Decision To Leave (2022) Movie: Heart-breaking Drama

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Decision to Leave movie is a heart-breaking crime drama from South Korea. The acclaimed writer and director Park Chan-wook has created one more gem of a movie.

The original title of this film is ‘Heojil Gyeolsim’ (헤어질 결심) in Korean, which means ‘Decision to Break up or Leave’. In his unique way, the director Park has woven a complex romantic story into a crime drama. We found this film to be a memorable one, but we are afraid to admit that its ending is going to haunt us for a while now.

Synopsis [official] of the Decision To Leave (2022) Movie

From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When Detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-Il) arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Song Seo-Rae (Tang Wei). But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire.

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- ratings

FM’s rating3.90/5
IMDb rating as of the date94% Tomatometer & 86% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten Tomatoes If this film isn’t quite on the same level as Park Chan-wook’s masterpieces, this romantic thriller is still a remarkable achievement by any other metric.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Decision To Leave film

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- a brief review

The introduction

In this slow-burning romantic crime drama, a detective Jang Hae-Joon (Park Hae-Il) investigating a man’s death in the mountains meets the dead man’s mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing. And then the unpredictable and unexplained laws of attraction take place. From then onwards, their lives do not remain the same.

Seo-rae: The moment you said you loved me, your love is over. The moment your love ends, my love begins. (a dialougue from the film)

Inspiration for this movie

Park Chan-wook, the writer and director of this unforgettable movie has disclosed that he was inspired by the novel series ‘The Story of a Crime’ by Swedish authors Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. This detective book series is about the ageing police detective Martin Beck and the police team working at the Central Bureau of Investigation in Stockholm.

While watching this movie, you might come across the complete set of the Martin Beck book series, written by author couple Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, these books are visible on a table in a scene. “What will happen if Martin Beck fell in love with a murder suspect?” thought Park Chan-wook and it became a central theme of this movie.

The writer and director Park Chan-Wook wooed us

Park worked his magic to weave a love story in a crime drama, with memorable results. In the past, South Korean film director – Park Chan-wook’s movies – Oldboy (2003) and The Handmaiden (2016) have won critical acclaim across the world. Now, with this film, the renowned writer and film director Park Chan-wook wooed us with his enigmatic and mysterious work. His layered script, direction and music together hit it out of the park.

To conclude

Of late, we have discovered the world of Korean Cinema. And we have seen a bunch of good movies with unpredictable stories. And we loved many of those K-dramas.

Before we conclude, please note that it was the official submission of South Korea for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 95th Academy Awards in 2023.

No doubt, we loved some of the twists in its plotline. We found that it has a gripping story, however, the unexpected ending might not work for some. We wish and prefer to see a happy ending, and sometimes sad movies haunt us for a while. It is one of those remarkable movies, that stays with you for quite a while. It is not an easy film to forget.

One can watch this movie feted by the movie critics and their awards, at least one time. This Korean movie is an ode to its inspiration.

Poster of the Decision To Leave (2022) Movie

Decision To Leave – poster

Key Details of the Decision To Leave (2022) Movie

GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Original languageKorean
Released June 2022
WritersPark Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung
DirectorPark Chan-wook
CastPark Hae-Il (Jang Hae-Joon), Tang Wei (Song Seo-Rae), Lee Jung-Hyun (Jeong-Ahn), Go Kyung-Pyo (Soo-Wan), etc.
About – Decision To Leave (2022) Film

Trailer of the Decision To Leave (2022) Movie

Official Trailer – Decision To Leave (2022) Film | YouTube.

Awards won by the Decision To Leave (2022) Movie

Awards NamesAwards Winners
Cannes Film Festival 2022Best Director – Park Chan-wook – Winner
Grand Bell Awards, South Korea 2022Winner – Best Film
Blue Dragon Awards 2022Best Film – Decision to Leave – Winner
Winner – Best Director – Park Chan-wook
Best Actress – Tang Wei – Winner
Winner – Best Actor – Park Hae-il
Best Screenplay – Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung – Winner
Winner – Best Music – Jo Yeong-wook
Asian Film Awards 2023Best Actress – Tang Wei – Winner
Winner – Best Screenplay – Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook
Awards – Decision To Leave (2022) Film

Winner of Best Director at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) returns with a seductive romantic thriller that takes his renowned stylistic flair to dizzying new heights.


If you like watching good Korean Movies, then you should check out the Parasite film, too.

Featured & Other Images: Decision To Leave film | IMDb.

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