“The Best Movies of the Year: Seeing Things We Shouldn’t in ‘Decision to Leave'”

Andy Crump. Park Chan-wook. New movie. Didn’t cover on release; found a way to cover on the back end. So it goes. The sky is blue, the Earth is round, Republicans are dithering scumbags, the sun is hot, Crump watches Park films. These are basic facts of existence.

Decision to Leave is a monumental work from a monumental filmmaker whose work I’ve followed and, dare I say, championed since the early 2000s, when Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance introduced me to the world of South Korean cinema*. It’s also a mirror that shows us the dynamics of voyeurism and lurid material that’s intrinsic to Park’s films, but I don’t think I can make that sentence make sense without you reading the piece I did.

So go on over to Paste Magazine and have a look.

*Credit also to Shiri, which I don’t like as much but which I like quite a bit, and which is a big factor in my familiarizing myself in SK’s movie industry.

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