Steven Yeun takes a leap into Korean cinema with ‘Burning’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Steven Yeun is best known for his role as Glenn on “The Walking Dead,” but audiences are going to get to see another side of him in the acclaimed Korean film “Burning.”

Now playing in limited release, the film is based on a short story by Haruki Murakami about young adults living in Korea whose lives are upended when Ben, a mysterious and Gatsby-like outsider enters the picture. Yeun plays Ben in the Korean-language film and says his own Americanness helped make his character seem even more alien.

“Burning” is director Lee Chang-dong’s first film in eight years and it could mark South Korea’s first Oscar nomination.

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