Ladies of the Forest
Elderly Soon-shim (Youn Yuh-jung) has somehow arrived from her distant planet, and here on earth searches for a mate. She meets a lonely young woman picking greens up in the hills. She, too, is in a mate-locating disposition. The two women rescue a deer from a lusty hunter, whereupon the deer rewards them by pointing them in the direction of a riverbank where two rather fleshy male ‘fairies’ disport themselves.
Kim Cho-hee’s delightful short film is a clever riff on the traditional tale of ‘The Fairy and the Woodcutter’. A woodcutter rescues a deer, the deer directs him to a pond where, having set aside their feathered robes, beautiful fairies enjoy a dip. He seizes a robe and thus captures a supernatural bride. Director Kim, a former producer for Hong Sangsoo, went on to make the award-winning Lucky Chan-sil (2019) with Youn in a rather more serious guise.