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These uncanny tales reveal a world where individuals face the tragic consequences of social pressure, parental oppression and family dysfunction. Hostage by test scores. Tyrannized by motherly attention. Their lives are no longer their own - and they must measure up. 1 Mother's Remote (媽媽的遙控器) 2 Child of the Cat (貓的孩子) 3 The Last Day of Molly (茉莉的最後一天) 4 Peacock (孔雀) 5 ADHD is Necessary (必須過動) (Source: Netflix) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Ni De Hai Zi Bu Shi Ni De Hai Zi: Bei Kao Shi Bang Jia De Jia Ting Gu Shi Yi Wei Jia JIao Lao Shi De Jian Zheng" (你的孩子不是你的孩子:被考試綁架的家庭故事 一位家教老師的見證) by Wu Xiao Le (吴晓乐). Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 5
  • Aired: Jul 7, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: PTS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 358 users)
  • Ranked: #4349
  • Popularity: #7206
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Cast & Credits

  • Kelly Ko in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Kelly Ko
    {Mother's Remote} Chen Shu Li (Ep. 1)
    Main Role
  • Troy Liu in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Troy Liu
    {Mother's Remote} Chi Pei Wei (Ep. 1)
    Main Role
  • Chung Hsin Ling in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Chung Hsin Ling
    {Child of the Cat} Mrs. Zhong (Ep. 2)
    Main Role
  • Hsiu Fu Liu in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Hsiu Fu Liu
    {Child of the Cat} Zhong Kuo Yen (Ep. 2)
    Main Role
  • Gingle Wang in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Gingle Wang
    {The Last Day of Molly} Lin Molly (Ep. 3)
    Main Role
  • Ivy Yin in On Children Taiwanese Drama (2018)
    Ivy Yin
    {The Last Day of Molly} Mrs. Lin (Ep. 3)
    Main Role

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Completed
Zypker124
8 people found this review helpful
Jan 27, 2019
5 of 5 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
The best Mandarin drama I have watched, by a large margin. It's on Netflix right now, so TL;DR - It's a must watch, especially for those of Asian descent.

NON-SPOILER SUMMARY - On Children is very similar to Black Mirror, except re-contextualized to address the problems of Asian society and the over-prevalent competitive and stress culture present there. It is an anthology series of 5 episodes, each clocking in at around 90 minutes, so I wouldn't recommend binge watching (especially given how heavy each episode is).

STORY - A++. The story is slow but meaningfully paced and is seemingly absent of obvious plot holes. Each episode focuses on similar yet different problems with the way Asian society treats the kids of the future as little more than their grade-point averages. What puts this drama above and beyond (hence the A++) is how each episode manages to give out their own critique; it goes beyond expectations of being "just good art" and actually tries to send home a message for each episode.

CHARACTERS/ACTING - Nearly flawless. This is the most talented ensemble of actors/actresses I've seen, given just how much range and difficulty each main character in the episode undergoes. Because they don't focus on more characters than they have to, you really get to spend time with the actor/actress behind the character and see them spectacularly deliver a wide spectrum of subtle emotions.

My biggest "flaw" with the show was the pacing. Because On Children focuses heavily on the cinematic/artistic parts of sending home their messages, there's a lot of "empty/dead space" void of dialogue where it's often just shots of some background, and while I do appreciate it for its artistic value, I do think ~10 minutes can be cut off from each episode and still no scenes of dialogue/importance would be cut.

For those who are curious, my rankings of the episodes are EP2=EP4>EP1>EP3>EP5.

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Completed
BoiceInPink
3 people found this review helpful
Aug 11, 2020
5 of 5 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

An Asian / Taiwanese attempt on a Black Mirror-esque show

TLDR; This is an anthology series. Every episode is a emotional and has great plot. It gets you to reflect about parenting and parental expectations on their children.

Story
As an Asian, the plots are very relatable. Every episode shares about a different household with the varying parent-child dynamics. You will notice that in each household, the mothers have very set and clear expectations of their children. These expectations clash with the desires of the children thus resulting in conflicts between them. Definitely allows viewers to reflect on Asian's concept of reciprocal filial piety and its effects.

I rated the story highly as each episode is highly developed. Although the narratives are not highly unusual, what made this show unique would be the dabble on sci-fi and dystopian (esp for episode 5) themes. I highly enjoyed the attempt!

Acting
There were great actors throughout. I did not rate a full 10 / 10 because I noticed there were quite a few young actors on the show. They were a bit more awkward then the older actors but it was not too bad.

Rewatch Value
As someone who does not usually rewatch shows, for this show I certainly would pick out Ep 1, 2 & 3 to rewatch or simply just share with the people around me.

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Details

  • Drama: On Children
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 5
  • Aired: Jul 7, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: PTS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 358 users)
  • Ranked: #4349
  • Popularity: #7206
  • Watchers: 1,306

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