Decision to Leave dares to ask: what happens when an object of suspicion becomes a case of obsession?
Winner of Best Director at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden)
returns with a seductive romantic thriller that takes his renowned stylistic flair to dizzying new heights.
From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed?
When detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il, The Host) arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead
man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei, Lust, Caution) may know more than she initially lets on. But as he digs
deeper into the investigation, Hae-joon finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire, proving
that the darkest mysteries lurk inside the human heart.
With nods toward classic Hollywood and Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Decision To Leave is an essential
masterwork from the legendary Park Chan-wook, infused with elegance, ingenuity and a knife-edge
precision that truly cannot be matched.
As praised on MovieWeb, “Park Chan-wook is iconic enough by now that his name alone will automatically make a new film seem interesting. That’s the contagious skill of great directors — it hardly matters what story they tell or which actors they cast; so long as their name is attached, you know what to expect. The thought of a Park movie immediately connotes a hyper-stylized combination of gorgeous imagery and sudden brutality, elitist classical music and slapstick comedy, truly disturbing plots, and incredibly luscious, romanticized cinema. Decision to Leave isn’t any different.”