Decision To Leave2022
Director: Park Chan-Wook
Cast: Tang Wei, Park Hae-il, Go Kyung-Pyo
138 Min. | OmeU
Winner of Best Director Palme d’Or at its 2022 World Premiere in Official Competition in Cannes, Park Chan-Wook’s latest offering is the Official 2023 Oscar Entry from South Korea. Park’s neo-noir crime romance follows the serpentine emotional journey of a young detective, played by Park Hae-il, investigating a man’s unusual death in the mountains. As Detective Hae-jun begins to immerse himself into his main passion of sleuthing, he encounters Seo-rae, the beautiful and mysterious widow of the murdered victim – portrayed by award winning actress Tang Wei. The deeper Hae-jun dives into the unpredictable, the more intricate and tangled he becomes in the surreptitious web surrounding the enigmatic case and the victim’s inscrutable widow. In this poignant and seductive thriller, elegantly lensed by Kim Ji-yong, each frame is masterfully painted on screen – marking a stunning first time collaboration between Ji-yong and Park Chan-Wook. The tension is palpable in this intricate film where the crime scene is forever tainted by bewitching Seo-rae, who is not only suddenly his main interest - but also his main suspect.