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Burning as rage. Burning as desire. Burning as destruction by fire. All three apply in this endlessly enigmatic film about a seeming love triangle between an aspiring writer, a quirky yet mysterious woman (this is a Murakami adaptation after all) and a Gatsby-like figure played by Steven Yuen – in a performance that announced he was ready for an Oscar nomination, which he promptly got in his next film “Minari”. Made by a much-revered Korean auteur whose filmmography includes the masterly “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry,” BURNING expands Murakami’s 10-page riddle of a story into a simmering epic of class rage that explodes into savagery toward the end, adding Murakamian touches – that did not exist in the original story – along the way: a missing cat, a dried-up well, references to Miles Davis and William Faulkner, a pasta dinner. BURNING (2018) (M18) New dates added: Golden Mile Tower | Sun 14 May, 7.30pm Picturehouse | Fri 26 May, 8pm Book your tickets on our website now BURNING is part of our MURAKAMI AT THE MOVIES program, which includes DRIVE MY CAR and the premiere of BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN

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