Burning (2018) - Drama, Mystery

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Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun
Length: 148 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 57 out of 134 found boring (42.53%)

One-line Reviews (156)

This was a torture.

For the bulk of the film you're just watching one man follow another man which is so completely contrived because the follower is driving an obvious farm utility vehicle and therefore completely conspicuous.

Very boring movie.

Overall experience: bit boring, intriguing, weird, not much to please the eye or ear, interesting storyling.

The way director Lee Chang-Dong made me experience Jongsu's powerlessness is riveting.

where nothing happens and critics fall all over themselves to rave about nothing happening.

If I could give 0 I would, it was boring AF and the ending is bad.

The narration is slow, during this time you can fully enjoy the visual component, excellent camera work.

This movie is overrated, pretentious, and nonsensical.

Lee has a fascinating ability to create a film with very complex themes while doing so with a minimal use of words.

The movie director want the movie to be deep , suspense but it took wrong turn and fall into boring slow Rhythm .

Boring Pretentious Claptrap .

What's the significance of North Korea being within sight of the main setting and their propaganda being in earshot?

Don't waste your time unless you like wasting 2.5 hours of your time.

For me the movie is just too slow, and has too little payoff.

The first act moves at a languid pace as we observe Jong-su's infectious reticence and Hae-mi's enthusiastic flamboyance.

So, for example, when Jong-su sees Ben yawning as Hae-mi is recreating a dance she learned in Kenya, the yawn becomes immensely sinister, because that's how Jong-su interprets it.

For people who say his character is boring, you would probably think I am boring too.

Too slow, unfinished, too long, all things that didn't satisfy me at all.

It's still slow, but a bit bitter and more exciting, and the movie does well in being subtle.

It should be called Boring .

At two-and-a-half hours with a slow pace, Lee allows a long of time for the suspense to rise, which he does well.

It's fascinating to a point, and I enjoyed its refusal to easily hand over its secrets to its audience.

It's not boring as such, but with its extremely long runtime it does generally feel slow paced and often runs the risk of being quite dull.

A slow, uneasy burn of a mysterious story .

Lot better than blood, guts, and predictable cheap thrillers.

The settings are very modest and the people dress and look very plain, but at the same time the lighting is incredibly dynamic and some shots are so intense with color that it might make some people tear up.

This movie is awfully boring.

When she returns, she seems to have a new boyfriend, Ben (Steven Yeun), a man a few years older, rich, driving a Porsche and entertaining a few caprices, some odd, some of these that only rich people can afford.

ok and predictable .

It's actually more confusing than infuriating.

My Rating : 0/10The most boring movie you'll see this year!

A large portion of the film is going for symbolism that is for the most part silly and pretentious, and occasionally outright stupid.

Really tired of the 1- and 2- star reviews from people who claim this movie is "boring" or "doesn't have a plot" - They're wrong.

Waste of time.

Just because it's long, slow, and has an incoherent ending does not make genius filmmaking.

In all honesty, the film breathes an atmosphere simalar to the books of Murakami, which in my opinion also tend to be more poetic and slow - certainly no page turners and neither is Burning.

Then, there is Hae-mi, another constituent of 99%, but burdened with a disadvantage of her sex, a girl who dwells on "small hunger"and "big hunger", hopelessly tries to compensate her material poverty with a lofty spiritual richness, her own misery emerges as a poignant criticism of a misogynous society (Jong-su's biting remark about her nude dance is a thrilling dagger into her heart) that only takes girls on the skin-deep value (Jong-su once remarked that she is ugly, according to Hae-mi, who owns up that her prettiness is totally artificial during their first encounter), which, if anything, is a tacit accomplice of pushing girls like her to the hands of the ilks like Ben, to have their personhood be obliterated without a trace.

Nice, but slow and long, so bring some coffee with you.

They are absolutely stunning.

I have to be honest here, at first I was like totally bored and didn't bother to watch much of the movie...

It is long, slow and imaginary.

And most importantly there is a slow burning mystery that really gets into your system.

There is something uniquely intriguing about this movie that just draws you in.

An amazingly graceful Korean story, exciting the viewer's attention and not letting go until the end.

Boring .

The ending may feel somewhat inevitable by the time it comes, but much like Jong-su's obsession, the longer you leave it and the more you mull it over, the more intriguing it gets.

Luckily though, the pure sense of mystery that surrounds the three core players (our protagonist included) and the film's world as a whole keeps things intriguing throughout.

But this story in 2018 is pure boredom, unless you are completely in love with this particular actor playing a limp dummy, or perhaps with the decorations, that are beautifully shot, I must say.

