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Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When ... See full summary »

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Chang-dong Lee

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Jungmi Oh (screenplay by) (as Jung-mi Oh), Chang-dong Lee (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ah-In Yoo ... Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun ... Ben (as Yeun Sang-yeop)
Jong-seo Jeon Jong-seo Jeon ... Shin Hae-mi
Soo-Kyung Kim Soo-Kyung Kim ... Yeon-ju
Seung-ho Choi Seung-ho Choi ... Lee Yong-seok
Seong-kun Mun ... Lawyer (as Sung-Keun Moon)
Bok-gi Min Bok-gi Min ... Judge
Soo-Jeong Lee Soo-Jeong Lee ... Prosecutor
Hye-ra Ban Hye-ra Ban ... Jong-su's Mom
Mi-Kyung Cha Mi-Kyung Cha ... Hae-mi's Mom
Bong-ryeon Lee Bong-ryeon Lee ... Hae-mi's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wonhyeong Jang Wonhyeong Jang ... Won-hyeong
Seok-Chan Jeon Seok-Chan Jeon ... Seok-chan
Joong-ok Lee Joong-ok Lee ... Patrolman
Ja-Yeon Ok Ja-Yeon Ok ... Ja-yeon
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Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby. Written by anonymous

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Now Tell the Truth

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

11 October 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Huam-dong, Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Pine House Film,NHK,Now Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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In the press kit for Cannes Film Festival, the film was described as "a dance that seeks the meaning of life" by co-screenwriter Oh Jung Mi. See more »

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Shin Hae-mi: Do you know Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Africa It is said that Bushmen have two types of hungry people. Hungry English is hunger, Little hungry and great hungry. Little hungry people are physically hungry, The great hungry is a person who is hungry for survival. Why do we live, What is the significance of living? People who are always looking for these answers. This kind of person is really hungry, They called the great hungry.
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Touch My Body
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Burning Structures and Hearts
23 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Sometimes you cannot see the things that are right before your eyes. Happy, healthy and gorgeous, Hae-mi changed a lot since Jong-su last described her as "really ugly." He falls for her, hard. At first Hae-mi accepts Jong-su's advances, but when she returns from a trip to Africa she has a boyfriend in tow. The new man is rich, attentive and handsome, but he appears to look right through Hae-mi. Relegated to third wheel, Jong-su struggles with feelings of jealousy and insecurity. Imagination and reality blur at the point when Hae-mi suddenly and mysteriously vanishes.

There are many kinds of violence and this thriller will get your mind racing about the many possibilities and motivations for it. At the center of the story is someone prone to believe and trust too easily. Lee Chang-dong last made a film eight years ago, and since then he meditated on this one. All that time has done him good. I felt I was a part of each scene and turn of events, from the pulse of a disco to burning structures and hearts. The film is long, but full of depth, interesting themes, great acting and pulse quickening excitement. North American premiere seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


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