8:53 pm - 11/12/2018

"The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" Ep 9-12 Discussion Post


Alternate Title: Hundred Million Stars From the Sky

Synopsis:  Yoo Jin Kook (Park Sung-Woong)is a veteran homicide detective who is getting weary of his job. The only light in his life is his younger sister, Yoo Jin Kang (Jung So-Min). He dotes on her and is protective of her like a father figure ever since they lost their parents. When Jin Kook starts investigating a suicide of a university student, he can’t help but feel that the dead student’s boyfriend, Kim Moo Young (Seo In-Guk), may have been responsible for her death. Moo Young seems like a nice guy who works at a Korean beer microbrewery, but there seems to be a dark side to him. When Moo Young meets Jin Kang and the two begin to develop a relationship, Jin Kook is determined to stop it. But can Jin Kook protect Jin Kang when she needs it the most?
Cast: Seo In-Guk, Jung So-Min, Park Sung-Woong, Go Min-Si, Yoo Jae-Myung, Seo Eun-Su, Do Sang-Woo, Jang Young-Nam, Kwon Soo-Hyun, Hong Bin
Director: Yoo Je-Won
Writer: Song Hye-Jin
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: October 3 - November 22, 2018
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30

Watch Here: Viki | fastdrama

Sources: Asianwiki | Viki

Well... that escalated quickly.
infj23 13th-Nov-2018 03:12 am (UTC)
I screamed and nearly threw something at the screen when Jin Kang decided to pursue a relationship with Moo Young. Your best friend just died, you warned her against dating him, and now...you're dating him? Even worse, you think you alone can fix him? Ugh. Maybe I should view this more romantically (I haven't seen the Japanese version) but this seems bad, bad, bad.

That being said, Seo In-Guk and Jung So-Min are killing these roles. A+++ acting all-round.

It took the first 10 mins of episode 12 for me to believe what happened at the end of episode 11. After the shock wore off, I was looking for something else to throw again lol
zeysech 13th-Nov-2018 03:48 am (UTC)
I mean, I think what makes everything even more unrealistic but also kind of worse but also kind of better, is that yeah it's ridiculous that she thinks she can fix him but also... she kind of is? Like, he's still not a good guy by any means, he still gets off on antagonizing people to a certain extent, but he's also clearly trying in a way he never was before.

And idk, I can't decide whether that's to the benefit or the detriment of the story? Like, clearly it's going for this whole, love can be both a redeeming but also a destructive force thing. What with Jin Kook stabbing Moo Young and all.
infj23 13th-Nov-2018 04:30 am (UTC)
I don't know where the story is going either. I feel like an outlier because the amount of disbelief directed at Jin Kook is how I feel about Jin Kang. I'm amazed that the relationship hasn't turned me off from watching bc I'm legit engaged in what happens next.
zeysech 14th-Nov-2018 12:31 am (UTC)
I don't mind it too much bc I kind of... I know that it is shot very realistically but for me basically none of the main trio behave like normal humans so I'm able to just throw my hands up and kind of go along with whatever warped logic these guys are following.
tungatunga 13th-Nov-2018 06:56 am (UTC)
Yes!!! I can't with some comments now, because he is in love now it somehow make him a good person and erase everything that happened before. Yes, he love her and want to please her, but it's not changing, it's just a start and for now he is hiding certain aspect of his personality from her and frankly lying to her.
infj23 13th-Nov-2018 08:01 pm (UTC)
Exactly. He hasn't changed or even decided to change. He said teach me. Was she not listening at all?

The number of people yelling at JKook for being unreasonable and losing it...it's like they forgot everything that happened with Seungh Ah and how MY admitted to contributing to her death (and possibly Mi-yeon's). Nobody's blameless in this but the amount romanticizing over MY is not a good look.

