Missing 9 Review

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The storyline of Missing 9

Missing 9 is the story of a celebrity (Jung Kyung Ho) who is stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash along with his stylist (Baek Jin Hee) and seven others in the entertainment industry. 9 people of different ages, social positions, and personalities were washed up on a desert island and survived for 4 months. With no connection to the outside world, lack of living conditions, the group fell into panic and gradually revealed the true characters in their nature.

After 4 months of disappearance, the only survivor is a girl named Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee). Bong Hee becomes the holder of the key of truth, unlocking the memory of 4 horrible months on the deserted island and the fate of other characters.

Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee) in Missing 9

The cast

The main characters of Missing 9 are not ordinary people, they are stars, idols, entertainment industry employees. They all have a special connection to each other in their careers. The dark side of the entertainment industry is intertwined with the instinct to live through the personality of each character. Each character is given a numbered nickname.

The first group is 3 experienced men, having been in management positions. The male lead Jung Kyung Ho plays Seo Joon Oh, a talented artist who is on tour around the world. The calmest and most lucid after the accident, Jun Oh became the leader of the group of 9. The second is Hwang Jae Gook (Kim Sang-Ho), director of Kimchi’s leading entertainment company Legend Entertainment. Third is Jung Ki Joon (Oh Jung Se), Jun Oh’s manager.

Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho) Hwang Jae Gook (Kim Sang-Ho) and Jung Ki Joon (Oh Jung Se)
Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho) Hwang Jae Gook (Kim Sang-Ho) and Jung Ki Joon (Oh Jung Se)

It should come as no surprise that Jung Kyung Ho is as great as usual as our celebrity Joon Oh. We get to see a lot of his comedic side as a high-maintenance star having to deal with island life.

But then we’ll see his growth as he matures into a leader who puts others before himself. I love his character, and I love watching him develop. And we have plenty of opportunities to see Jung Kyung Ho’s serious side amid all the madness on the island. Jung Kyung Ho is so intense!

Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho) in Missing 9
Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho)

The second group consists of young idols who are at the top of success in the entertainment industry. Chan Yeol plays Lee Yeol, a former member of the group with Jun Oh but has now separated into solo activities. He has a good heart and is a very likable character. “Troublemaker” Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon) is also a bandmate with Jun Oh and Lee Yeol and is now focusing on acting. Tae Ho is the shadowy guy on the island who only cares about himself. He was the source of a lot of trouble for the group. Ha Ji Ah (Lee Sun Bin), nicknamed the Princess, is the most sought-after A-list actress. She is also Tae Ho’s girlfriend.

Lee Yeol (Chan Yeol) Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon) and Ha Ji Ah (Lee Sun Bin)
Lee Yeol (Chan Yeol) Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon) and Ha Ji Ah (Lee Sun Bin)

The final group consists of “outsiders”. Tae Ho Hang (Tae Hang Ho) is director Jae Gook’s personal secretary. Yoon So Hee (Ryu Won) also is an actress of Legend Entertainment. She also has a particularly hard time adjusting to life on the island. The female lead Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee) is the new stylist of male singer Jun Oh. On the first day of work, Bong Hee, unfortunately, became the victim of a terrible accident. She is a kind woman and has some survival skills. She is Joon Oh’s asset on the island. At first, she helps him simply survive, but then she becomes his moral support and an important ally. I really like her character.

Tae Ho Hang (Tae Hang Ho) Yoon So Hee (Ryu Won) and Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee)
Tae Ho Hang (Tae Hang Ho) Yoon So Hee (Ryu Won) and Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee)

Review of Missing 9

The storytelling is actually quite interesting. The film opens with Bong Hee being found as the sole survivor of the accident a few months after it happened. But her memories are not completely intact, and she only remembers bits and pieces of what happened. What follows is the investigation of everything that happened with the drama following the current story and then flashing back to the island story.

The story setting is very good. We get to meet all of our characters and get to know a little bit more about their stories. And the plane crash that brought our group to the island was very well done, and I found it very thrilling.

The plane crash in Missing 9

Stories often reveal things in the present that make you wonder how it ended up that way. Then we had to peel off each layer of the story to get the full picture. This allows certain revelations occurring in the present to be finally explained back on the island.

Of course, the setting of the drama is also very unique. Not too many dramas are actually set on a deserted island. It definitely makes things feel weirder. That’s where all the excitement is going. And it sure is fun!

