Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave ★★★★½

“At last.”

A romance for the books. The match cuts that make you feel like you’re dreaming, the tension and chemistry between Park Hae-il and Tang Wei that permeates the air, the sound of breathing that takes your heart and stomps on it. 

If The Handmaiden was outrageous, Decision to Leave is more traditional, with a Hitchcockian way of editing, as well as writing. I was particularly fond of Song Seo-rae who might be one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters I’ve seen on film and was mesmerizingly played by Tang Wei. 

I’ll be thinking about that final shot for a while.

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