In the spring, when Kashiwazaki Yui and her 3 years old son were coming back home from kindergarten, she let go of her son's hand for a moment and then he was gone. 9 years later, her son appears in front of her again.
I was prepared for a very angsty drama. The plot is about a young mother, Yui, whose son was kidnapped when he was 3 years old. 9 years later, she is told that his son is in an institution. Turns out, he was found a short while after being kidnapped, by Asako, who raised him like she was her real mother. So this is the story of the woman who gave him read morebirth, the woman who raised him, and how he comes back to his real family.
The first couple of episodes were painful to watch, since THAT letter was too cruel. I hated Asako, and I didn't like the boy. Actually, till the end, I couldn't figure this boy out. But on the other hand, I felt too sorry for Asako, in spite of all her many mistakes. While Yui was suffering for almost a decade for the lost of her baby boy, Asako's intentions of being a mother were mostly selfish. She wanted a son because of social pressure, because of loneliness... But still, what does being a mother mean? Doesn't it mean to love and raise the child to be someone, to be there for the child, to give him everything the child needs in order to become a better person?
While there were many painful scenes, and scenes that make you upset (like when Asako was telling Yui SHE was the one who raised Kou, SHE was the one who knew him better... thank Heavens for that slap!), there were also many light scenes, heartwarming scenes. This dorama is mostly about family, not only blood-related, but also people who are always there for support and interventions and good and bad moments.
I love the cast, specially the women. I think Sawajiri Erika may be too young to be a mother of a teenage boy, but she was dressed very homely in order to look more mature, with baggy clothes and light-to-zero make-up. Her friend, interpreted by Itaya Yuka, was excellent. She always plays the sweetest and kindest friend to perfection. I think it is her smile. But the one who deserved all awards was, for me, Koike Eiko. Her role, as the woman who raised the boy, was meant to be hateful. But her tears... oh gawd, her tears made ME tearful. For about 8 episodes I had a love-hate feelings for her, but by the end, I pitied her enormously. Poor woman, in spite of everything!
The husbands were good as well, nice sidekicks. But what impressed me the most was Nakajima Yuto. This guy has everything to play a romantic MC; he is tall, young, handsome and can act, and here again we have him, as a serious worker who should be played by someone older. WHYYYY...
The kids were ok, obviously with the least experience and you can tell, especially since the older cast is so good. Still, the boy who played Kou was adorable.
I love the OST! Very moving, and I love the EP, "Just you and I", by Amuro Namie. I am currently listening to it. The lyrics are very meaningful.
The ending was satisfying. I think this is one of those doramas that will be liked by anyone, specially those who like family genre.
The other cover is much better and meaningful that the one here on MDL.
Mini-reunions: "1 Liter of Tears", "Hotaru no Hikari", "Kounodori", "Date".
Mostly I watch dramas to fill up my free time and feed myself with a dose of romace, comedy or thrill of emotion. This time, for all those 10 hours I've had that weird feelings of unease, pity and anger. But don't get me wrong... These are feeling you definitely should have while watching "Haha ni naru".
This drama is not something easy to watch. We follow the story of a married read morecouple, whose son is kidnapped at the age of 3. Nine years later they find out, that their child is alive and was raised by another woman. Couple have him back but as you probably can tell, it's not easy for anyone to adapt to this situation.
At some points while watching "Haha ni naru" I was screaming with anger. All I was thinking was that I want to get into my TV and punch some of those people in the face. But it's not because drama was bad or actors was awful. It's because it was good enough to make me feel emotions of characters and put myself in their place. Even though I don't really understand some of their choices, what made me sad and angry at the same time.
"Haha ni naru" is really good drama. It's not something you will have fun and lots of laugh with but it's something really worth watching. If only because of excellent Sawajiri Erika and Koike Eiko.
Parent, child and a crime in between.
Although the set up is completely different, the main purpose of the both drama are same, rebuilding a broken relationship between a mother, son, and the whole family.
This drama is driving me crazy. I can't stand Asako and i will never sympiazie with a person who kidnaps a defensless child. I'm scared this drama will have a cheesy dumb ending where they will all just decide to co parent Kou and be one happy family. To make Kou happy and put their Asako crimes. I'm gonna have to rate this drama low if that happens. I just need Asako to get the ending she deserves ..in jail where kidnappers belong from the way she acts I wouldn't be suprised if she kidnapped again. She has zero remorse for her crimes! Throw her in jail again please she's dangerous
Honestly hearing the letter in episode 2 got me so angry. Usually if you find a child you report it to the police. But this woman is scary. I try to sympathize with her, but her words are manipulative. I feel bad for Yui and her husband. This Asako is selfish.
Ep. 7, that face slap from Yui to Asako, was so well deserved.
I imagined myself slapping her at the same moment when this Asako said what she said! and when Yui actually really slapped her! Man, that was so satisfying!
I just wanna face this woman and ask her this one question!
If you were really able to give birth to your child, then he got kidnapped and someone has done the same to him as you did to Kou (merely for some selfish reasons as you have done), what would you have done then? How would you have lived this 9 years not knowing if he's alive or dead? what would've your life been after this?
Definitely you would've gone so crazy and the whole world would've collapsed before your eyes! and yeah, if you ever could find that person who has done this to your own child, you would've murdered him actually (judging from your aggressive weird personality)!
After watching Ep 6, I do feel for Asako to a certain extent (and I do feel like her mother's wish for a child pushed her to the limit). But... that doesn't negate the pain Yui and her family felt for 9 years either. I mean... they spent 9 years not knowing if Kou was alive or not. I'm not sure if I could handle that. I think not knowing makes it really unbearable.
I already watched the raw for Ep 7, and I started translating it (will probably be up in a few days from now)... but Ep 7 it really broke my heart to see Yui like that. The frustration I feel towards Asako hasn't changed. Like ugh, I was just crying so much watching Ep 7.
I can't feel -not even a hint of- sympathy towards the 12 years old Kou or Asako!
The more I watch them, the more I hate their relationship and their personalities.
I can't believe that! the poor parents went through a lot, he came after all these years knowing the blind truth and yet only acting up in a dreadful way with them! and even if he's only a 12 years old kid, he should've felt some kind of emotions towards them especially when knowing how horrible was the life they spent when he was gone!
He's so selfish, that's all I can say.. at some points, I believe it would've been better if he never showed up.....
Eff, I am so pissed off...