There are many struggles but also small triumphs. The group is forced to gather as a unit to overcome the challenge. I would love to have a close friendship develop between a number of people. But of course, things are never simple. Eventually, disagreements, doubts, and fears arise in the group, causing everything to fall apart quickly. Everyone ends up pitting each other, and the island becomes a very scary place with death lurking around every corner. It keeps things very interesting.

the group on the deserted island
The group on the deserted island

I really love Joon Oh and Bong Hee as a couple. They have a very strong relationship built on solid trust for each other. Their romance is delicate and full of subplots, but I think it packs a lot of emotional punch. There are some very dramatic scenes between them as well as some heartbreaking scenes. But I really enjoy seeing how much they support each other.
And on the other hand, when they get the chance to have fun, these two are absolutely adorable! They have an easy and natural relationship, very interesting and very fun. What a wonderful couple!

Baek Jin Hee Jung Kyung Ho in Missing 9

However, there are definitely some negatives to the film. At first, the tone feels a bit uneven at first. Sometimes, the transition between seriousness and humor is a bit awkward. Fortunately, this improved dramatically after the first few episodes.

I also don’t like constantly jumping back and forth between the island and the present moment in the beginning. We switched the timeline a lot in the first few episodes. I really just wanted to immerse myself in the story of the island and having to move around so much just made it feel a bit choppy. It’s nothing terrible or anything, I just want to spend more time in each place than jumping constantly between them. Luckily, here’s another thing that’s also improving soon as we’ll be spending more time uninterrupted in each place. This allows me to invest more in each side of the story.

Baek Jin Hee Jung Kyung Ho in Missing 9

But the main thing to know about getting into this movie to hopefully enhance your enjoyment of it is not to overthink some of the happenings. There are a lot of fantastical and illogical situations that you have to go through. Not everything that happens is completely believable. There are also a lot of inconsistencies and holes in the plot. If these things bother you too much, just know that this movie is full of them.

But if you can just enjoy it for what it is, there’s a lot of fun to be had in Missing 9. The story itself is quite engaging and thrilling with a very addictive quality. Also, what this movie excels at is in regards to its characters. The characters are diverse, engaging, and nuanced. They are what makes you invested in the movie as well as the journey they have to go through. I like all the castaways because of how well they are written and developed.

Ending Spoilers Below

So, of course, Missing 9 has gotten pretty wild. What begins as a group of survivors on an island becomes a sort of serial killer thriller. Tae Ho’s tendency to murder cannot be contained both on the island and in Korea.
Being on the island, I found it quite amusing that everyone was constantly having to survive Tae Ho. The guy can’t be stopped! And the layers of his story are very interesting.

Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon)
Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon)

But the star of Missing 9 is none other than Joon Oh. He’s the one who went through such maturity on the island and can really find himself. And his kind heart and compassion for others never faltered.

Back in Korea, Joon Oh had to go through a lot to fight Tae Ho. Things get pretty crazy as he and the other survivors jump through hoops to prove their innocence and take out Tae Ho.

While the movie clearly shows off some of Tae Ho’s struggles, he seems unshakable as he continues with his selfish and murderous ways. But in the end, Joon Oh is finally able to get over him by making him see that he’s not satisfied with his life and offering to stay with him no matter what. All quite emotional.

As for the ending, it’s kind of a test of your brain from the start. Our survivors can happily reunite at a painting party, and even Tae Ho was at the event. Apparently, he was allowed out of prison to do some community service and appears to have received the group’s pardon. Everyone is happy together.

the group party in Missing 9

So, of course, this is purely imaginary. Tae Ho is basically a psychotic killer who has killed many people and tried to kill many others. Even if he’s gone through a real change and people accept that it won’t all be rainbows and unicorns regarding their relationship.

But for this particular story, what’s important is all of the character’s growth through experience, and that includes Tae Ho. And the fact that the group was able to accept him shows that they have really moved on from the island tragedies and are now happy. So yeah, it’s totally far-fetched, but hey, it’s just a story.

missing 9 poster

So in the end, I found Miss 9 to be an exciting and thrilling ride. It had plenty to pick apart, but it got the important things right. I got a feel for these characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey. And in dramaland, it’s nice to see that sometimes everyone (at least the ones who weren’t murdered by Tae Ho) can live happily ever after.