Netflix Persona Recap
Just A Hickey
Cast: IU, Shim Dal-Gi
Han-Na (IU) goes to her friend Hye-Bok’s (Shim Dal-Gi) house (situated near a forest) after she misses a few school days. When she arrived at her house she runs into Hye-Bok’s father. He tells her that she is not home and has gone to her uncle’s. Han-Na doesn’t believe him and keeps questioning him, he evades her questions and tells her to go away. Han-Na then hides in the bushes as she keeps watch on the house. She is also carrying all the necessary things required for a short time stakeout. When Hye-Bok’s father leaves for work Han-Na goes into the house looking for her friend. Han-Na finds Hye-Bok in her room with her cut weirdly. She then sees kiss marks (hickeys) on Hye-Bok’s neck which intrigues Han-Na. Hye-Bok reveals to Han-Na that she went to the beach last night and met some guy from another school. Then things became heated and both of them ended up having kiss marks on each other. When asked about her hair Hye-Bok reveals that her father got drunk and gave her a “hair cut.”
Revenge Is Not So Easy
They then go outside near the chicken coop as Han-Na asks more questions about the Hye-Bok’s adventure. Looks like our Han-Na doesn’t have much experience with the other gender of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (not a typo). As Han-Na smokes away her cigarette she plans to take revenge on Hye-Bok’s father basis on his hair cutting skills. They put some oil on the entrance and soap on the bathroom floor in the hope that the father slips. Their plan fails miserably but they don’t lose hope and put wax on the floor this time. But the result remains the same as the old guy doesn’t fall at all. In the night both teens smoke near the chicken coop as they plan their next move. Suddenly a vehicle arrives and they throw their cigarettes but it turns out to be a stranger who has lost his way. Hye-Bok’s cigarette butt starts a small fire in the chicken coop which girls are able to extinguish. Both girls decide to go to the beach to relieve their stress. Han-Na asks Hye-Bok about her father’s job which is forest fire lookout while a big forest fire starts behind the house.
Before I give my thoughts on the story I have a little issue with the first scene. In which IU is questioning /investigating her friend’s father. I just felt she seemed rude especially when we consider the culture where the age really matters when it comes to manners. It could just be me but he tolerated a lot longer without getting angry at her or telling her how to behave. If you Korean dramas or movies as much as me you will notice that whenever a younger person is talking rudely to someone older (even while using formal language) gets called out very soon. Do you guys felt this as well or I’m a just a weirdo?
Anyways talking about the story it was as ambiguous as the earlier ones. The message of the story (if it had one) in my opinion was that Smoking Kills. What about you guys, let me know your thought and opinions in the comments below.