Decision to Leave Release Date: Tang Wei Stuns in Park Chan-wook’s Black-widow Noir?

The decision to Leave Release Date: Decision to Leave, the new film from famed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, has just been picked up for theatrical release in the United States and the United Kingdom by indie film streaming service Mubi.

The film will be released in theatres before being streamed exclusively on Mubi.

The decision to Leave will make its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May, followed by a June release in South Korean theatres.

When he falls for the lead suspect in his current murder investigation, Park's new mystery film follows a detective who begins to explore into a mystical world.

Tang Wei, Park Hae-il, Lee Jung-hyun, Go Kyung-pyo, and Park Yong-woo star in the film.

‘Decision to Break Up') is a mystery film directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Tang Wei and Park Hae-il that was released in South Korea in 2022.

‘Decision to Leave': Where To Watch

Mubi will be able to stream Decision to Leave. The release date has not yet been confirmed, but you can keep track of it on JustWatch.

Decision to Leave Release Date

Park and Jeong Seo-Kyong collaborated on the novel Decision to Leave. Jeong and Park have collaborated on multiple films, including Thirst, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, and The Handmaiden.

Moho Films, which has produced several of Park's past films, is producing Decision to Leave, which is presented by CJ ENM, the company behind Parasite.

Park is a legendary figure in the film industry, having co-written and directed the neo-noir action movie Oldboy, which was largely based on a Japanese manga of the same name.

At the time of its first release in 2003, Oldboy was a critical and financial triumph, and it has subsequently become a very influential piece of cinema.

The film was remade in the United States by Spike Lee, and it was released in 2013.

Park's Vengeance trilogy continues with Oldboy, which is preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Lady Vengeance.

Although the three films have similar themes, their stories are unrelated. The English-language picture Stoker, starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman, was also directed by Park.

Park also directed all six episodes of The Little Drummer Girl, a BBC espionage thriller starring Michael Shannon, Florence Pugh, and Alexander Skarsgard.

Park is currently working on a series adaptation of The Sympathizer, a 2015 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.

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Mubi is a film streaming service aimed mostly at cinephiles that provides high-quality foreign and indie films. Mubi has handled the distribution rights to the films Drive My Car, Benedetta, and The Worst Person in the World as a distributor.

‘Decision to Leave' Trailer

‘Decision to Leave' Plot

In the course of his diligent sleuthing, a detective investigating a man's death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife.

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In the course of his diligent sleuthing, a detective investigating a man's death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife.

‘Decision to Leave' Release Date

It Will be Released On May 23, 2022

Tang Wei Stuns in Park Chan-wook's Black-widow Noir

Park Chan-wook, the Korean director, was originally known for his gonzo retribution violence, but with the 2016 adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel The Handmaiden, he made a graceful transition to the finely crafted suspense thriller.

Decision to Leave Release Date

And it is in this spirit that he returns to Cannes with this superb black-widow noir romance, starring Chinese star Tang Wei, who outperforms her legendary performance in Ang Lee's 2007 spy thriller Lust; Caution.

She is effortlessly charismatic and (that overused term) mesmeric; sensual but guarded; strong and capable; intimidatingly intelligent but carrying an unspoken emotional wound.

And the intelligence and kinetic energy she brings to her connection with Park Hae-il, the film's main guy, is stunning.

The suspense and intrigue, the grandstanding emotional confrontations, the brilliant use of mobile phone technology (which so frequently stymies modern-day thrillers), the stunning set pieces, including a magnificent rooftop chase, and the deliciously manipulative narrative twists are all very Hitchcockian.

Decision to Leave Release Date

But the aesthetic isn't pastiche, which is how that concept normally comes about; this is the type of Hitchcockian film made by someone who hasn't seen a Hitchcock film before.

The backdrop is Busan, and a cop named Hae-Joon is dealing with an unsolved murder case involving two known hoodlum suspects, one of whom fights arrest and receives a terrible beating from Hae-Joon, who then carefully remarks that this person wasn't tough enough to be the villain he's looking for.

Hae-Joon is blissfully married to Jung-an (Lee Jung-Hyun), but he yearns for the smoke she won't allow him to smoke and suffers from insomnia, so he performs surveillance and stake-out assignments since he can't sleep otherwise.

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Then he's enthralled by a perplexing new case. A climber's smashed body was discovered at the base of a well-known climbing rock. Is he on the ground? Did he commit suicide? Is it possible that he was pushed?