It’s hard to think it’s been six years since Park Chan-most wook’s recent film, The Handmaiden, was released in theatres throughout the world. The guy behind Oldboy, Thirst, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Stoker surely knows how to create breathtakingly bright, confusing, and bold works, and the teaser for his next film, Decision to Leave, reveals he hasn’t lost his touch.
CJ Entertainment previewed the first official video from its highly anticipated cinematic return ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. It definitely looks like a new Park Chan-wook film – in all the good ways! There is suspense. Eroticism is present. There is both danger and death. And, if we know anything about the director, we know that this is only the beginning.
Decision to Leave follows a detective (Park Hae-il) as he investigates the death of a man who fell off a mountain. It also follows his developing relationship with the dead man’s enigmatic wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei), who complicates things when the detective’s personal and professional lives become entwined. “The closer you look, the harder you fall,” the movie’s tagline says. Things aren’t going to get much easier for our primary detective, who is dealing with significant emotional and psychological issues.
In a short but enticing preview, our primary characters query “Am I a pushover?” and “Am I that wicked?,” highlighting the upcoming film’s gorgeous images, abundant suspense, and scant language. Decision to Leave appears to be a good fit for the filmmaker’s illustrious history, however we’ll get a clearer idea of what to expect when the picture premieres at Cannes. A fresh new Park Chan-wook film will almost likely get a lot of attention, and one hopes that Decision to Leave will earn the same wonderful praise that his previous film did when it opened at the festival.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see the film for ourselves. Decision to Leave will be released theatrically and on Netflix in the fall, following its successful festival run. Though Park Chan-wook gained critical acclaim for his work directing AMC’s Little Drummer Girl a few years ago, it’s always a big deal when he releases a new film. We’ll surely be on the lookout in the coming months. There’s a lot we don’t know yet, which works to our advantage in this convoluted, frightening thriller.