Missing Nine / 미씽나인 (2017) (Kdrama Review)

Missing_Nine-p1Title: Missing Nine
Revised romanization: Missingnain
Hangul: 미씽나인
Director: Ashbun
Writer: Han Jung-Hoon
Network: MBC
Genre: Mystery, thriller, melodrama
Episodes: 16 + 1 special
Broadcasting Dates: January 18 – March 9, 2017
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Source: watched online on www.dramafever.com

Synopsis: Nine artists and staff members of Legend Entertainment board a private plane to a concert. The plane crashes and all of them are stranded on an island without a link to civilization. Four months later, Ra Bong Hee emerges as the only survivor. What happened on that island? And why do some people never want that information to be made public? This is Ra Bong Hee’s survival story, and she may not live to tell it. —DramaFever

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– TRAILER –

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– CASTING –

Jung Kyung Ho as Seo Joon
Baek Jin Hee as Ra Bong Hee
Oh Jung Se as Jung Ki Joon
Choi Tae Joon as Choi Tae Ho
Lee Sun Bin as Ha Ji Ah
Park Chan Yul as Lee Yul
Kim Sang Ho as Hwang Jae Gook
Tae Hang Ho as Tae Ho Hang
Ryu Won as Yoon So Hee
Yang Dong Geun as Yoon Tae Young
Song Ok Sook as Jo Hee Kyung
Min Sung Wook as Investigator Oh
Kim Bup Rae as Jang Do Pal
Yun Je Wook as Shin Jae Hyun

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– MY REVIEW –

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This drama was an intense ride through and through! From start to finish, it kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know more. When they call it a “mystery spectacle” in the trailer, they are not joking! Everything was quite spectacular. The production team did not choose the “cheaper option” for anything regarding this drama. The panoramic shots were fantastic, the filming and editing, the costumes, the actors, the acting, the script, the settings, etc. etc. A lot of time and money and hard work was definitely put into the making of this drama.

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The lead characters Bong Hee and Joon were fun to watch together, even though Joon was a little hard to tolerate at times. And the main characters’ interactions with the other characters (especially the other missing people) were very interesting to see. I especially enjoyed the dialogues, as well as the switch between drama and comedy. I don’t usually watch super dramatic movies or TV shows because the real world is sad enough in some regards, and I really need my dose of “happy” in order to stay emotionally healthy, haha. But when I saw Missing Nine listed as a romantic comedy on Dramafever, I thought that I would give it a shot.

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And I was hooked from the very first episode! The manner in which the story was told, with the use of two timelines (the past timeline being conveyed through flashbacks) was really well done, and both plot lines were quite attention-grabbing. I also liked that a lot of the plot’s focus was on friendship, as well as independent people learning to work and survive together as a group, rather than romance being the main objective (yes, even though I’m a hopeless romantic!). There was really enough excitement, mystery, and comedy to keep me entertained without my needing that hefty dose of romance that I normally prefer.

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Whoever was in charge of casting also did an amazing job, as I could not imagine any of the characters being portrayed by any actors other than the ones which were chosen. They each played their part very very well, and I found myself caring for most of them quite a lot! There were times when I would be yelling at one, or more, of them to look a certain way, or check a certain thing, and I would become frustrated. But I would calm down once I told myself that that’s just part of the thriller genre. If everyone was all-knowing and just super intelligent, it would (first of all) be unrealistic, and second of all there would not be much of a plot!

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All in all, even though this drama was different from the kdramas I normally watch, I mostly have good things to say about it, and although I will not be re-watching it (or at least, not very soon), this is due to the fact that I know how it ends, rather than any lack of quality in the show itself. I definitely recommend this drama to those who are new to kdramas, as well as those who have been watching kdramas for a bit longer (like myself)!

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You can watch this drama too! Just click on the icon below to get redirected to the streaming site which I used, Dramafever:

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Episodes 1-2 can be viewed with a free account, but episodes 3-16 can currently only be viewed with a Premium account! Dramafever also has exclusive rights to Missing Nine right now, so other official streaming sites will not have it.

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NONE OF THE IMAGES ARE MADE OR OWNED BY ME. THANK YOU FOR READING MY KOREAN DRAMA (KDRAMA) REVIEW! DO YOU WATCH KDRAMAS, OR HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO? OR HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF THEM BEFORE? I’M CURIOUS! PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENT BELOW!

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