Lazy Unnie’s Couch: The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

Welcome to my couch! This is where you’ll see what has me glued to it and what’s caught my attention. Basically I’ll just be swooning over or booing dramas and your occasional movies.


The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

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A TV series centered around the unfolding relationship between free and unpredictable yet dangerous Kim Moo Young, who is called a “monster”. He is the first assistant in a Korean beer brewery who becomes a suspect when a woman’s suicide turns out to be murder. His life begins to change when he meets a kind, warm advertising designer named Yoo Jin Kang, who wishes to be Moo Young’s safe haven. She bears as many emotional scars as him. Yoo Jin Kang also has a brother, a homicide detective named Yoo Jin Gook, with 27 years of job experience. He strives to “reveal” who Moo Young really is and attempts to keep his sister, Jin Kang, away from Moo Young, with whom she begins to know. This is a remake on a Japaneses series called Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi.
(Source: AJ at MyDramaList)

I’m not sure since I started watching K-Dramas, that I’ve actually watched something that seemed so serious. But I needed a change from the regular Rom-Com that I tend to go to. My hopes were very high for this because I had watched Jung So Min in Because This Is My First Life, and I loved loved loved that! And then you have Seo In Guk, who I couldn’t help but fall in love with in Reply 1997. And Park Sung Woong really had me anticipating the series in the same way you’re excited to see your favorite film actor on the small screen.

What begins in mystery, with a woman’s questionable suicide, turns quickly into thriller as Yoo Jin Gook (Park Sung Woong) further investigates and finds the truth around the death. But you can’t dig deeper without getting dirty. Things start to unfold about the past of Jin Gook, his sister Jin Kang and the mysterious Moo Yeong. Lies start to unravel and childhood traumas come to light as the series progresses.

At first, I thought this was going to be a ass boring show. There was nothing rather exciting that happened but every minute that Moo Yeong was on the screen, I was interested. Not because he was pretty but there was something about his character that drew you in. There was a line where Jin Gook says that his heart races when he runs into Moo Yeong. That explains the exact feeling I got. It wasn’t a romantic flutter, but one where you just wanted to know more, dive deeper in. His nonchalant attitude toward life was surprisingly refreshing and dangerous.

On the flip side of that, Jin Kang at times got on my nerves. She was such a good character that I kept trying to find faults in her. And I think that her goodness was her fault. It was borderline naivety. But others, I felt myself wanting to coddle her.

However, once I got toward the end, it really took on a whole new beast. What I thought was the truth, turned out to be something entirely different. I took a break from watching for a bit, but the moment I picked it back up, I was enthralled. The way that I actually went on this emotional rollercoaster with Kim Moo Yeong to find the truth left me exhausted by the end. I was whipped from left to right with the shocks of the plot. And the expected dips turned out to be real sharp turns.

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At the end, once things came to light, I’m left with a sadness for these characters that I couldn’t shake. Wishing that things were different but at the same time, knowing that it had to be this way. The three leads really carried this plot to the end and made it better. I think if it was anyone else, it wouldn’t have been as compelling.

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Acting: 9.5/10
Story: 8/10
Music: 9/10 Overall: 8.5/10

Recommend? Yes
Fave Song: ‘Lost’ – An Ji Yeon

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