This fascinating film leaves us with many unanswered mysteries, such as: how many murders are there?

Fascinating and endlessly riveting .

The dialogue is razor-sharp (at least what I got from the subtitles), the acting natural and authentic, the cinematography stunning and the score superbly minimalistic and fitting.

Having the opportunity to ordeal the point-of-view of a main character situated like Lee Jong-su, enables this allocation of an intensive urgency for answers.

Intense mystery screenplay gives you Hitchcock experience.

Skillfully shooting the empty and anxious youth who are swaying between pride and inferiority in the desire to export.

This South Korean film is a stand out of the year and leaves you bewildered and wanting more, even though the film itself is quite long.


But what is fascinating me the most is the plot and the characters that populate it.

Slow burner .

Director Chang-dong Lee has a way of capturing the otherwise mundane and infusing it with substance and weight.

The cinematography was reasonably good, but it was undermined by shots that lasted far far too long and an excessive focus on background nature over the characters in the story.

Movie was so boring that i slept in between many times.

I think that the movie is worth watching more times in order to catch all the small details that you maybe missed when you watched first time.

This is a movie that for the first hour, you have no clue where it's going, and then suddenly hits a turning point that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There is nary a moment wasted throughout its long and breathtaking two and a half hours, that elevate its surreal source material to a rare kind of arthouse thriller, whose slow burning quality finally explodes in a cathartic and ultimately unavoidable ending.

If your thing is slow burn, psychological Korean drama don't miss this one.

The plot is uninteresting and resolves in the most predictable way.

Then it becomes more and more intriguing, exciting to such an extent that you do not want the film to end anymore.

Furthermore, the script is slow...

It's a slow burn, that's for sure.

His charm and seeming boredom at Hae-mi - the nature of their relationship unclear, as it is with his subsequent love interest - make Jong-su question what his exact motives are, fuelled by his story of burning greenhouses.

Its a slow burn, mystery that heightens and leaves a burning impression when the credits role.


I love crime fiction and it's why I saw this film, but it turned out to be just a generic Korean drama - people lead a dull life and an uneventful, unfruitful romantic life.

no plot at all and in the end, after watching the film, you are (I was) left thinking...

Good - interesting - too unwound to be thrilling .

Slowly paced & engrossing.

So different and thrilling story.

From scene one, the slow pill is the best medicine one can aspire for such a shady tale, and Lee's vision doesn't go off track, even for a split second in this more than two hours of marathon.

To slow Good camera work

Boring; misleading .

Slow and pointless .

This is utterly tedious.

What a bore .

All the real action here is in the context of broadcast propaganda; the MacGuffins are neglected glass houses in a context where houses matter, and may even (dimly) reference quantum realities.

In short, it's plain dull for a full 148 minutes.

The slowness of the first hour of the film, makes you wonder what is the goal?

While I was watching the film, I thought it was long and tedious and at one point I even thought of stopping to watch it altogether.

At two and a half hours, the film is perhaps too long especially as the first half begins to get dull at a certain point.

As the narrative progresses, however, and the core mystery of the piece arrives, things get a lot more intriguing and this intrigue lasts long after the haunting finale.

Definitely worth watching!

I wanted to like something - anything - about this movie but it was an astounding waste of time and poorly made in every way.

It's a slow, frustrating burn with strange characters and an oddly poetic storyline.

The film is an intentional slow build and is beautiful to look at and presents with a profound nature.

More realistic than expected from a Murakami adaptation, with intense scenes, good music and mysterious characters.

Nothing happens at all.

The script, based on a short story (that appeared in The New Yorker) by Haruki Murakami (equally boring), is beyond what I would call weak, and the only consolation when it was all said and done, for me, was that I didn't pay to see it!!!

Definitely worth watching.

Dragged out, so many pointless moments, mute star, a film trying to be cool!

Visually, intellectually & emotionally engaging.

He is ineffectual and uninteresting for the entire runtime.

Wish I had requested it from Netflix, so I could have stopped it after an hour of boredom.

Burning is a slow burn, especially during development scenes.

It is confusing for introvert Jongsu to deal with his lust for her and to figure out Ben's complex motives.

Slow, pointless, boring .

A complete waste of time .

On a positive side the acting by the leads are very good specially Steven Yuen and the main story is intriguing.

With his stunning portrayal, and the substance of his characters that is most attracting than any others, his ideologies speaks much more than one anticipates.

Just a dull, boring and slow korean movie.

