6.9/10
968
5 user 20 critic

Little Forest (2018)

Liteul poreseuteu (original title)
A young woman grows tired of life in the city and returns to her hometown in the countryside.

Director:

Soon-rye Yim

Writers:

Seong-gu Hwang, Daisuke Igarashi (manga)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ichiko lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori
Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Mori
Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1987 Korea under an oppressive military regime, the unlawful interrogation and death of a college student ignite ordinary citizens to fight for the truth and bring about justice.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
Stars: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Hae-jin Yoo
Be with You (2018)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Woo Jin takes care of his son Ji Ho alone after his wife Soo A passed away. Before she passed away, she promised she would be back on a rainy day one year later. One year later, Soo A appears again, but she does not remember anything.

Director: Jang-Hoon Lee
Stars: Ji-seob So, Ye-jin Son, Yoo-ram Bae
I Can Speak (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film tells the story of an elderly woman (played by Na Moon Hee) who constantly files complaints with the local office about the wrongs that she sees around her each day. Along the way,... See full summary »

Director: Hyun-seok Kim
Stars: Moon-hee Na, Je-hoon Lee, Cheol-min Park
Miss Baek (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman's past as a convict follows her everywhere and because of this she doesn't open up to others. But then she strikes up a friendship with a broken child who has suffered from domestic... See full summary »

Director: Ji-won Lee
Stars: Ji-min Han, Suk-ho Jun, Hee-joon Lee
Believer III (2018)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A police detective determined to catch the unseen boss of Asia's biggest drug cartel joins hands with a revenge-thirsty member of the gang.

Director: Hae-Young Lee
Stars: Seung-won Cha, Jin-Woong Cho, Jun-yeol Ryu
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of the man who receives a wedding invitation from his first love that he met in high school.

Director: Seok-Geun Lee
Stars: Bo-Young Park, Young-kwang Kim, Jae-rim Song
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hak-soo has challenged TV audition program for 6 years but never gets into the finalist. On the day he fails his 7th audition, he receives a call from his hometown that his father is in the... See full summary »

Director: Joon-ik Lee
Stars: Go-eun Kim, Jung-min Park, Joon Go
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A criminal thriller about the fierce psychological confrontation between a detective and a killer who confessed to multiple murders.

Director: Tae-Gyoon Kim
Stars: Yoon-Seok Kim, Ji-Hoon Ju, Jin Heo
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A South Korean has a different person's body, changing every morning to a body "borrowed" for a day - man, woman, old, child and sometimes a foreigner. "He" works as furniture designer. He loves a girl. She loves him for the beauty inside.

Director: Jong-Yeol Baek
Stars: Hyo-Joo Han, Seo-Joon Park, Juri Ueno
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four friends meet for the first time in a long time play a game that reveals each other's secrets.

Director: J.Q. Lee
Stars: Hae-jin Yoo, Jin-Woong Cho, Seo-jin Lee
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tae-ri Kim ... Hye-won
So-Ri Moon ... Hye-won's Mother
Jun-yeol Ryu ... Jae-ha
Ki-joo Jin ... Eun-sook
Guk-Hyang Jeon Guk-Hyang Jeon ... Bok-suns aunt (as Guk-Hyang Jun)
Edit

Storyline

A young woman grows tired of life in the city and returns to her hometown in the countryside.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Forest See more »

Filming Locations:

North Gyeongsang, South Korea

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Improves on the original by humanizing the story ...
1 March 2019 | by ok_english_btSee all my reviews

For the uninitiated, Soon-rye Yim's 'Little Forest' is a remake the Japanese minimal-arthouse film of the same name. I must admit, I was pretty uninitiated, and watched this delightful Korean film first. I actually preferred it to the original, it's a much easier view, focussing on the character Hye-Won played by the excellent Tae-ri Kim and relations with her mother and friends. It's a different approach to the original, more mainstream and accessible. Rural life is at the heart of things, but doesn't always take centre-stage. So, while the Japanese film documents so much detail (weather, food, recipes, cultural events, nature etc.) you lose sight of the people, which may have been the intention. Both films have their merits, but I found this one enchanting. The support work of the other actors makes the story fun and engaging (Jun-yeol Ryu is quite heroic and funny in the role of local farmer Jae-ha, Hye-won's possible 'love interest', and Ki-joo Jin is excellent as the feisty no-nonsense best friend Eun-sook), and there's a nice arc at the end, so some 'matters' seem to be resolved (unlike in the Japanese film, will they make a 3rd version so we can find out what actually happened to the mother, for example?).

So my advice, watch the original 'Little Forest' but take plenty of supplies and climb the 'mountain' in stages (with both 2014's Summer-Autumn and 2015's Winter-Spring that's 4 hours of dense and detailed viewing). While you're making all the necessary preparations, sit back and enjoy this little charmer!


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed