Decision To Leave

  • Tang Wei, Park Hae-Il
  • Park Chan-Wook
  • October 17th 2022
A detective investigating a man's death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing.

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Decision to Leave

Verdict: A masterful, surgical reinvention of detective voyeurism.

  • Tang Wei, Park Hae-Il
  • October 17th 2022
  • Park Chan-Wook

Decision to Leave is the 18th feature film from prestige Korean director Park Chan-wook.

Decision follows an insomniac detective Hae-Jun, who becomes transfixed by Seo-Rae, the alluring prime suspect of a cliff-side murder case.

It’s a visionary work of neo-noir that spotlights the obsessive-romantic undertones of the detective genre and mocks the conceit of mystery.

There is no whodunnit. To investigate is simply to know another. The protagonist knows our beautiful stranger is guilty, he just refuses to believe it.

It lays bare what noir investigation actually is, fanatical obsession, and it does it with sickening clarity.

As a director, Park is at his formalist peak. While many legacy directors are only becoming more self-indulgent this deep into their respective careers (Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Scorsese, Wright), Decision is refreshingly succinct, but no less stylish.

Park’s camera weaves through...

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