Mother (2010)

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Matsuyuki plays the part of Nao Suzuhara, an elementary school teacher. When she realizes that one of the female students is receiving abuse from her mother, Nao's maternal instincts kick in, and she impulsively decides to bring the girl into her own care. Serving as a substitute mother, Nao takes the child on a trip from Hokkaido to Tokyo, and the two experience various events together along the way.

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Mar 31, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
You know a drama's good when it makes you cry. You know it's excellent when it turns you into a snivelling wreck every single episode. Thus, my main issue with Mother was what it cost me in Kleenex.

The most devastating thing about this drama (and there are a fair few to choose from) is that you know there's no way it can end happily. It's very premise sets it up to read more have at best a bittersweet ending.It is extremely well written in this respect, and believable throughout. I found myself truly invested in the characters and the storyline, desperately hoping both Nao and Reina could find safety and happiness on a more permanent basis than constantly being on the run.

I would now spend a paragraph picking apart the faults of this drama, except I'm rather convinced it doesn't have them. Everything from the acting (Ashida Mana may have become my favourite child actor of all time through this drama) to the movie-esque quality to the filming records it down as a must-watch in my book. It truly is once watched, never forgotten.
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Apr 20, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Parents, you can't choose them. When I watched this show, I remembered how lucky I was with the parents I have.

So what exactly is the show about? I mean you have read the synopsis, and maybe would like to have another push towards why you should watch this incredible show. And believe me, when I say incredible I mean that in every way.

The show is most definitely about the relationship read more between a mother and a child, and how the two main characters tackle the trials they are given during the course of the show. So what makes it so good?

Maybe you could have guessed it, the character interactions. Ashide Mana and Matsuyuki Yasuko deliver a great performance regarding the interactions between a mother and a daughter. Their trials will make you laugh, cry or just smile weirdly because it's so cute *ahum*.

I mainly stated the two main characters here, but the supporting cast is great as well.

The story progresses in a well-written manner while never forgetting the realism they need to maintain during the course of the show. The story doesn't let you play ball, they throw the ball at you from the get-go, and you will keep following the ball until it finally reaches your glove. The pacing in the show may be slow to some, however incredibly fitting due to the shows Slice-of-life nature.

Because of the well-written storyline and the great acting, you will start rooting for the main two characters hoping they will get that final happy ending, because as you could’ve guessed, the story isn’t a light one. It’s about acceptance, Overcoming trials without giving up, family and so much more.

So why do you need to watch this? The well written story combined with great actors deliver a touching emotional story. This show will stay with you for a long time. It is one of those shows that makes you ponder for a bit while remembering the show, coming to the conclusion that it was a great watch.

So I heartily recommend it to anyone who doesn’t dislike slice-of-life shows. Because if you do watch it, you are in for a treat.
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Similar stories where the it is not the parents who choose their sons are sons chose their parents.
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    Mirasama 28 days ago - edited

    Where can I watch this? I couldn't find anywhere.....

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    DestroyahFinalForm Jun 28, 2017

    that first episode is really cool!!! but the story seems easy to predict

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    Shay Jun 8, 2017
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    souldoc70 Apr 17, 2017

    Great drama! "There are three types of people in this world- man, woman and Mother". So true! Simple drama with strong message - Mana Ashida and Yasuko Matsuyaki were fantastic!

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    Alaa Mar 30, 2017 - edited

    why does the cover look like a horror movie

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      Joowonholic Apr 6, 2017

      Lol. i second that. It do looks creepy. :D

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      bishh 12 days ago

      I was about to comment the same thing! :o

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    tompark Dec 7, 2016 - edited

    Still to this day, this keeps being my favorite JDrama. Totally recommend!

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    SailorMoonCostume Aug 16, 2016

    Really surprising. How can this be so good? I advise to watch it if you hesitate.

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    Marti Aug 12, 2016 - edited

    Wow just WOW!
    i don't think i will be able to handle this drama :/ only during the first episode & it's already so touching :'(
    i'm still going to persevere through though </3

    EDIT: One of the most BEAUTIFUL dramas EVER! i just can't even ... :')

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    Rokurota Jul 24, 2016

    Some Oscar-Worthy Cinematography ✔
    Engaging Plot ✔
    Jaw-Dropping Acting by Mana Ashida ✔
    Great Soundtrack ✔

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    BANNEDuser Jun 21, 2016

    Nao will always be the best female in all tv hiatory.
    Rena cutest human alive.

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    DragonballMerchandise May 31, 2016

    It was a great drama!

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    Fortuna May 27, 2016

    Remains at the top of my all-time drama faves.

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    Marooya May 16, 2016 - edited

    How could someone possibly low rate this? How is that possible, I mean this makes me want to low rate every drama I've watched that's how striking it is.

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      NHK95 Jun 5, 2016

      you're damn right!...but who rated this low?

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      Marooya Jun 7, 2016

      I have no idea how could someone rate this as low as 1! :(

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      BANNEDuser Jul 5, 2016

      Rating this drama 9 is bad.
      Either a 10 or 9.5 .
      This drama is an excellent example for the worst situation we could encounter. Someone is being harassed and what can you do? Nao shows you how it's done

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    sweetdream Apr 20, 2016
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    doragon Apr 17, 2016

    Omg! Cant believe I just watch this drama only now...
    Very good drama, emotional, superb acting, very realistic ..
    I should rest for a while before starting new drama cause this drama left me very deep emotion...


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    Apr 14, 2010 to Jun 23, 2010
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    45 min.


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    8.8 (scored by 1,538 users)
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