Decision to Leave
Park Hae-il, Tang Wei,
South Korean auteur Park continues his transformation from ace provocateur to mature master with this elegant Hitchcockian thriller about obsession and the mysteries of the human heart. Park Hae-il plays Hae-joon, a dedicated detective investigating the puzzling death of a man who fell from a mountain, and the deceased’s eerily enigmatic wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei), a prime suspect. The more time Hae-joon spends with the woman, the more he finds himself under her spell—but can she be trusted? The winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Decision to Leave sees director Park moving away from the graphic shocks of Oldboy and The Handmaiden while retaining his considerable skill at keeping an audience off-balance. Gorgeously shot and expertly crafted, it will pull you into a vortex from which, as Hae-joon learns, there is no escape.