Despite a recent string of international hits like Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” or Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” not to mention a rich cinematic tradition long before, South Korea has never produced a nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film. South Korean film fans are hoping that may change this year with the release of Lee Chang-don’s “Burning,” which was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. With the film’s official U.S. trailer, “Burning” gears up for a U.S. release on October 26 — a prime awards season spot.
In his A- review of the film out of Cannes, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called it “a haunting, beautiful tone poem.” According to the synopsis: “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.”
“Burning” features “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun as Ben, Yoo Ah-in as Jongsu, and Jeon Jong-seo as Haemi. The film is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning.”
Well Go USA will release “Burning” in U.S. theaters on October 26. Check out the trailer below.