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PARK Chan-wook’s DECISION TO LEAVE Begins Shoot This Month
Oct 19, 2020
- Writerby Pierce Conran
TANG Wei and PARK Hae-il Headline Latest from Korean Maestro
Following his recent John LE CARRE adaptation The Little Drummer Girl for the BBC, master Korean filmmaker PARK Chan-wook is about to return to set for a new Korean project. Decision to Leave, which will be produced by PARK’s outfit Moho Film and financed and distributed by CJ Entertainment, will feature Chinese star TANG Wei alongside local names PARK Hae-il, LEE Jung-hyun, GO Kyoung-pyo and PARK Yong-woo. Filming is expected to begin later this month.
PARK will play the determined detective Hae-jun, who investigates a death in the mountains. During his search, he begins to suspect but also feels an attraction for the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei).
Director PARK co-wrote the script with his longtime collaborator CHUNG Seo-kyung, who previously worked on PARK’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), Thirst (2009) and The Handmaiden (2016), as well as The Truth Beneath (2016) and Believer (2018).
TANG Wei is most well-known internationally for her breakout role in Ang LEE’s Lust, Caution. Decision to Leave will be the star’s third Korean project, following Late Autumn (2011) and the currently in-production WONDERLAND (literal title), both helmed by her husband KIM Tae-yong.
Working with Director PARK for the first time, PARK Hae-il is known for BONG Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006) and recently appeared in the period drama The King’s Letters (2019). He is currently filming the naval epic Hansan (literal), in which he plays legendary admiral LEE Sun-shin.
LEE Jung-hyun, who previously appeared in Director PARK’s short Night Fishing (2011) and was seen in Peninsula this summer, will play Hae-jun’s wife. GO Kyoung-pyo (Seven Years of Night, 2018) will feature as a junior detective who admires Hae-jun but starts to have doubts about the way he is conducting the investigation, while PARK Yong-woo (Spiritwalker) will play Ho-shin, another man in Seo-rae’s life.