Missing You is probably the best Korean drama of 2013 that somehow fell short in the end for me. It started off to such a strong start in a way that was almost a brutal train wreck in just how intense a story it was. I’ve seen quite a few makjangs in my day, Korean dramas that have crazy plot twists that take you on a roller coaster ride into a land where you don’t know what’s going to happen next and yeah it’s messed up, but somehow it’s all ok.
The young actors played their characters so well in a situation that was so tense and traumatic and to make it so believable that I had freaking nightmares man! Kim So Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo are now two of my favorite young Korean thespians and I really look forward to seeing whatever they make in the future. What I was unfortunately less impressed with was the performances of their adult counterparts. Mickey Yoo Chun while he plays dramatic and dark roles well failed to capture me like he did in Rooftop Prince. Yoo Seung Ho’s performance captured me a bit more. I think in part because he’s still such a young actor and was giving it his all for his last performance before military. For a baby-faced actor he plays dark and sinister quite well. MMM..SMEXXY!!!
Who I’m really torn on in this drama though is Yoon Eun Hye. She’s probably my favorite Korean actress and I like her in practically every drama I’ve ever seen her in. That girl in my mind is a no fail – going to be a great drama. I know she gave this one her all – eff the girl ended up in the hospital and on set with IVs. Is it possible to give something more of an effort?!?! Honestly, she played the role well, but it was hard to watch her play the character. Be it the lighting, the makeup or her amazing acting abilities, she seemed aged, hardened and not like any vision of Yoon Eun Hye I’ve seen before. And so I’m torn. Do I respect her more for her talent or do I miss the old beautiful, glamorous Yoon Eun Hye that I admired?