Missing: Sarajin Yeoja   2016   South Korea Missing Woman
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Director:Eon-hie Lee
Studio:Dice Film
Writer:Eon-hie Lee
IMDb Rating:7.2 (17 votes)
Awards:1 win
Genre:Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:100 min
Eon-hie Lee  ...  (Director)
Eon-hie Lee  ...  (Writer)
Ji-won Uhm  ...  Ji-sun
Hyo-jin Kong  ...  Han-mae
Seok-Chan Jeon  ...  Detective Nam
Sung-Wook Lee  ...  Detective Seo
Ha-nee Seo  ...  Da-eun
Seo Eun-Aa  ...  Soo-ryeon
Joon Go  ...  Jin-hyeok
Won-yeong Jang  ...  Seok-ho
Hae-yeon Kil  ...  Mother-in-law
Gin-goo Kim  ...  Seok-ho's mother
Hee-won Kim  ...  Detective Park
Yeong-ih Lee  ...  Caregiver grandmother
Hae-Joon Park  ...  Park Hyun-ik
Kim Sun-Young  ...  Massage parlor owner
Comments: 1-Possible nanny shows up for interview.
2-Suspicious mother who can't stop her baby from crying leaves baby alone with suspicious possible nanny who stops the baby crying.

Are you kidding me?

This film is one of the most amateurishly contrived, overly complicated (by trying to be clever and cover too much) Korean thrillers I've ever seen. Bummer. I was excited about this "film by women about women" starring one of my favorite actresses, [b]Hyo-jin Kong[/b] and directed by a woman whose two previous films I enjoyed.

Beyond the woman angle, the film seems part of this Korean thing of late which has them trying to be as clever and tricky and complex as possible. Keep track of hairstyles or you won't be able to follow this trainwreck. The Koreans need to get over their love affair with dueling timelines and learn how to tell a story clearly.

I sat through this without punting because I hoped it would pay off with either some wild thriller exposure or a woman exposure thing. Nope times two.

The film even has bumbling cop nonsense. It has to in order for half of the scenes to be possible. How many times can the cops let a woman suspected of kidnapping, or worse, a baby get away so she can set up the next scene? I'm really tired of that.

Summary: Working in TV series marketing, Ji-sun’s daily life is like a war: not only struggling hard at work, she’s involved in a custody battle for her 18-month-old daughter Da-eun. The baby Da-eun spends most of the time with the nanny Han-mae. Luckily, Da-eun seems to get along well with her nanny. One day, when Ji-sun gets back home after work, she finds both Han-mae and Da-eun disappeared. Due to the custody battle, Ji-sun doesn’t dare to call the police. She starts by asking the neighbor who first introduced Han-mae. But the neighbor already quit the job and Han-mae’s certification turns out to be someone else’s…

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