Decision To Leave (2022): A Heartbreaking Crime Drama

Decision to Leave movie is a heartbreaking crime drama from South Korea. With this latest film, the acclaimed writer and director Park Chan-wook has created one more gem of a movie that is haunting.

In his own unique way, the director Park has woven a complex romantic story in a crime drama. The original title of this film is ‘Heojil Gyeolsim’ (헤어질 결심) in Korean, which means ‘Decision to Break up or Leave’.

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- synopsis

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

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

The renowned film director Park Chan-wook 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. This movie has a gripping story, however, the unexpected ending might not work for some. Like me, we wish and prefer to see a happy ending, and sometimes the sad movies haunt me for a while.

Of late, I have discovered the world of Korean Cinema. And I have seen a bunch of good movies with unpredictable stories.

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.

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- details

GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Released June 2022
WritersPark Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung
DirectorPark Chan-wook
CastPark Hae-il, Tang Wei, Lee Jung-hyun
AwardsCannes Film Festival 2022 – Winner Best Director – Park Chan-wook
Grand Bell Awards, South Korea 2022 – Winner Grand Bell Award – Best Film
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Film – Decision to Leave
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Director – Park Chan-wook
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Actress – Tang Wei
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Actor – Park Hae-il
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Screenplay – Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung
Blue Dragon Awards 2022 – Winner – Best Music – Jo Yeong-wook
Asian Film Awards 2023 – Best Actress – Tang Wei
Asian Film Awards 2023 – Best Screenplay – Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook
About – Decision To Leave

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- poster

Decision To Leave – poster

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- ratings

FM’s rating3.90/5
IMDb rating as of the date7.30/10
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, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Decision To Leave film

Decision To Leave (2022) Movie:- trailer

Official Trailer – Decision To Leave film | YouTube.


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.


Focus:- inspiration for this movie & bonus info.

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 book series of detective stories is about the ageing police detective Martin Beck and the police team working at the Central Bureau of Investigation in Stockholm. “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.

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.

This Korean movie is an ode to its inspiration.

Before I conclude, this Korean movie was the official submission of South Korea for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 95th Academy Awards in 2023.

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

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