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Drama Details
Telecast:2010-04-14 to 2010-06-23
Season:Spring 2010

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TV Station:NTV
Duration:11 Episodes

Nao Suzuhara is 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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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Nakigao Smile [hinaco]

Actor/Actress Cast (13)
Matsuyuki Yasuko
Suzuhara Nao
Yamamoto Koji
Fujiyoshi Shunsuke
Sakai Wakana
Suzuhara Mei
Kurashina Kana
Suzuhara Kaho
Ashida Mana
Michiki Reina
Ono Machiko
Michiki Hitomi
Kawamura Yosuke
Kimata Kohei
Ichikawa Miwako
Yuzukawa Tamami
Oto Takuma
Kayama Keigo
Tanaka Minoru
Fujiyoshi Kensuke
Ayano Go
Uragami Masato
Takahata Atsuko
Suzuhara Toko
Tanaka Yuko
Mochizuki Hana

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1. Official Site

Drama Reviews (7)
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1. boring boring. [Rating: 5/10]
i had expectations because the writer who wrote this also wrote watashitachi no kyoukasho. also people hyping it up saying it's the best drama that it's up there with jin blahblahblah. and i say HELL no.

And so even though the first ep was slow and boring and they barely talked (so much silence and lack of BGM) I thought just like WTNK it'll pick up etc. However it did not. It does get more MELODRAMATIC & the BGM did not incresa :(. the meloDRAMA's nowhere near the levels of 14 sai no haha (now this drama is so embarrassing) but umm... it's still cringy and embarrassing to watch.

I don't like the lead actress that much. she always makes the same face, and she always whispers during you know those type of scenes... it's just boring.

i fast/forwarded/ skipped after ep 5 and i felt like i should have done that earlier. ep 8 was about the stuff i wanted to know but still it wasn't much. If you really like SLOW MELODRAMATIC dramas with minimal/below minimal background music then do WATCH IT. the melodrama that was in hanayori dango or 14 sai

It's nowhere near JIN fer sure. mother just tries to make the watcher cry instead of making a good drama with a good storyline/acting etc.. i would suggest watching watashitachi no kyoukasho INSTEAD to see how much talent the writer has.

GOOD POINT: I like the theme song nakigao smile by hinaco.
Reviewed by howtwosave on 18 August 2010
2. a must-watch [Rating: 9/10]
Wonderful drama, great performances from all the cast. The main strength of this drama is the script, the writers treated difficult topics like child abuse and adoption with sensitivity and never took the easy way out. The backstory of Reina/Tsugumi's mother is quite an eye-opener, the drama makes no excuses for her failure to protect her daughter while helping you to understand how she ended up the way she did.
There was just one thing I found annoying about this drama: too much of the dialogue is whispered, often in scenes where it makes no sense to whisper.
Reviewed by zelie on 19 July 2010
3. Serious drama that feels like you're watching a mo [Rating: 9/10]
Very serious drama unlike your typical serious JDoramas (Last Friends, White Spring, Smile etc.). No overacting in "Mother", just a strong lead actress and a strong and excellent performance by the little girl... she will be an actress to watch out for in the future! The things I love about JDoramas that make them so different from North American dramas, I didn't find in Mother. So the acting and story really had to carry the series through... and it did! Compelling story that will melt your heart and shed a tear.
Reviewed by Spider on 17 August 2010
4. A triumph [Rating: 10/10]
The only problem with this drama is that most others won't be able to measure up.

