The 2022 South Korean romantic mystery film, Decision to leave, received critical acclaim, with Gotham and BIFA Award nominations, as well as a nod for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. The film also earned the director Park Chan-wook recognition of the Best Director Award at Cannes. Now, after becoming available to stream exclusively on MUBI on December 9, the film will also have a physical release on DVD and Blu-ray on January 10, 2023, creating a wider audience for the South Korean feature film.
Featuring Hae-il Park (The host) and Tang Wei (Lust), Decision to leave tells a gripping story of love, desire and deception. The film follows Detective Hae-joon as he investigates Seo-rae, a woman he suspects of murdering her own husband. But while the wife provided a “strong alibi”, it remains unclear whether her husband’s sudden death from a mountaintop fall was an accident, suicide or murder. As Hae-joon investigates the case further, he becomes entangled “in a web of deception and desire.”
Park has made a variety of films that are sought after and highly discussed due to their moving nature, including The servant, The thirst, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeanceand the critically acclaimed 2003 neo-noir thriller Old boy. Known for making films that explore the darker side of cinema, Park has stayed true to his wheelhouse, with Decision to leave following in the footsteps of the relatively precise rhythm of his previous film. Decision to leave incorporates the psychological drama and suspense director Park is known for, seen in his Vengeance trilogy which includes Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old boy, and lady revenge. His Old boy even inspired the remake of the 2013 film of the same name, directed by Spike Lee. He also explored the American market with Driver and The little thresher girl. With a plethora of movies that offer electrifying and, at times, anxiety-inducing storytelling, it’s no surprise that another Park-directed film managed to deliver a rather uncomfortable but excellent feature.
Co-written by Jeong Seo-Gyeong, GameSpot’s Ross Bonaime describes Decision to leave like a film about varying perspectives and “how the world can be dramatically changed depending on your point of view.” The film also features Lee Jung Hyun (Peninsula), Park Yongwoo (spirit walker), Come on Kyung-pyo (Seven years of night)and Jung Yi Seo (Parasite). Decision to leave not only won Park the Best Director award, but the film also received a Palme d’Or nomination. In addition to its digital and Korean theatrical releases, Decision to leave was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Decision to leave will be available to stream exclusively on MUBI on December 9, and will also have a physical release on DVD and Blu-ray on January 10, 2023. You can watch the film’s trailer and read the official synopsis below.
“From a mountaintop in South Korea, a man collapses and dies. Did he jump or was he pushed? When Detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the deceased’s wife, Seo-rae. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire.”
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