Missing Noir M

Missing Noir M (2015)

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Gil Su Hyeon is extremely intelligent. At the age of 10, he attended Harvard University and after graduating, he went to work at the FBI. 10 years later, he decided to come back to South Korea. He now works as the leader of the Special Missing Persons Unit. The unit deals with about 1% of special missing cases involving violent crimes. His appearance borders on perfection, but he holds a secret. Detective read moreOh Dae Yeong joins the Special Missing Persons Unit. He has worked as a detective for 20 years and he has an obsession in observing the law. He is known as a master of missing person cases.

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    실종느와르 M
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    Special Missing Persons Unit M; Teuksoosiljongjundamban M; 특수실종전담반 M; Siljongneuwareu M

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Jun 5, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
'One day, just one day, if only I could see you again. Farther, deeper, take me away, pull me.'

In one word this drama is raw. I am writing this review a minute after finishing the drama and there are all these emotions that I need to let out. It has been an amazing journey, and by the end I could truly tell how attached I got to the characters.

STORY: 8.5/10 read more We follow Gil Soo Hyun, an FBI officer whom is back in his home country and receives an offer from the police to join a special investigation team. He joins Oh Dae Yeong and Jin Seo Joon as they embark on solving missing cases with special circumstances. I can't say much about the story since the drama is episodic, which means we are met with a new case in (almost) every episode. I would also point out that Soo Hyun's background story is a key point, and slowly unfolded as the drama proceeds.

My rating is not higher because it's difficult to rate a drama with a different setting for each episode. I found some episodes to be extremely intriguing, while one or two in the middle of the drama were rather predictable. The beginning however, was phenomenal, as we got a two episode cameo from the very talented Kang Ha Neul who brought so much life to drama. Some cases are very unique, like the painting one. Watch the drama to find out what that's all about ;)

My gem, the great Kim Kang Woo. I cannot praise this man's acting enough. Somehow I feel like he's an unappreciated actor in the Korean industry - correct me if I'm wrong. I first 'met' him in Haeundae Lovers, where he played the role of a prosecutor. That is obviously where I fell for him, and I have been anticipating his upcoming projects ever since. Kim did a phenomenal job in Missing Noir M as he portrayed a strong and competent character despite his wounds. Would the drama be the same without him? Probably not.

Park Hee Soon portrayed the talented police officer Oh Dae Yeong. This is the character that brought life to the drama, through his 'feeling like feeling' and phone ringtone. Overall the impression you'll get of him will be one of delight. He also has the cutest relationship with his wife, which also brings colour to a dark themed show. I also loved him for loving the victims with all he had.I like that he went from All About My Romance to OCN's Missing Noir M. It was nice to see him in a new light.

Jin Seo Joon was portrayed by the rising actress Jo Bo Ah (congratulations on the dating news!). Jin (as officer Oh calls her) is a hacker, and you can tell the team wouldn't get too far without her. She is highly intelligent, and I loved seeing her. The only complaint I have is that I wanted to see more of her. In a very male dominating drama, I wish she would've have gotten more spotlight. She deserves all the praise, and Jo Bo Ah as an actress has come a very long way since Shut Up! Flower Boy Band.

Another lady is the medical examiner Kang Yoo Yeong (Park So Hyun). We also see very little of her, but again - she plays a vital role as she is the one who conducts autopsies.

For the side characters who played a big part in each story, you'll find them in the cast list. Among the known actors and actresses is the very cute Shim Yi Young (Ji Yeon, officer Oh's wife), Yoon Ye Joo (Ellie from SBS' Angel Eyes), L.Joe (from the boy band Teen Top) and Park Hae Joon (Mr. Chun from Misaeng).

MUSIC: 10/10
Their main OST called Lucid Dream (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzF4DODg-K0) by Kim Yuna, and featuring rapper Olltii has seriously become one of my favourites ones. I listened to this while waiting for new episodes. I'm also an avid supporter of Korean rappers, and knowing that Olltii (Show Me The Money 3) featured in this song was very exciting. Lucid Dream is dark, filled with amazing vocals. It fits the drama perfectly.

I think I'll rewatch this drama when the withdrawal symptoms arrive. Being episodic, it is quite simple to click on whatever episode and watch. Though you need to watch the whole drama the first time since you'll miss out on the protagonist's story if you don't.

I cannot recommend this enough. My sister always tells me Korean dramas are boring and repetitive, and for people like her, this drama is a definite counterargument.
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Jun 15, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I just have to start by saying I loved this drama. I'm saying it in a very biased way. Why? Because it is EXACTLY the type drama I like. It's as if it was custom made just for me. This is a drama only OCN can succeed in making. Overall the same style as TEN. A special team is formed to help in the recovery of missing individuals. If I were to read more compare it to TEN, I'd say I liked the way the the team was formed there more than here, where we got to know the characters before the team was formed while in M, it felt a bit rushed. Otherwise the idea is similar. The focus is on the human side of the perpetrator and the victim. Many times it's hard to identify who is the real victim, and it's hard to hate anybody. On a more subtle note, we got into the politics of law, and the meaning of justice.

