Persona is a an anthology series containing 4 different parts. Each part directed by different directors tells separate stories starring IU as the lead.
"Love Set", directed by Lee Kyung Mi, follows an intense tennis match between IU and Doo Na. The stakes of the match are high for both women.
"Collector", directed by Im Pil Sung, tells the story of an alluring woman, Eun, who loves to seduce men and a man willing to do anything for her love.
"Kiss Burn", directed by Jeon Go Woon, depicts the many attempts at revenge made by two school girls, Han Na and Hye Bok, on Hye Bok's unreasonable father.
Shot in black and white, "Walking at Night", directed by Kim Jong Kwan, recounts the sorrowful story of two former lovers who go for a walk in the man's dream, reminiscing on their love and saying things they do not have the chance to in real life.
Cast & Credits
- IUIU | Eun | Han Na | Ji EunMain Role
- Bae Doo NaDoo Na (Love Set)Support Role
- Kim Tae HoonTae Hoon [IU's Father] (Love Set)Support Role
- Park Hae SooBaek Jeong U(Collector)Support Role
- Shim Dal GiHye Bok (Kiss Burn)Support Role
- Lee Sung WookJung Geun [Hye Bok's Father] (Kiss Burn)Support Role
1) Love Set - Two women get entangled in an intense battle of wills on the tennis court and try to pummel one another, but the stakes are higher than they realise.
Review: I don’t know if it was the plot in general or just my inability to comprehend the message being conveyed but the end left me kind of confused. I’m trying to find a deeper meaning but can’t seem to come to a conclusion. Perhaps there isn’t a deeper meaning behind the plot and what happened at the end, just happened. Other than that, the acting was great.
2) Collector - A befuddled man wants to know why a woman he’s seeing disappeared to go travelling with her male friends - but she demands a gesture of his true love.
Review: This was pretty creepy, a stark contrast to the previous one but I really enjoyed it. This might be my favourite out of all the short films. The plot was different and gripping, the acting was superb and IU is so pretty!
3) Kiss burn - As she listens to her friend’s tale about how the marks on her face are from making out with a guy, the two of them inadvertently cause a mishap.
Review: This one was more light hearted than the other two and even had me chuckling at the end.
4) Walking at Night - A man and a woman take an evening stroll together and ruminate about dreams and their various past moments spent together - as well as death.
Review: I enjoyed the noir style cinematography which added to the eeriness of the film. However, I found myself getting a bit bored halfway through. But the actors again did an amazing job.
Weird but okay since you'll experience some scintillating acting till the end!So basically, there are 4 different stories and the first two are damn too awkward, especially the first one which may prevent you from progressing further! But don't do it cuz the last two stories are quite good and I personally liked the 3rd one most.
My pick:- Kiss Burn (3rd) > Walking at Night (4th) > Collector (2nd) > Love Set (1st)...
Story-wise, you'll be disappointed most of the time since a lot has been left for the audience's imagination and these types of stories are not a piece of cake for all viewers but acting-wise. you'll enjoy some serious acting since the stories are quite dark and demand captivating acting.
I'm personally very happy about IU for choosing this series and portraying different types of emotions and expressions. "My Ajusshu" has literally boosted his acting career a lot and deserves a huge credit...Maybe, she started to believe in herself about acting, who knows!
Watching an Idol-Turn-Actress portraying complicated characters so well is definitely a huge plus point and proud moment for us, Uaenas...Long live, our queen and continue to bless us with your magic in the upcoming projects.