Jong Su (Yoo Ah In) is a quiet introvert with a life full of sadness. His father has been charged with violent assault. His mother, who abandoned the family when Jong Su was still very young, occasionally returns – but only to ask him for money. And his once semi-rural neighborhood is in the process of being urbanized. One day, he runs into a long-lost childhood friend named Hae Mi (Jeon Jong Seo). The two get to talking and rekindle their friendship. This friendship then turns romantic, but it may not last long, as she tells him that she is heading off to Africa to travel. Jong Su hopes that they will stay in touch. But when she returns, she does so in the company of Ben (Steven Yeun), an affluent, Porsche-driving big-city type who appears to have won Hae Mi’s heart. However, Ben is a man of mystery, and one day confesses to Jong Su that he has a dangerous hobby: arson. He, and Hae Mi, then promptly disappear, leaving Jong Su eager to track them down – before Hae Mi’s passion for him quells, and Ben’s frightening pastime gets out of hand… This film was based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. “Burning” is a 2018 South Korean movie that was directed by Lee Chang Dong.