SEOUL: Director Park Chan-wook said he left thought-provoking elements from his previous films, such as ‘Oldboy’ (2003) and ‘The Handmaiden’ (2016), for his latest Cannes-winning film ‘Decision to Leave” in order to help audiences focus on the complex and subtle emotions of the characters, reports Yonhap News Agency.
“I haven’t been shy about literally using ‘peripheral nerve-stimulating expressions’ in my previous films. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do so, but I wanted them to be,” Park said. at a press conference in Seoul. to promote the new film.
“I wanted to make a different movie this time. Since it’s a story of people hiding their true emotions, I wanted the audience to become eager to approach these people, to peek into their minds, curious about know what they think.” he added.
Park then compared this kind of film to a song where subtle vocal expressions are required.
“Think of a situation where the drum and guitar sounds are too loud when a singer has to sing thinly and lightly. I thought I should lower the volume of such an accompaniment for this movie. I think that is what makes it different from my previous works, if any,” he said.
Tang Wei, the Chinese actress who stars in the film, added, “I don’t know if I can put it that way, but Park’s previous titles have strong tastes. If I say they had a strong taste of kimchi, this film would taste fresh, natural and sweet.”
“Decision to Leave” is a genre film about a detective who suspects a mysterious widow in a murder case and then falls in love with her after days of surveillance. It is Park’s first Korean-language film in six years after “The Handmaiden” and his fourth entry into competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Last Sunday, he won Best Director for New Feature at the 75th edition of the festival, making it his third prize at Cannes, after the Grand Prix for his thriller ‘Oldboy’ in 2003 and the Prix du Jury for the horror film ‘Thirst’. in 2009.