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Festival in Media
Section: Horizons
Country: South Korea 
Year: 2018


148 minutes/color



While jumping from job to job to support himself, Jong-su runs into Hae-mi, a childhood friend from his hometown. The two start to grow fond of each other, and Jong-su wonders if he has found someone he can maybe one day fall in love with. Hae-mi asks Jong-su to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa, but when he goes to pick her up at the airport in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised to see her with another man. Based on the short story Barn Burning by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Burning is lyrical, poetic, and mysterious.


Director: Chang-dong Lee

Screenplay: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee, Haruki Murakami

Cinematographer: Kyung-pyo Hong

Editing: Da-won Kim, Hyun Kim

Music: Mowg

Costume Design: Choong-yeon Lee   

Producer: Chang-dong Lee



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




Pine House Film, NHK,  Now Films

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Lee Chang-Dong

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. With "Oasis" (2002) Lee received countless awards, including the Special Director's Award at the Venice Film Festival.




1997 Green Fish

1999 Peppermint Candy

2002 Oasis

2007 Secret Sunshine

2010 Poetry

2018 Burning