Decision to Leave

A strange death in the mountains, a mysterious widow, and a detective slowly discovering unwanted emotions. Can one silence the past for the sake of love?

Heojil kyolshim
South Korea 2022
  • Czech
138 min.

Detective Hae-joon is investigating the death of a man who fell from a mountain under unclear circumstances. “I worry when he does not come back from the mountain, thinking he might have died at last,” the dead man’s widow Seo-rae says vaguely and with a strange detachment, which immediately makes her a suspect. But the thing that confuses Hae-joon more than this mysterious statement are his slowly awakening emotions… What to do when the shadow of a crime hangs over blossoming love? Should one silence the past for the sake of love? This stylish romance full of mysterious plot twists resists labeling as the South Korean master of the mystery thriller comes up with one great idea after another. A well-deserved best director winner at Cannes.

Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
Screenplay: Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook
Camera: Kim Ji-yong
Music: Cho Young-wuk
Editing: Kim Sang-bum
Design: Ryu Seong-hie
Production: Park Chan-wook, Daeseok Ko
Coproduction: Jisun Back
Actors: Tang Wei, Park Hae-il

Cannes Film Festival

2022 – Park Chan-wook (Best Director)