Little Forest is a 2018 South Korean drama film directed by Yim Soon-rye and based on a manga series of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi which was first published in 2002.
After failing to pass the national qualification exam to become a teacher, Hye-won (Kim Tae-ri) abandons her part-time job in Seoul to return to the small village where she was raised.
The story of a young woman who returns to her childhood home, in a traditional Korean village, after leaving for the big city in pursuit of what turned out to be an elusive dream. When she returns home, her mother isn't there - but her mother's "Little Forest", the many ways in which a single mother successfully made a home for her much loved child, unfurl with a long succession of lovingly sketched details involving mostly food preparation.
The unfurling moments are lightly but lovingly shared with two childhood friends, one of whom also abandoned their elusive dream of success in the big city (Seoul) and the other who is still pursuing the small-town equivalent of that elusive dream—without ever leaving home.
The film came in second place at the Korean box office on an opening day by attracting 131,337 audiences. During the first weekend, since the film was released at 832 screens, Little Forest drew 372,394 moviegoers accounting for 22.3 percent of the weekend's ticket sales. This accumulated to a total of 686,000 ticket sales at the end of the first five days.
By March 10, 2018, within 11 days since its premiere, the film was watched by more than 1 million moviegoers, with US$7.5 million in takings.
During the second weekend, the film was viewed by 262,953 audiences and fell to third place at the Korean box office.
Little Forest remained in third place at the Korean box office after three weekends, attracting 127,456 moviegoers during the weekend and increasing the total ticket sales to 1.35 million at the end of three weeks.
Throughout the fourth weekend, the film attracted 60,162 moviegoers and dropped to fourth place at the weekend box office