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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.
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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".
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This drama is not something easy to watch. We follow the story of a married couple, 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.
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