Nam On-jo is a character in Netflix “All of Us Are Dead” who has experienced extreme grief following the death of her father and close friend Lee Cheong-san.
The director mentioned that he cast Park Ji-hoo in the role of Nam On-jo because he wanted to find someone who the audience could easily consider as a friend or daughter of theirs.
What kind of character was Nam On-jo in the original webtoon? Let’s compare the character differences between the drama and the original webtoon.
First, Nam On-jo cares less about romance in the webtoon.
In the original webtoon, Nam On-jo is described as a calm and mature person. She consistently helps friends survive the zombie crisis. Nam On-jo protects her friends by attacking an infected teacher who rushes into the broadcasting room. In addition, she even performs CPR for her friend Lee Cheong-san when he faints.
The memorable drama scene where Lee Cheong-san confesses to Nam On-jo and hands her a name tag also exists in the webtoon, but there isn’t much about love and romance for her in any other scenes.
In the drama, Nam On-jo shows the image of a girl looking for her first love. Nam On-jo follows her crush, Lee Su-hyeok, and wants to be pretty in front of him. Even during the zombie crisis, she is jealous of the relationship between Lee Su-hyeok and Choi Nam-ra.
Second, Nam On-jo is the narrator of the original webtoon, and she wrote the All of Us Are Dead story.
In the original webtoon, after Nam On-jo survives the zombie crisis, her friend Park Mi-jin brings her a notebook. The notebook is a diary that Oh Joon-young’s recorded about what happened in the school during the zombie crisis.
Based on what’s written in the notebook, Nam On-jo publishes a book about her experience at Hyosan High School. That book becomes a background story for “All of Us Are Dead.”
If you read the original webtoon, there are many monologues by Nam On-jo from time to time since the “All of Us Are Dead” story is written by her.
In the drama, on the other hand, Nam On-jo does not appear as a narrator, but she still plays a significant role in the drama.
Unlike in the webtoon where Nam-On Jo’s father does not appear at all, the director added Nam-On-jo’s father to the drama for a new storyline. According to the director, Nam On-jo’s father’s character was created as a firefighter in order to showcase Nam On-jo’s surviving ability. Nam On-jo appears to have learned many useful skills from her father to survive a zombie crisis.