South Korean cinema is phenomenal. And if you’re an aficionado familiar with Park Chan-wook’s work (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), you’ll know that Decision to Leave is going to be a must-see.
South Korea’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards, and winner of Cannes’ 2022 Best Director award, Decision to Leave reveals a detective and his prime suspect entangled in a web of secrecy, infatuation, and forbidden romance. When a businessman falls to his death from a mountain peak, detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) oscillates between ruling the death off as an accident, suicide, or murder. He soon meets the deceased’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei), and simultaneously begins suspecting her involvement while falling in lust.
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With magnificent art direction and an eerily electrifying orchestral backtrack, Decision to Leave promises to be a great watch for fans of Chan-wook’s work, and movie-goers who are ready to dip their toes into international cinema.
Decision to Leave premieres across theaters Oct. 14.