Quick-Thoughts: Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave


As you can imagine, Park Chan-wook going soft doesn’t exactly equate to a particularly happy-go-lucky narrative given what he’s known for. Sure, there aren’t people being bludgeoned to death with a hammer or even just steadily tortured with a paper cutter in Decisions to Leave, but the heartache that Chan-wook’s characters frequently accumulate to certainly simmers beneath every perverted act sparked between insomniac Detective Hae-joon and suspect Seo-rae. In classic noir fashion, Chan-wook follows our curious lead as he labors to decrypt the femme fatale, and in classic Chan-wook fashion, he engulfs our attention with eager visual splendor to support his unusual romantic affairs. 

Nobody leaves unless it’s to belong again. Hence, decisions.  

Verdict: B

2022 Ranked, Park Chan-wook Ranked

“Decisions to Leave” is now playing in select theaters.

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