Decision to Leave, a romance thriller directed by Park Chan-wook, has been chosen by the Korean Film Council to represent South Korea in the category of the best international feature at the Academy Awards in 2023.
The crime drama revolves around the police detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), sent to investigate the mysterious death of a man who fell from a mountain summit. During his inquiry, he develops an interest in the suspect, the deceased man’s wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei).
Following the Korean filmmaker’s 2000 commercial triumph with Joint Security Area, the romantic thriller premiered at Cannes, where it garnered Chan-wook the award for best director. The film has already been chosen by Mubi to hit cinemas in the U.S. and U.K. this fall, followed by a streaming debut on its platform.
Decision to Leave‘s ensemble cast consists of Lee Jung-hyun, Go Hyung-Pyo, Park Yong-woo, and Kim Shin-young. Miky Lee and Kang Ho-sung serve as executive producers.
After winning the Grand Prix for Oldboy in 2003, Thirst in 2009, and The Handmaiden in 2014 with Decision to Leave, Park took home a total of four awards at the Cannes Film Festival (2016). The picture was produced by Moho Film, which is also responsible for producing Park’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst, and The Handmaiden. CJ Entertainment is in charge of distributing the film all over the world.