Thursday, 13 March 2014

Review: Missing You

Missing You is a 21 episode, 2012 Korean drama series that aired on MBC, focusing on the trauma, struggles, love and friendship of a young couple. Drawn to this drama purely because of the heady combination of Yoon Eun Hye and Yoochun, I was completely gripped on the action from the get-go.

High school sweethearts Jung-woo and Soo-yeon were separated in a horrifying tragedy that continues to weigh down on them as adults. Now a guilt-ridden detective, Jung-woo has been desperately searching for Soo-yeon for years, but when he crosses paths with her again, she has already become someone else with a new identity.

I really enjoy throwback dramas that begin in one decade and swiftly move to another. In the first instance, I felt Missing You was extremely well cast, from the two leads down to their childhood doppelgangers. There's a great, timid yet believable chemistry between Soo-yeon and Jung-woo (Yoon Eun Hye and Yoochun respectively). The drama completely plays on the reunited childhood sweethearts plot with a heartbreaking, crime ridden twist that completely throws all elements of trust, love, luck and friendship out of bounds.

"Fourteen years later", Jung-woo is a detective intent on finding his first love whilst working on other cases, whilst kidnapped Soo-yeon is alive and semi-well, going by the name of Zoe Lou and harnessing her fashion empire as the brand's designer.

Missing You is action-packed from the beginning and the storyline sits at a good pace, only slowing down mid-end which I guess is atypical of these dramas. There aren't any annoying sub-plots, and any that are present are completely worthwhile to the end result.

Watch here: Missing You (2012).

Contributor: Michelle

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