The Korean Film Council has chosen Park Chan-Decision wook’s to Leave to represent South Korea in the best foreign feature category at the 2023 Academy Awards.
The police detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) called to look into the enigmatic death of a man who fell from a mountain summit is the focus of the crime drama. Seo-rae (Tang Wei), the man’s widow and a suspect in the case, captures his attention as he conducts his inquiry.
The Korean auteur’s 2000 commercial triumph, Joint Security Area, was followed by the romantic thriller, which premiered in Cannes and won Chan-wook the best director award. The movie has already been selected by Mubi to open in theaters this fall in the US and the UK before streaming for the first time on its platform.
Decision to Leave stars Lee Jung-hyun, Park Yong-woo, Go Hyung-Pyo, and Kim Shin-young in an ensemble role. The executive producers are Kang Ho-sung and Miky Lee.
Decision to Leave was Park’s fourth Cannes competition victory, following The Handmaiden (2013), Thirst (2009), and Grand Prix winner Oldboy (2003). (2016). The Handmaiden, Thirst, and Park’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance were all produced by Moho Film, and CJ Entertainment is selling the movie internationally.
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