The lead characters were amazing in their roles, and so were the guest appearances in each case. Kim Kang Woo as Gil Su Hyun was such a troubled character. He has a deep darkness, and an extremely cute side. I love that he's no cheesy idealist. He will get blood on his hand, not for the sake of justice, but only to make the world a bit less awful. He's not faultless, as we see his view is not absolute, but he seeks the same satisfying ending I want. His frustration would always reflect mine. Next is Park Hee Soon playing Detective Oh Dae Yeong, who's personality it pretty much the opposite of Su Hyun. He's pretty loud and outgoing, and his life is mostly in the light with a happy family. He got many years of experience making him very perceptive. Seeing his trail of thoughts and the way follows track is engrossing. The two guys have the chemistry and the perfect foil for each other. Rounding up the team is Jo Bo Ah as Jin Seo Jun. Though much younger and beautiful, she did convince me of her being a focused hacker and smart. I enjoyed the sunbae-Maknae feel.

Other interesting characters were those involved in the cases. Though Su Hyun was supposed to be the genius of the show, those perpetrator were the geniuses. The performances were dazzling for a number of cases totally broke my heart.

Other than the cases and character, I like how the theme was forming subtly little by little each episode, until we got to the last episode. I find they quoted it perfectly:

- Currently we are living in a world that's filled with the fruit of injustice
- A History of injustice manipulating justice to kill off justice

I enjoy my mysteries, but since it is embedded so well with such a deep theme about law and justice, it reveals a deeper message that the drama is telling the viewer, leaving us in deep thought about the matter.

I would highly recommend this drama for anyone who enjoyed TEN or OCN dramas, and mysteries in general. There isn't any romance but, there is bromance at a more understated level as well as camaraderie.
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Both deal with murder mysteries and a main character who is dealing with an internal problem. Both MC's are also extremely intelligent.

God's Quiz deals with the autopsy/science side of the mysteries while Missing Noir M is the law/detective side, but both dramas are really detective dramas.

Love both!
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Both are dark, mysterious dramas, with plot turning upside-down; great cast, more 'adult dramas'
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    Mad-Clown_Rohit 24 days ago

    i loved it.......the cases the character...........but with the ending am a bit on love-hate

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    bossmama 30 days ago

    Definitely the best crime Kdrama I've watched in term of complexity of the cases, although I prefer TEN for its variation of themes. The cases here are a bit similar in nature with each other; the criminal commits the crime for revenge (or other 'noble' purpose) and has a tragic backstory, while ofc the ultimate big bad are the greedy cowardly rich fellas (except the second to last case which is why it's my fave). I appreciate the show for not trying to justify the crime, but I feel like they're not judged as harshly either. I'm also on the fence about the ending since it was strong in concept but lacking in execution. There are several logical course of action that the protagonist could take to avoid the final result but the show completely ignored them and shoe-horned their actions so that it can end with a bang.

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    Jadedrama16 Jun 21, 2017
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    ClaudiaKdramaFan Jun 19, 2017

    I am about to watch this, Im in love with Kim Kang Woo, I had only seen him in a movie where he is a crazy King but he is such a good actor and very handsome. So Im coming from Circle to see this one.

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    nyanko_sensei Jun 13, 2017

    I need season 2 T_T

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    XingBack Jun 10, 2017
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    iambulletproof Jun 7, 2017

    finally able to finish this! started this on KA but their server is down few days now, luckily i discovered fastdrama site which didn't used openload server. anyway, once again OCN didnt dissapoint me. still the best when it comes to kdrama police drama. Kim Kang Woo is just an amazing actor. honestly he is not my ideal aesthetic for a korean actor but his character in this drama is so smart which he portrays very convincingly that makes him looks so sexy to me :)) Its actually my first time to see him in a drama, and im very impressed. This guy can act! I'm just a little disappointed that the last case (last episode) were ended for a possible second season. Its an unfinished case for the last episode :( 10/10 for enjoyment!

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    Ineta May 28, 2017

    This is certainly a quality drama. It has great acting, interesting cases, very smart criminals, LOTS of unexpected twists -- predicting anything is hard in this one.

    What I did not like about this, is that it sometimes seemed as if they're trying to outsmart themselves by making the cases more complicated. The detectives also seemed to like making random assumptions, which I really didn't understand where they're coming from. So it's no surprise that often they were wrong. :D But what this drama actually lacked was an ending! I wouldn't care that much for the criminal, I just wish Oh Daeyong's wife...

    But despite all that, I can't rate this much lower than the 8.5 I gave it, since the drama was very enjoyable and the plot twists really surprised me a lot. Though there were times where I got annoyed because of the weird plot development. XD

    If you're a fan of detective / crime / investigation dramas, I do recommend this one as a great choice.

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    AmynaA May 23, 2017

    I loved it. Such a great show. They should make a second season. I would definitely watch it.

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    Yunia May 3, 2017

    Such a great show.
    Does someone know what is the song in the last scene?

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    Kanha Apr 27, 2017 - edited

    Btw anybody that knows the names of the babies in ep 3-4?

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      MrBanana May 23, 2017

      You want to know the real names of the babies? lmao

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      Kanha May 23, 2017

      Hahahaha yeah because they were really adorable, so I would like to watch them in other things XD

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    Kanha Apr 27, 2017

    The last episode disappointed me so much :/

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    LunaMoon Mar 23, 2017

    So where's season two?? They didn't catch the bad guy....

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    Fatima Feb 7, 2017
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    zuojenn Jan 20, 2017 - edited

    It was ok but could have been much much better.... It didn't grab me....the last 3 episode were really interesting but it ended with an open end.... right where this series finally pulled me in completely....
    season 2 where are you XD?


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    Mar 28, 2015 to May 30, 2015
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    1 hr. 10 min.


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    8.5 (scored by 1,724 users)
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