JoinedDecember 1, 2019
Jun Ichikawa's adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story, Tony Takitani, grapples not only with the inexplicable compulsion to collect things, but also with a difficult situation that most all of us will have to face, collector or not: what do we do when the people we love, the ones who once imbued these material objects with meaning, are no longer with us? 
Burning hinges on the disappearance of a young woman, which suggests that the film should be classified as a mystery, the genre that most actively encourages viewers to interpret the evidence placed in front of them. But the ambiguity of human relationships—of what we see, of what we don’t see, and of what we choose to ignore—is the film’s biggest mystery.