A divorced working mom’s best efforts to provide for her infant daughter and fight for her custody from her ex-husband goes horribly wrong.
Ji Sun (Uhm Ji Won) is a divorced woman who works at a public relations agency to provide for her infant daughter while fighting off legal custody challenges from her ex-husband and former mother-in-law.
When the nanny causes her daughter to get injured, Ji Sun fires her and hires another Chinese nanny, Han Mae (Gong Hyo Jin), who is referred to her by a neighbor’s nanny. Han Mae is wonderful with Ji Sun’s daughter, able to calm her within minutes when she cries, and Ji Sun is relieved that she can concentrate on her work with her daughter in good hands. But then things start to go wrong.
Ji Sun misses some important court dates in her daughter’s custody case because Han Mae fails to relay messages to her, and Ji Sun also has no knowledge of a judge’s order to turn over her daughter to her grandmother’s care because of her failure to appear in court. Then when Ji Sun returns home from work one day, both her daughter and Han Mae are gone and unreachable.
When Ji Sun is unable to locate Han Mae and her daughter, she goes to the police to file a missing-child report with Detective Park (Kim Hee Won). But by then, Ji Sun’s former mother-in-law accuses Ji Sun of hiding her daughter so that she will not have to lose custody of her.
With the legal system working against her, Ji Sun decides she must search for her missing daughter on her own. As she tries to trace Han Mae’s last steps before her disappearance, Ji Sun realizes that Han Mae was not the person she thought she was and slowly uncovers the mysterious woman’s reasons for coming into her life.
“Missing” is a 2016 South Korean film written and directed by Lee Eon Hee.