It is considered the best short story on Netflix and is inspired by Murakami’s successful book

During years, Leonardo Dicaprio He was the eternal candidate at the Oscars. They had to pass more than two decades from his first nomination (1994) until he won the statuette in 2016 for The revenant (2015). The actor, who could compete for the award again next year with The Moon Killershas its counterpart in literature: Haruki Murakami. The Japanese writer, whose latest novel has not yet been translated into Spain, is continually in the running to win the Nobel Prize, although so far he has not received it.

What he can boast about writer of Tokyo Blues It is to have numerous adaptations of his works that are also great films. Many of the novels of the Kyoto novelist, winner this year of the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, have been to the big screen, some of them even winning an Academy Award. The prolific author is known especially for his books, although a very important part of his work, which has often served as inspiration for filmmakers, is the short stories.

The last story to be adapted was Drive My Car (2021), directed by a Ryusuke Hamaguchi which won the Oscar for best international film and which has presented its latest film at the Toronto Festival, which can also be seen in San Sebastián. But three years earlier, a short story by the best-known contemporary Japanese novelist was also made into a film, which is also one of the top rated korean movies of the last decade.

Synopsis of ‘Burning’ (2018)

In 2018, the director Lee Chang-Dong (Oasis2002 and Poetry2010) adapted one of the seventeen stories found within Murakami’s collection of short stories The elephant disappears. Specifically, it took Burn barns and turned 20 pages into a film of almost two and a half hours. Burning premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving excellent reviews. Now the movie can be enjoyed on Netflix.

Poster for ‘Burning’ (2018).

Jong-su is a young messenger who dreams of being a writer and who reunites with Haemi, a childhood friend and next to which he grew up in a rural area. After her unexpected coincidence, Haemi asks her friend to take care of her cat while she goes on a trip to Africa. Everything begins to become chaotic when she returns not alone from the continent, but with the mysterious Ben, a wealthy young man who has a strange hobby: burning an abandoned barn every two months. Once he arrives, jealousy and tension will begin to appear.

Cast of ‘Burning’ (2018)

He brings the protagonist Jong-su to life actor Yoo Ah-in, who years later would lead a Netflix project of his own, the film Seoul at full speed (2022). Actress Jeon Jong-seo, who also participated in another of the platform’s star South Korean projects (The paper house: Korea) is the one who plays Hae-mi, while Ben is played by the well-known Steve Yeun (The Walking Dead, Minari).

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

Completing the cast are Lee Bong-ryun, Kim Soo-kyung and Moon Sung-keun, among others. In addition to being directed by one of the leading Korean filmmakers, in the technical team of burning There are also renowned professionals, such as the director of photography Hong Kyung-pyo, that the following year he would be in charge of Parasites (2019).

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