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Plot: From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’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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“Decision to Leave is far from Park Chan-wook’s best works, but it’s still an intriguing, layered story about obsession and “forbidden love”.
It captures the viewer’s full attention during the engaging first part, where the central theme and the respective romance appear to be in sync. However, momentum is lost with the repetitive, lengthy second half in which the same narrative points are approached without the same impact.
Surprising humor provides a good balance, but it strangely ceases to be used after a certain point.”
When a man is found at the base of a mountain with his skull crushed, it looks like he slipped, or did he commit suicide, or was he pushed? Well it falls to detectives “Jang Hae-joon” (Park Hae-il) and his young sidekick “Soo-wan” (Go Kyung-Po) to get to the bottom of it. They are suspicious enough, but the only realistic suspect is his younger widow “Song Seo-rae” (Tang Wei) – but she has an alibi. She looks after ageing grannies and they swear that she is the milk of human kindness. Gradually, the older policeman begins to obsess a little about her. He stakes out her apartment at all hours, follows her – and she knows it too. Is she playing with him? Toying with him? Skip forwards a few years and he and his wife are in a market where they encounter “Seo-rae” and her brand new husband – a man on the run from folks he owes a great deal of money to. An embarrassed exchange follows before they leave, only for the officer to discover a few days later that there is a corpse in swimming pool and yep, it is that of her new husband. Is she a serial killer? Is she completely innocent? The inspector is convinced she is behind it, but he cannot prove it and his personal and increasingly destructive fascination with the woman, along with her own considerable skills at deception and manipulation lead us to a denouement that, well, certainly surprises. The acting here is strong, especially the young Tang We; there is some humour and we are also given a few clues, ourselves, as to just what might have happened – and whether or not she might be (or not) the perpetrator – there are red herrings a-plenty here. Jung Young Sook offers quite a charming contribution as the ageing and ostensibly corroborating granny “Hae-dong” too. The plot has loads of twists and turns, and essentially offers us two stories rolled into one. It’s quirkily entertaining – and we are never quite sure! I really enjoyed this.
Is it crime, is it romance ….. or is it both?
“Decision to leave” is a film with a very complicated plot, and I am not sure I really understand every twist of it. There is an alibi that doesn’t seem so waterproof after all when you consider the possibility of manipulating the cellphone of an old lady. There is a scene in which I was not sure if it portrayed (film)reality or just an hypothetical possibility the detective was thinking about.
The good news is I think that you don’t have to understand 100% of the plot to grasp the essence of the movie. The essence is that the film is a mixture of crime and romance, a detective falling in love with his suspect.
Director Park Chan Wook has made violent films (“Oldboy”, 2003) and sensual flms (“The handmaiden”, 2016). “Decision to leave” is both, but in a more subdued manner than in the rest of his oeuvre. In an early scene the detective and his suspect have had their first interrogation and at the end of it they seem more accustomed to each other than a couple after 15 years of marriage.
Detective Hea Jun (Park Hae Il) does not sleep well and so the association with “Insomnia” (1997, Erik Skjoldbjærg & 2002, Christopher Nolan) is quickly made. An association that becomes even stronger due to the foggy weather in some parts of the movie. Maybe some Dutch viewers (as the writer of this review) have also thought of “The 4th man” (1983, Paul Verhoeven) about a woman who’s husbands all mysteriously die. The difference is however that in “Decision to leave” the suspicion is there from the first moment on, while in “The 4th man” it only gradually arises.
“Decision to leave” is beautifully shot. I already mentioned the foggy weather, but also the interior scenes are sometimes beautifully framed. Apart from that there are some shots in which eyes are very prominent, indicating that this is not a movie about action but about see and be seen.
unexpected from Park Chan Wook
I love all of his movie before this, I dont know why, maybe this time he want to experimenting a bit. If this is not directed by him, it will be just another korean movie. But, because he is the director, audience try to make excuse, try to dig deep to make sure this is one of his masterpiece. Personally, for me, this is not. He try to do something different but cop fall for a suspect troupe is so cliche so nothing new. This movie seems so draggy, slow pacing and everything. Not the best work from him. And I have 80 more characters to write, since when IMDB have this rules? The ambience and background of this movie is cool.
Original Language ko
Runtime 2 hr 19 min (139 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Park Chan-wook
Writer Park Chan-wook, Seo-kyung Chung
Actors Park Hae-il, Tang Wei, Lee Jung-hyun
Country South Korea
Awards 9 wins & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini, Cooke Anamorphic/i, Gecko-Cam Genesis G35 Vintage 66, Zeiss Super Speed and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format CFast 2.0 ARRIRAW (3.4K)
Cinematographic Process /i Scope (anamorphic) (source format), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema, DCP Digital Cinema Package