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Back to basics

Director Yim Soon-rye wanted to make a film that would comfort an unhappy and stressed-out younger generation in South Korea’s competitive society

By Paige Lim  /  Contributing reporter

Yim says she wanted to show audiences that many of these dishes could be made at home from scratch, instead of being bought outside — she herself finally succeeded in making makgeolli while directing Little Forest.

“I tried three times before, but all my attempts failed. It’s very important to set the exact time, I was always a little too late and the wine would become fermented already, so it’s not that easy,” she adds.

Casting for the film was also a delicate process, especially when it came to the part of Hye-won. Yim offered the lead role to rising star Kim Tae-ri, who was fresh off her debut in Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed 2016 erotic thriller The Handmaiden.

“The story is very calm, and the main character has to be in every scene of the film. So I felt that the leading actress has to be really attractive, not in the superficial beauty sense, but in that she needs to have attractive screen presence,” Yim says.

Little Forest clearly resonated with its target audience of young viewers. The low-budget film was a surprise box-office success and has been watched by more than one million moviegoers since opening in domestic theaters in February.

“The plot is simple, there is no stress among the characters and the cooking scenes are things not possible in the frantic life of a metropolis,” Yim says.

“I think young people were drawn to this, and to the idea of dedicating their time to friends and friendship. They understood the message of this film.”

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