Decision to Leave
Director: Park Chan-wook Run Time: 138 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: Korean
Starring: Go Kyung-pyo, Lee Jung-hyun, Park Hae-il, Park Yong-woo, Tang Wei
From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire.
Park Chan-wook is a South Korean filmmaker. He is a producer and director, known for Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016) and Thirst (2009). He decided to become a filmmaker after seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). “I can see why my films remind people of computer games, but I’ve never played one. Actually, I was approached by a Japanese designer of a PlayStation game called Metal Gear Solid. When I met him, I found that there was nothing really to talk about. But I was told that I was idolized in the world of computer games.” ~ Park Chan-work
“Decision to Leave fits perfectly within the director’s meticulously assembled canon. His twin obsessions are lust and caution – and with apologies to filmmaker Ang Lee, Park has mastered both of those fixations.”~ Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail
“Park’s ability at the movie’s end to balance closure for one character and indeterminacy for another may be the most striking thing in a quietly striking film.” ~ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
World Cinema, Drama