tungatunga 13th-Nov-2018 08:47 pm (UTC)
Clearly JKook has some psychotic breakdown but him calling MY evil is one of the truest things in this show, no one can pretend MY is savable after what he's done to Yuri. Sociopaths are borne not made, so he can have traumatic past, but all choices he made as an adult are on him.
I'm done with shows pushing narratives that true love of that one special woman will change bad men and that abs are more important than morals.
zeysech 14th-Nov-2018 12:40 am (UTC)
I still don't get why Moo Young can't be charged with ANYTHING in regards to what he did to Yuri. Like, how are his statements to Jin Kook not usable in court? Then again, I know fuck all about law so idk. But like, he should be in prison.
tungatunga 14th-Nov-2018 07:01 am (UTC)
They want to charge him with accessory after... and forwarded the cast to prosecutor but dead boyfriend evil sister started her meddling.
zeysech 14th-Nov-2018 12:29 am (UTC)
I think that Jin Kang is objectively making a bad decision getting involved with Moo Young, but like Jin Kook is absolutely being unreasonable because in no way was stabbing Moo Young going to de-escalate this situation. He's already heard Moo Young talk about how he wouldn't have cared if he had died in the car crash as long as he had "won" against the snobby rich dude. So effectively baiting him into another contest is the absolute worst way to handle this.
infj23 14th-Nov-2018 01:27 am (UTC)
I agree. Stabbing one's way out of this is definitely not the way to go lol I still can't believe he did it.
zeysech 14th-Nov-2018 01:48 am (UTC)
It's not even just the stabbing it's the stabbing and leaving alive, like if he was trying to kill him I'd get it because I could see how that would in a way, solve the Moo Young problem. But leaving him alive? This will just obviously make things worse for him.
by_venoms_sting 13th-Nov-2018 03:27 am (UTC)
I totally forgot that the stabbing was a thing until right before it happened.
zeysech 13th-Nov-2018 03:48 am (UTC)
oh so that happened in the jdrama too?
by_venoms_sting 13th-Nov-2018 04:10 am (UTC)
[If you are planning it watch the Japanese version you might want to watch this change/difference play out for yourselves cause it is interesting imo]Yes but the difference in the jdrama was that it was him replicating his own stabbing where the Japanese version of Yu Ri attempts to stab jdrama version Jin Kang while the pass each other crossing the street but he realizes what is going to happen and steps in front of his sister and gets stabbed himself I believe (it hasn't even been long since I watched it but my memories are fuzzy none the less). This scene got replaced with Yu Ri trying to Jin Kang over.



It's weird that I forgot about him replicating it cause I remember being shook by the whole thing lol. Like him attacking Japanese Moo Young was already shocking but him repeating what was done to himself made it really twisted.


Sorry for all the edits. I just wanted things to look nice/spacing things under spoiler cuts is a pain (they don't look the way you expect them to).

Edited at 2018-11-13 04:21 am (UTC)
ty 28th-Nov-2018 07:19 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! I did not want to read anything here until I caught up because - spoilers -
by_venoms_sting 28th-Nov-2018 08:40 am (UTC)
No problem :) I honestly just wrote it to get my thoughts out on this minor detail.
tungatunga 13th-Nov-2018 07:17 am (UTC)
This episode was a trip to a crazytown:
- no one giving shit that policeman admit to attempted murder
- JinKang thinking that stabbing incident don't change anything in her relationships with MY and JK, she just need to lie to JK and that is it.
- doctor thinking that it is better for a kid to risk a deadly traffic accident than living with trauma
- and the fact that no one really looked for a child missing from hospital, wtf!
by_venoms_sting 13th-Nov-2018 09:28 am (UTC)
I was so confused about what the doctor was doing in those flashbacks. Like I legit didn’t understand what he was saying to Moo Young in the present that it was Moo Young’s last chance nor did I get why he was preventing Jin Gook from finding Moo Young back then.

After reading your summary of those scene I’m even more lost. It just isn’t believable that someone would behave like that to begin let alone go on to be this person that has been portrayed as someone who’s very compassionate in the present day.
accioanime 13th-Nov-2018 08:32 am (UTC)
this drama has been going from 50 to 100 these past eps but can't stop watching. The chemistry between the leads are intense, kinda reminded me of Chinese drama Mars level of desperation. So many things don't make sense (I believe a lot of people here already pointed out the WTF comments) but Jung So Min and Seo In Guk are killing it that Im just gonna go along with it regardless.
juhli 13th-Nov-2018 09:09 pm (UTC)
i think i need a little more time to get over the fact that there are no consequences (law-wise and relationship-wise) for Jin Kook after stabbing someone and even confessing to doing so...
zeysech 14th-Nov-2018 12:36 am (UTC)
To me it kind of makes sense relationship-wise because like Jin Kang is very selfish/single-minded about the people she cares about and she's never really willing to take them to task for like anything. Like, has she talked with Moo Young about Seung Ah at all? No, because she already liked him so she wasn't willing to deal with the situation. In a similar fashion she's very willing to forgive her brother for actually stabbing her boyfriend.
keytfelt 14th-Nov-2018 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm like weeks behind because I have no motivation, but I went to a Korean restaurant for dinner with a friend last week and they were playing ep 11 so I totally got spoiled for the stabbing because of my own laziness. I'm hoping to catch up by next week!
accioanime 16th-Nov-2018 08:56 am (UTC)
lol I love that they show dramas with stabbing on a restaurant. I go to Filipino restaurants and grocery stores and it's the same thing, and my white friends are like WTH
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