South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong made huge waves at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival with what was heralded as one of the best films in competition at the French film fest. Burning returns director Lee to the Croisette after an 8-year absence, but he’s back with a whopper. Star Yoo Ah In, as well as The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun in an eerily sinister performance that is sure to earn him awards buzz once the movie hits Stateside.
Until then, here’s the film’s first English trailer for you to check out:
Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, the film follows Jongsu, a part-time worker who 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 released his brilliant film, Poetry, which won the screenplay award when it competed in official competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In South Korea, Burning premiered in theaters on May 17, 2018, attracting 50 ,000 viewers in total, ranking second at the box office behind a little movie called Deadpool 2.
You can also check out the film’s poster below:
No one has picked up Burning for North American distribution as of yet, which isn’t great news for those of us who would love to check out this new Korean thriller but that should change later this year.