Decision To Leave: a splendid return of a master director, Park Chan-wook
The movie genre is romantic mystery. A veteran movie actor, Park Hae-il stars as Jang Hae-jun and Tang Wei, a Chinese actress who is also very popular in Korea, stars as Song Seo-rae. The movie starts with the investigation of a man who fell to death on a mountain. Hae-jun was a detective who was in charge of this case and Seo-rae, the wife of the dead man. As Seo-rae was suspected of killing her husband, the two continued to meet under the pretext of an investigation.
Their feelings for each other were going too far and eventually they ended up committing something they shouldn’t have. Their marital status of having a spouse, language barriers, and their inappropriate relationship as a detective and a suspect have ironically brought them closer. However, they soon become an insurmountable barrier to each other.
The plot is not as stimulating as his previous film, The Handmaiden (2016), but it never allows the audience to relax and keeps tensions high. It makes them keep thinking about the progress of their relationship and wondering about the real culprit of the case.
The uniquely symbolic performances of the actors and the lines in the movie proved Park Chan-wook’s reputation as a master director once again. “Fog” is the main motif suggesting the theme of this movie. Fog is a climate phenomenon that often appears in Hae-jun’s town, Leepo (a virtual city), and it’s also the title of a song that continues to appear in the movie. Above all things, fog is symbolically representing Seo-rae and Hae-jun’s relationship. It also indicates the difficulties the two face. They cannot communicate smoothly without a translator.
The film is standing firmly at the top of the Korean movie box office. The movie has attracted 500,000 viewers just in its first week of release.
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