Review: The Smile Has Left Your Eyes


Name: The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Writer/director: Song Hye-jin/ Yoo Je-won
Date: Oct 2018
Number of episodes: 16
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Based on book/manga?: Based on Japanese drama Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi by Eriko Kitagawa

Why did I press play? The reassuring reviews, despite a dark premise it’s an amazing drama.

During which episode was it dropped? During episode eight my interested deteriorated. There are a few spoilers in this section. Proceed with caution!

This drama has its fingers in too many pies. It subtly goes into different directions and leaves a few major events unresolved. Things get swept under the rug and with it increased annoyance poses the question, “why did I invest in all that?” A example is the twisted love triangle between Young, Kang, and Seung Ah.
Young purses Seung Ah, a wealthy, beautiful, and naive young women. With selfish intentions toys with her, sleeps with her. And worst of all she dies in an accident in many ways instigated by him during revenge mission. Kang mostly breezes through the grief of her best friend. Next with a dollop of compassion and a heap of mixed feelings, runs to Young. They get together quick and just as quick declare they want to sleep together. Post consummation the lovey-dovey switch is on. There are lots of smiles, hugs, and home decorating to spruce up the love cave.

Cruely, within weeks (or is it even days?) of Seung Ah’s death, her life is ignored by the new couple. How can the weight of her previous relationship with Kang or her death not take a slight toll on Kang’s bliss?


Below are a couple other examples:

  • Young’s disturbing manipulation and involvement in murder case. Particularly pertaining to sitting in the convenience store during time of murder.
  • The vague bit about the $2000 weaving in and out of the plot.

Who are the main characters? Which actors play them?
Kim Moo Young played by Seo In Guk
Yoo Jin Kang played by Jung So Min
Yoo Jin Gook played by Park Sung Woong

Theme: “It’s complicated”

What it’s good for? Sitting on the edge of your seat with suspense, that is until episode 8, when you sign and shuffle back int your seat.

Interesting Facts: None

In the new Drama Delight shop, you’ll find a delightful bookmark and postcard. Personally designed by the author of DramaDelight – me!



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