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Decision to Leave

Director Park Chan-wook
Country South Korea
Year 2022
Rating PG
Running Time 138
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From The Booth

"Decision to Leave is an exceptional love story and a sublime noir thriller that invites the audience not to seek a culprit or a solution to the riddles proposed by the plot but to get lost in a mesmerizing tangle of tension, slow-burning desire and subtle emotions. The resulting experience is a personal and highly satisfying immersion in pure cinema.

"Everything starts with a fall. A man who was climbing a mountain is found dead, crashed on the ground. Tragedy? Suicide? Homicide? Handsome detective Hae-jun (Park Hae-il) investigates the mystery. He is a gentle man, happily married and devoted to his work, the youngest inspector in Busan, a city of unsolved cases where crime rides high.

"Making the case even smokier is Seo-rae (Tang Wei), the elusive, charismatic, and impossibly attractive Chinese wife of the deceased, whose charm creeps under Hae-jun’s skin. In ways he could have never envisioned, their broken conversations — deciphered through smartphone translations, her composed gestures, and mysterious allure — upset his life little by little, making him fall mentally and emotionally.

"Wei’s performance intrigues and captivates, her black-widow role seemingly tailored to her magnetic personality, shining in the splendid work of indisputable Korean master Park." - Giovanna Fulvi, TIFF2022.

In Korean and Chinese with subtitles.