The Best of Asian Drama Moms (aka Happy Mother's Day from MDL)

The Best of Asian Drama Moms

So let me say something before we even begin:  

Happy Mother’s Day!

This a gentle reminder to all of you kiddos on this site with moms to give her an extra special hug today, and for those of you lovely lady residents of Mydramalist who are moms, well… as I said before, Happy Mother’s Day! What am I doing for Mother’s Day? I’m leaving the state and going on vacation without my mom (aiigoo.. eoma mianhamnida!) But because I knew this was happening, I decided to make this special tribute to her and great moms like her, who just so happen to be from the dramas. No evil conniving women in this post - this is dedicated to the best moms of Asian drama (that I have had the fortune to meet with). Please share your favorite moms in the comments below, and maybe with your own moms too?

In no particular order we have,

Atashinchi no Danshi - Mineta Chisato
Played by: Horikita Maki


Well if she didn’t take on the task of motherhood all in one fell swoop! One day she’s nobody (relatively speaking), the next she’s married and widowed and has a house load of boys! Raising children may never look the same to some people after you’ve watched this drama, but hey - she did more than her duty! And she did it with style.

Heirs - Eun Chan’s and Kim Tan’s Mothers
Played by: Kim Mi Kyung and Kim Sung Ryung respectively


The mothers that turned the tide of Kdrama motherhood. Who doesn’t love these two? Sure there may have been some reservations at first over them accepting their children’s love, but I think they were too busy falling in love with each other to really bother - Kidding! But they were fabulous each; practically made to be written about in this article.

In Time With You - You Qing’s Mother
Played by: Lin Mei Xiu


The best mother figure by far (as far as comic value goes), but the best part of her role was that while yes, she served her lines for humor’s sake, she could also turn around and give some sound, very logical, and very motherly advice to not just her daughter, but to her daughter’s love interest as well. Besides, genuine bonding time. How rare is that in Asian drama?

Itazura na Kiss - Irie Naoki’s Mother
Played by: Nishimura Tomomi


Over the top she may well be - okay she’s way over the top - and if she didn’t happen to be dedicating her entire life to making a match of our lead characters, she wouldn’t be funny at all. But for the sake of her love and complete adoration of Kotoko at first sight, I am hereby guaranteed to love her for life (and giggle for eternity).

Jewel in the Palace - Court Lady Han (Jang Geum’s surrogate mother)
Played by: Yang Mi Kyung


This lady played one of the most pivitol roles in Jang Geum’s life, basically raising her as a child and gave more than her fair share of mentoring, nurturing, and love. I’m certain that in spite of all the women in Jang Geum’s life this was the lady she was most closest too on such a personal level, and it warrants motherhood status in my books.

Reply 1997 - Shi Won’s Mother
Played by: Lee Il Hwa


Isn’t this a great woman? Can anyone disagree? Sure she’s funny and hilarious, and along with her husband, she’s one half of an iconic Kdrama parent duo, but just think of all the things she did for her daughter, and her pseudo-kids, and for her family.

School 2013 - Teacher Jung
Played by: Jang Na Ra


Don’t try to tell me she wasn’t a mother-figure to each and everyone of her students. She whipped their butts into shape, got them to school, fed them, played their guardian when they were arrested by the police, and the worst part is they don’t even belong to her and she’s eventually going to lose them anyways. Now that’s a hard life worthy of our respect. Teacher Jung, I will forever respect you.

Back me up here! Not every Asian drama ‘mom’ is a despicable human being, despite the stereotypes! Some are actually beautifully drawn women with real cares and concerns who love their kids and their families and should be loved by us more as a collective audience. Let's set aside for a day those wretched mothers and mothers-in-law and look on the brighter side!

So has anyone been able to introduce and share drama watching time with your moms? Or did your mom get you into dramas? Or you moms, have you converted your kids yet? You know this is a very special task assigned to all of us… to share the love. I know I try to <3

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    Sara Jan 31, 2016

    love love love <3

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    Clara Jan 30, 2016

    Yo Yoshida plays a great mom in so many dramas:o!!!

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    dummykid Jul 22, 2014

    Also Jang Hye Seong's awesome mom. She scarified her life for the safety of her daughter :)

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    dummykid Jul 22, 2014

    Shiwon's mom is the best ♥ But shouldn't be Na Jung's mom have to be here? The Reply 1997 and 1994 mom are the best. Lee Il Hwa played both of the role. Oh and the It started with a kiss, Itazura na Kiss Love in Tokyo, Playful kiss male lead mom I love them ♥

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    Kimcat177 May 18, 2014
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    tiitek May 15, 2014

    Great choices! I agree Teacher Jung was a mother-figure and one of the best I've seen!

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    mintgum May 15, 2014

    Nice article! I liked every character you talked about. So much love in this post! <3

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    Archania May 13, 2014

    Queen Seon Deok - Seo Hwa to Deokman ... she was not her biological mother but it was really touching how she did everything for Deokman and also sacrificed her life for Doekman's, not because she was ordered to (well at first maybe) but because she genuinely loved her.

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    palak May 13, 2014

    I agree with this list! These are some of the best mom characters from dramas, especially Kyoto's mom from Itazura Na Kiss <3. I also love Lee Yeon Jae's mom from Scent of a Woman and the Queen Mother from King2Hearts :)

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    Stoofie May 12, 2014

    This is a great list! I love mothers in dramas, the actresses portray them so well you can understand how they feel for their child and can't help but cry if something happens to them.

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    BaoziCactus May 12, 2014

    I loved Jang Hye Sung's mother from I Hear Your Voice. She was really awesome--always believed in her daughter, and didn't cower to anybody.

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    ranimi May 12, 2014

    The mother from LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL....She definitely one of the best mother in dramaland....very supportive and understanding....especially towards his gay son....

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    Azzuritis May 11, 2014 - edited

    My all time favorite mother is Yoo Jung-Hwa from Angel Eyes.
    Such a heartwarming character!

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      joy_drama78 May 12, 2014

      Seriously, can I like virtually hug you right now --> aww shoot I'm gonna do it anyway **HUGS** I was about to comment that Mrs. Jung-Hwa (ssi) should definitely be #1 on this list :D Thank you for taking the words out of my mouth. <3 her character

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      TeaSONE9 May 12, 2014

      Omg JungHwa is like the best mother ever.Cried a river when she died,writers really know how to kill us.

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    Train May 11, 2014

    Thank you for this great article

    Happy Mother Day,

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    femmedesneiges May 11, 2014

    I watched Taiyou no Kisetsu with my mother and she fell in love with Tackey. He's her desktop background.

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