Kaseifu no Mita

Kaseifu no Mita (2011)

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Can a family hope to recover after losing their mother to suicide? Keiichi Asuda serves his wife, Nagiko divorce papers after he tells her that he intends to marry his mistress. The distraught Nagiko kills herself, leaving her family in turmoil. Keiichi hires Akari Mita to take care of the household. The highly efficient and organized Mita does everything for the Asuda household and helps the four kids – 17-year-old Yui, 14-year-old read moreKakeru, 12-year-old Kaito and 6-year-old Kii – heal their emotional wounds. But can Mita get over the pains of her own past to truly be a mother to them?

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Apr 24, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
To tell the truth, I've been uncertain about starting this drama and later I have seen why. It is very slow-paced and leaves an imprint of something long and lasting- that's where it captures the viewer. It tells a different tale in a realistic, brutally realistic way that shows how far a life can go. I took my time to watch it; for more than one month and I found it quite read more enjoyable. I recommend it because it holds a whole lot more than a drama can. A well-written story of a family and it's housekeeper who cope and struggle with the world around them. Cast that slided right into their roles, and played them beautifully. It offers a big, meaty, flavorful slice of real life.
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Mar 5, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Kaseifu no mita is a really cool family drama. I really don’t like family dramas a whole lot but this one was pretty good. A creepy, robotic, Nanny McFee character is the housekeeper who of course teaches the family valuable lessons, and unifies the family all while learning one herself.
The main reason I don’t like most family dramas is because they are really unrealistic. However this one really touches on a read more dark side of life. Not all smiles and happy times, this drama delves into teenage sex, infidelity, suicide, longing, angst, anger and tragedy. Looking at how a family fell apart and was unconsciously mended back together through individual choices made me want to see each episode. I wanted to know whose turn was it to get “fixed”, and how/where was it gonna happen.
Nanako Matsushima was awesome!! She was not only totally believable but she was the character, and it was played to perfection. Other outstanding actors were Shiori Kutsuna who really did bring out the troubled teenager she was playing.
What I didn’t like was the ridiculous concept that the housekeeper never getting into trouble doing what she did. If they were going to be realistic and dark they should have gone all the way. I found the youngest kid annoying (I think that’s what they were aiming for) and a lot of her parts I fast forwarded through. I really wanted one of the kids to become a yankee but ***** no spoilers here****. The grumpy grandfather never became loveable to me and for some reason I found the longing of the aunt (urara played by Aibu saki) annoying and unnecessary. Each time the kids asked Mita (housekeeper) what to do, she answered the exact same thing, that drove me crazy because they kept looking like she would say something different.
The story was great but I felt like the revelations at the end were rushed and unnatural, almost as if the writers didn’t realize it was time for the drama to end. I would have liked the drama to focus a bit more on the housekeeper throughout and not just at the last 15 minutes. Dot get me wrong the ending was still nice and sweet , but it could have been better. The story itself seemed as if midway they needed new material. Like they ran out of problems within the family to tackle so they moved to the unnecessary neighbors. Still it looked like they have this one primed for a second season and I would watch that one too. However in the next family maybe they could make the family less annoying, because in some episodes 4 whiny, selfish, nosy brats and a spinelessa, cry-baby father were too much to take. Although it doesn't suck you in, and make you a part of the family, this one is an interesting watch.
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    J-DRAMASROCK 25 days ago

    Truly AMAZING!

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    tvxqjung Jul 7, 2017
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    zombiehero Feb 9, 2016

    I feel like the main reason for the child actors were to play on the emotions of the viewers of the show - especially Kii. Kind of a shame some scenes and plot lines were so "directed" (like you really get that the director wants you to feel a certain way), it really distracted from my enjoyment. It's not bad, just not really standing out for me.

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    desertbanshee Nov 8, 2015 - edited

    Just finished the series, it's a dark, dysfunctional Mary Poppins, for some reason I binge watched it, the subs at Viki petered out at the finale so I'll have to search around for the big answer to everything at the end~

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    gaga Sep 13, 2015 - edited

    when i read the synopsis, reminded me of kazoku game. and just started watching it, finished 1st ep, it still reminds me of kazoku game. i loved that drama and this one seems to be getting my love as well..
    but one thing i have to get out of my system after watching 1st ep - that brat is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying!!! yeah, i might seem heartless but really they could have made her less annoying :\

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      Taylorgg12 Mar 13, 2016

      I'm assuming you're talking about Kii. I thought I was the only one who found her annoying haha. I mean I understand she's a little kid but did they have to make her so whiny? like every time she has a speaking part I just want her to stop talking.

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    3ngin33r Aug 14, 2014

    Korean version is Suspicious Housekeeper starring Choi Ji Woo

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    armanke13 Mar 23, 2014

    Mita is like a rational housekeeper robot. She is very efficient but suppressed her emotions enough to be faceless.

    I like the unpredictable story plots and the ending that is happy enough for misteries to remain.

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    LordVoldemin Oct 31, 2013

    Is it just me or is the synopsis full of mistakes?

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    Jemima Oct 24, 2013
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    Jemima Oct 24, 2013

    I like the korea version

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    femmedesneiges Oct 6, 2013

    This was only really enjoyable once I'd started thinking of it as a sort-of black comedy.

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    MonikaB Oct 1, 2013

    Excellent drama even though it was definitely cheesy in certain parts. Cheesiness aside, I didn't feel like an idiot after watching it so I recommend it!

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    Syrus23 Sep 29, 2013

    I've watched the first episode and it's already awesome

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    LittleDragon7 Sep 26, 2013

    Watching the Korean version right know.

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    mysecretsoul Sep 26, 2013

    Ah, so glad someone added a recommendation between this and the recent Korean adaptation. I was going crazy trying to remember what the Japanese title was, haha.


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    Oct 12, 2011 to Dec 21, 2011
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    45 min.


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