Burning trailer: The film catching fire at this year's Cannes
It has been 8 years since Lee Chang-dong's last effort, the beautifully touching Poetry, but the good news is he seems to have returned in great form with Burning, a film a number of critics at Cannes are predicting will win this year's Palme D'or (although Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum may have something to say about that). Chang-dong's new film is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami‘s (Norwegian Wood) 1992 New Yorker short story Barn Burning and you can take a look at the first trailer for Burning above.
Jongsu, a part-time worker, bumps into Haemi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Haemi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Haemi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jongsu. One day, Ben visits Jongsu’s with Haemi and confesses his own secret hobby.
Lee Chang-dong also wrote the script with regular co-writer Oh Jung-mi and the cast stars Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Yoo Ah-in.
Burning was released in South Korean cinemas yesterday but given the long lead times, it could be anywhere up to a year before it arrives in the UK, if at all.