the subject matter. It is a toss up between if this is a good angst filled commentary on youth, social class and relationships or just art house trash. Regardless it isn’t mainstream and something that will become a staple in University film classes.

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Punnoval
Jun 13, 2019

The latest item from Lee Chang-Dong is certainly much better than his sappy "Secret Sunshine". Lee manages to get a lot of suspense into this 2.5 hour study on class in Korea.

However, it would have been even better if it had fatalism instead of revenge. The ending should have been reversed in the style of the existentialist Dutch horror movie "The Vanishing".

Does anybody outside of University literature classes read Faulkner anymore? I found his over emphasis on symbolism (The Bear) to be rather dated. Would "Barn Burning" be much different?

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lukasevansherman
May 27, 2019

I like that "greatflicks" was surprised and disappointed that a South Korean movie had subtitles. Some viewers. . .This highly acclaimed, but hardly widely seen, film is directed by Lee Chang-dong and based on a Haruki Murakami story, which was inspired by Faulkner's classic "Barn Burning." An adrift Korean man, with an absent mother and an unstable father, runs into a high school friend. They hit it off, but when she returns from a trip she's with a mysterious, slightly menacing, wealthy guy, played by Steven Yuen of "The Walking Dead." As others have noted, it is slow and long, but it builds the tension and the complicated dynamics of the three leads. It's a great role for Yuen, as he is both charming and unsettling. And it does have a shock of an ending, which really brings the whole film together.

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Ephriam
May 21, 2019

The movie said it was one of the best films of the year. Do not believe it. I found the movie really slow and had a lot of boring parts. However, the ending had a nice twist to it. I honestly believe the movie could have been done a lot better if it had a different director. The actors was actually not that bad. Watch to find out for yourself.

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Annieoywong
May 12, 2019

The movie started as a romantic film, but later on it became a thriller with the disappearance of the girl. The story was rather slow and boring with an shocking ending.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

BASED ON THE SHORT STORY
BARN BURNING BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
(Excerpt from story: As I mentioned, when I first met her she told me she was studying mime. One night, we were out at a bar, and she showed me the Tangerine Peeling. As the name says, it involves peeling a tangerine. On her left was a bowl piled high with tangerines; on her right, a bowl for the peels. At least that was the idea...)
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It's me, Shin Hae-mi! I had plastic surgery. I got pretty, right?
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Your cat's name is Boil?
-Yes, Boil. I found him abandoned in the basement boiler room. He hides and doesn't come out if there's a stranger here. He has severe autism.
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This room faces North, so it's always chilly and dark. It gets sunlight only once a day. From over there. The sunlight hits the Seoul Tower window and bounces into my room. It's only for a brief moment. You have to be lucky to see it.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

Little Hunger is a person who is literally hungry. Great Hunger is a person who is hungry for the meaning of life.
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Recent figures prove the severity of our country's youth unemployment. It is growing at the fastest rate among OECD member countries.
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So, what kind of novel do you want to write?
-I'm not sure yet...
How about writing about your father? In my opinion, he's like a protagonist in a story. Look at his life! It's so turbulent! He was nuts back in the day. Aren't all protagonists nuts? He was number one in Paju High. Not for his grades, but for his pride. After he returned from working in the Middle East, I told him to buy an apartment building in Gangnam with the money he earned. I promised he wouldn't regret it. But he didn't, because of his pride. Instead, he returned to Paju and became a livestock farmer, and now he's broke and in jail.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

I joined the Sunset Tour on my way to the Kalahari Desert. It's a program that shows you the sunset of the desert. But it turned out to be a parking lot. There was nothing but trash tourists left behind. Everybody came with someone, but I was the only one by myself. I really felt all alone there. I wondered why I was even there, all alone. Then the sun started to set. The sun was setting beyond the endless sand-covered horizon. At first it was orange. Then it turned blood red. Then purple, then navy. It got darker and darker as the sunset disappeared, and my eyes suddenly welled up with tears. "I must be at the end of the world." That's what I thought. "I want to vanish just like that sunset." Dying is too scary, but... I wished I could disappear as if I had never existed.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

