Park Chan-wook’s ‘decision to leave’ gets a standing ovation at Cannes

Park Chan-wook’s ‘decision to leave’ gets a standing ovation at Cannes

Welcome, Park Chan-wook. The South Korean author returned to Cannes six years after ‘The Handmaiden’ with his new crime thriller ‘Decision to Leave’ and received a standing ovation for five minutes.

Although the ovation matched the time spent celebrating “The Handmaiden”, the reception was decidedly more subdued. While the camera used by the festival, which normally shows the creative team’s graceful reaction after the film and helps keep the applause going, didn’t work, the response was silent even before the technical snafu.

“Decision to Leave” centers on a detective who falls in love with a mysterious widow who happens to be the prime suspect in his latest murder investigation. The synopsis has led many to refer to the film as Park’s “Basic Instinct”. The cast is led by Park Hae-il and escapist “Lust, Caution” Tang Wei. Supporting roles are played by Lee Jung-hyun, Go Kyung-pyo, and Park Yong-woo.

Park’s latest film, the lesbian erotic thriller ‘The Handmaiden,’ debuted at Cannes in 2016 to a five-minute standing ovation. The film competed for the Palme d’Or but went home empty-handed. Park’s other films include ‘Oldboy’, ‘Stoker’ and ‘Snowpiercer’. Along with “Shoplifters” Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda and his new film “Broker”, “Decision to Leave” is one of the two most prominent South Korean films in competition at Cannes 2022.

Ahead of this year’s festival, Mubi announced that it had acquired the distribution rights for “Decision to Leave” in several territories such as North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey and Turkey. India. The film will hit theaters in the US and UK with dates slated for Fall 2022, followed by an exclusive Mubi streaming release.

Park was previously at Cannes with “Oldboy” in 2003, “Thirst” in 2009 and “The Handmaiden” in 2016. Between “The Handmaiden” and “Decision to Leave”, he pivoted to television with the limited series “The Little Drummer”. Daughter.”

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