Boy meet girl, meets boy; nothing new there then. Or is there: what is going on underneath?
The South Korean film industry has become more and more important over the last few years, from the dramatic, almost horrific ‘Oldboy’ and ‘The Host’ to the beautiful and thought-provoking ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Poetry’. ‘Burning’ is the latest from the director of ‘Poetry’, so we are at the beautiful, thought-provoking end of the spectrum today.
Jongsu yearns to be a writer, but is looking after his father’s farm. When he runs into Haemi – an old school friend he has not seen for years – he falls hook, line and sinker for her wistful love of life. He agrees to take her to the airport and look after her cat while she is off adventuring in Africa, but when she returns, she has with her Ben, a rich man who’s job is “playing”. As the trio spend time together, Jongsu is more and more unsettled by Ben, but are his fears justified or is he just jealous?