It's fascinating to see people cry.
-Fascinating?
Why? shed a single tear in my life. I suppose I did when I was really little, but I can't remember ever shedding a tear.
-That is fascinating. But you do feel sadness, don't you?
Maybe. I'm not sure. But since I've never shed a single tear, I'm not sure if it was real sadness that I felt.
-May I ask what you do for a living?
Well, I do this and that. You wouldn't understand even if I told you, but to put it simply, I play.
-You play?
Yes. Nowadays, there is no distinction between working and playing. May I ask who your favorite writer is?
-William Faulkner.
Oh, Faulkner. When I read his work, I feel like I'm reading about myself.
(Notes: William Faulkner, a major American twentieth-century author, wrote historical novels portraying the decline and decay of the upper crust of Southern society.)

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

How does he live like that at his age? Traveling abroad, driving a Porsche, listening to music while cooking pasta...
-I guess he's young and rich. He's the Great Gatsby.
What do you mean?
-Mysterious people who are young and rich but you don't know what they really do. There are so many Gatsbys in Korea.
Why do you think he's seeing you? Have you ever think about that?
-He said he likes people like me. He thinks I'm interesting.
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There's something in your heart. A stone. The stone is making you suffer. That's why you can't fully enjoy things. That's why you can't appreciate tasty food, or tell a guy you like that you like him. You need to remove the stone.
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Good to see you again, Jong-su. Hae-mi wanted to see you.
-No, Ben kept asking me to call you.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

I have a hobby of burning greenhouses. I choose an abandoned greenhouse and set it on fire.
-Once every two months?
I think that's the best pace for me.
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In Korea, there are tons of greenhouses. Useless, filthy, unpleasant-looking
greenhouses. It's like they're all waiting for me to burn them down. And as I watch them burn to the ground, I feel great joy. Then I feel... I feel a bass sound right here. A bass that rings to my very bone.
-And you judge whether or not they're useless?
I don't judge anything. I just accept it. I accept that they're waiting to be burnt down. It's like rain. Rain falls. The river overflows, causing a flood that sweeps people away. You think the rain judges anything? There is no right or wrong there, just the morals of nature. The morals of nature are like simultaneous existence.
-"Simultaneous existence"?
I'm here, and I'm there. I'm in Paju, and I'm in Banpo. I'm in Seoul, and I'm in Africa. Something like that. That kind of balance.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

Maybe you missed it because it was too close.
-I don't think so.
How strange. Sometimes you can't see things that are too close to you.
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It's difficult for women. They complain if you wear makeup, and complain if you don't. They complain if you wear revealing clothes, and complain if you dress casually. Have you heard of the saying, "There's no country for women"?
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Can you work nights and after hours?
- Yes, sir.
Where do you live, number two?
--Bucheon, sir.
How are you going to commute from Bucheon? It takes 2 hours.
--No problem, sir. I can...
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It's disappointing that my old house is gone. It used to be right over there. Now it's gone without a trace. And the well is gone too.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2019

You're too serious. It's no fun being serious. Enjoy yourself. You need to feel the bass right here. You need to feel it ring from your bones.
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You know how stores hand them out in the streets. but our duty-free store gives them out only if you buy expensive items. I tell them loud and clear, "Meiyou. No samples. Meiyou." But they just stand there and go, "You! You!" "You have them! Give them to me!"
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The Chinese are similar to the Americans. We think they're like us because of the Confucius culture.
-How are they similar?
They're both gigantic geographically.
-That's true.
They always place themselves at their center, whereas we're always conscious of others.
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If only I had been younger, I'd have sold my organs.
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She cried for hours down at the bottom of the well. Crying and looking up, just staring up at the round sky, waiting for someone to find her.

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