With “Oldboy” the South Korean director Park Chan-wook has delivered one of the greatest cult films ever. His new work “Decision To Leave” again promises first-class thriller cinema – and will soon celebrate its premiere in Cannes.
Even if you don’t know much about South Korean or Asian cinema in general: Almost everyone knows and loves “Oldboy”. Park Chan-wook’s iconic revenge thriller has a similar cult factor as “Fight Club” or “Trainspotting”. In addition, “Oldboy” was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 and should make Chan-wook one of the most exciting names in world cinema.
The filmmaker always lived up to the resulting expectations of him, delivering with “Lady Vengeance”, “I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK”, “Durst”, “Stoker”, or “Die Taschendiebin” one highlight after the other. Most recently, Park Chan-wook was responsible for the mini-series “The Dragonfly” with Florence Pugh, using a template by thriller expert John Le Carré.
With “Decision To Leave” Chan-wook now has a new film at the start – another thriller. And to finally close the circle: It will celebrate its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 17, 2022. As the first trailer already makes clear, Chan-wook can once again shine with his flair for visually stunning shots, which make the highly exciting and wacky story all the more impressive.
This is “Decision To Leave”
The thriller follows Detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) who investigates a murder in the mountains. But in the course of his investigative work, the events, which are as mysterious as they are crazy, become increasingly overwhelming. Not only does he fall in love with the main suspect (Tang Wei), the dead man’s widow. He also stumbles upon an underground fighting event where giant stuffed animals fight each other. And as if that weren’t enough, it seems that ghosts and shapeshifters are also involved in the case…
When and how “Decision To Leave” will find its way to Germany is not yet known. In the United States and Great Britain, the film will receive a theatrical release in autumn 2022, before being released exclusively on the art house streaming service Mubi, as in Ireland, India and Turkey. A foreseeable theatrical release should also be out of the question in this country.