We were all the more curious as to what Lee could distill from this intriguing short story.

slow, slow burn but worth the wait .

There are people I heard saying that this film's first half is really boring, it should be cut half.

From the shadow of a lighthouse to a cow, from well crafted rumors to a cat, it is a buoyant absorbing tale that tests you intellectually and spiritually.

So slow so boring .

The actors did a good believable job, but the story is just too slow, unfinished and unexplained.

Burning's unique aspect is that it embodies the mundane life of its characters and uses it as means of conveying metaphors, a defining term for Burning's formula is, as I would describe it, "surrealistic romanticism".

Slow paced, understated, it's the kind of film that can create tension in simple moments like silence, watching, following.

Intriguing .

Burning is an engrossing tale of the unravelling of a rational and innocent mind by sheer desire, rich with characterisations and themes.

I found this to be perhaps the most suspenseful film of the year so far.

This mesmerizing character study kicks off with an unexpected encounter between protagonist Lee Jong-su, a quiet, restrained young man who tends to his father's property - located near the border with North Korea, one of the many ways in which the narrative conveys its unique sense of unease - while he battles in court over his alarming anger issues, and Shin Hae-mi, a wide-eyed, lonely girl with an unsettling penchant for pantomime, who finds herself lost, in a perennial journey to find purpose - or the Great Hunger, as she tells an amused Jong-su.

There is no suspense ,no story, no plot and nothing which will grab you to see the movie from my point of view...

This movie was slow and extremely boring.

I was ready to go full neanderthal with a rage filled review saying it was a complete waste of time, too long, and nothing happens.

boring .

While it is objectively true that Burning is a slow burn through and through, it is undeniable that the film never feels boring and it provides you with beautiful cinematography, a wonderful score, and a terrific build up that leads to a heartbreaking conclusion.

Don't waste your precious time...

The production is meticulously artful - ponder over how Jong-su's home is a stone's throw from the border of both Koreas and how propaganda is blaring every other hour, and ravel in the beautiful light of the sunset as Ben shares his unusual hobby.

It is a beautiful character study of a lonely young woman craving meaning and purpose in life, a cinematically unconventional young man who feels inadequate to fight against class distinction and social prejudice, and an enigmatic, bored, Gatsby-like yuppie.

But it's also very slow and languorous, almost too much so, and it ultimately feels like the pay off isn't quite worth the time invested.

The director brings us some interesting real life tidbits (at Jong-su's family home in Paju, the North Korean propaganda speakers are clearly audible).

On the way we are treated with very entertaining and artistic 'distractions' and at the conclusion of this epic and ''phantasystic' journey.

The three characters in this are so well acted and feel as real as can be, along with stunning Cinematography and a landscape that turns just as cold as the story does.

Slow Burn that Will Finally Ignite in the Final Act .

The pace is extremely slow, and there are very few dialogues.

Too slow,,,,and Boring .

For him, the world around him is mysterious, confusing, depressing, and outraging.

The dude is a total redneck, mouth half opened, slow and stupid.

Here, where Jongsu maintains his father's livestock farm while his dad faces trial for a violent outburst against a state official, state propaganda can be heard through blaring loudspeakers.

The lead actress spends all her time in the movie falling asleep in restaurants.

Very slow and nothing interesting.

Please, don't waste your time.

Anyway, I love slow burning movies and I enjoyed this one.

Slow burn.

Many scenes are purely self-indulgent--conversations that go on and on and say nothing worth hearing.

As an unexpected guy (Ben) interrupts between Jong-su and Hae-mi, and starts to approach Hae-mi with his wealth, Jong-su's hidden wrath toward outside world become more confused, desperately tries to find out what he can get existentialistic understandings.

The film isn't for a wide audience, lasts 2 and a half hours, it goes slowly and asks a lot of questions.

Too slow, and way too little payoff .

It's pretty long and kind of boring.

Or at least find the movie very confusing, vague, and dull.

is the only explanation for the initial rave reviews for this dull wannabe-artsy gen-z film, with very little substance whatsoever.

A boring film with crappy acting.

This character is soooo damn dull!

The independent film seems to be divided into 2 parts: the first tells the story of a love triangle, and the second goes to a fascinating detective thriller.

Here's what I thinkThe main character was autisticThe guy with the Porsche was who he wanted to be (Tyler Durden esq)The girl was a metaphor for his loneliness and inability to connectThe ending only happened in his headThe greenhouse was also a metaphor for lost opportunitiesIt was so slow and boring.

The only thrilling thing about it was when the titles rolled.