Park Chan-wook's 'Decision to Leave' Takes Cannes by Storm

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    May 25, 2022 12:58

    Director Park Chan-wook's latest film "Decision to Leave" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday to thunderous applause from a 2,300-strong audience.

    Only after an eight-minute standing ovation was Park able to grab the microphone and speak.

    "Thank you for watching such a long, boring and old-fashioned movie," he said.

    Park is an old Cannes favorite, winning the Grand Prix for "Oldboy" in 2004 and the Jury Prize for "Thirst" in 2009, while "The Handmaiden" was invited to the competition in 2016. In 2017, he served on the jury.

    "Decision to Leave" is also competing for the top prize this year.

    Park Chan-wook (center), Tang Wei (left) and Park Hae-il arrive for the screening of "Decision to Leave" at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Monday. /Yonhap

    Park's latest film seemed a gentler, less provocative work than previous films, which often stood out for their startling moments of violence. "It is not the kind of film that will make viewers leave in the middle of watching it. Some may think it is bland and less sensational than my previous movies," he told reporters a day earlier.

    He added, "People seem to expect intense sex scenes as the film was promoted as a love story for adults, so I decided to go the opposite way."

    Starring Park Hae-il and Chinese actress Tang Wei, the film revolves around a detective and the wife of the victim of a murder he investigates.

    The director wrote the script with Tang in mind. He said it was his first time deciding the cast without a finished script.

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