Every episode had chracters that interacted like real people in real situations and the end of every episode from the first to the 10th was suspensful and made the viewer on edge to see the next episode. Great ending which actually is rare, many great Doramas have not been able to end well.
Reviewed by Electro43 on 8 May 2011
5. Probably the best dorama ever made. [Rating: 10/10]
oh my god.
Just finished watching this series. I simply just can not get my tears to stop flowing.
Probably the best Dorama i have ever watched! Really can't decide if this or 1 litre of tears gets the 1st place on my list.
I dont think i've ever watched something with this much impact. Incredible acting, especially from Nao and Tsugumi.
Reviewed by Doff on 25 June 2010
6. beautiful and wonderful [Rating: 10/10]
I've only watched three episodes but I love it already, I also see how it wouldn't suite some peoples tastes. Even though I just started I'd say it's kind of like Aoi Tori without Anne Suzuki, the girl does good but she's not Anne, I think I'll write more when I finish especially if the ending is different from what I'm guessing
Reviewed by Sajen16 on 25 January 2011
7. Best dorama I've seen yet [Rating: 10/10]
Granted I haven't seen many jdoramas, this is the one that got me hooked and now addicted. Ashida Mana is incredible at such a young age. Cannot believe this is not on Top 100 list. Outrage, I tell you!
Reviewed by 0ldboy on 13 December 2011

Comments From Users (25)
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1. Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]
A truly impeccable series, and certainly one of the best I watched in 2010. Matsuyuki Yasuko was lovely and soft-spoken, but timed her outbursts well. The little girl playing her daughter was utterly adorable. Actually, I was surprised by the series. However, pleasantly so. I expected it to follow the somewhat crazed relationship between a kidnapper and her kidnapping victim, with them experiencing some kind of mutual stockholm syndrome (which, in truth, they did), but it ended up being about the relationship between a mother and her child on so many different levels. In fact, there were a multitude of mothers portrayed in the series, and I loved the generational aspect and how each of their mother-daughter relationships complimented and contrasted each other. In the end I was moved to tears. No matter how unbelievable it might seem, they truly became mother and daughter.
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 9/10]
I had some issues with the pacing; I think they should have spent more time wandering around at the beginning before they end up at the mother's house in Tokyo, and the flashback episode about Rena's real mother was horrible; the entire episode should have been cut. Also the melodrama increases as the show progresses which is disappointing but to be expected from J-drama, thankfully it never goes overboard enough to ruin it. But regardless of any flaws it's an extremely emotionally moving drama, enough so that I more than once found myself experiencing a distinct teary-eyed sensation, something that pretty much never happens to me. It's really not quite "the greatest drama ever" that a lot of people are making it out to be, and I think it will largely be forgotten in time, but it is definitely a must see.
3. Comments by orange1806 [Rating: 10/10]
Thought provoking and very touching. The theme on "mother-daughter" relationship was brought out really well, though I actually wouldnt mind if the series had explored each mother-daughter relationship even deeper. The cast was superbly outstanding. Been a fan of Matsuyuki Yasuko since Kyumei Byotou 2. She's got style, and did really well in this drama. Cant believe the little actress is only 5! She's amazing at her age. Tanaka Yuko portrayed the role really well too. The ending was a little sad for me, but I guess it's probably the most befitting ending to the show..
4. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 9/10]
Mother is the only drama ever that made me shed a tear or two. It's a proper drama carried by a series of strong female characters ranging from the 5 year old child actress to the seasoned mother figures. It tackles a broad range of serious traumas (what a chilly first episode). I admit, emotional buttons are pushed shamelessly but the characters have dignity and strength, it's easily forgiven.
5. Comments by dokaben [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this after "Soredemo, Ikite Yuku" because it was by the same writer. Decent, but not as strong or smooth. From the first episode on I couldn't help but think, "This isn't going to end well." Excellent acting, intriguing plot, some deep thoughts on the sacrifice of mothers, but it just didn't grab me. It also seemed to rely on many unbelievable coincidences.
6. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 8/10]
Good cast, strong performance by all. Well written - touching moments throughout, annoyances few and far between. There's several stories - much of the cast with their own personal issues - adds to the interest. It is slow paced so make it relaxed viewing.
7. Comments by temmahkrik [Rating: 10/10]
The best drama I've ever seen, hands-down. The acting is incredible, the story is paced perfectly, and the little girl could give lessons to any number of older actresses on technique; she is a natural. This series has the biggest heart. Prepare to sob.
8. Comments by strawberryfzz [Rating: 9/10]
Kudos to Matsuyuki Yasuko and the little actress playing Rena (I can't believe she's only 5 years old D:). Every episode made me teary-eyed at least once. The ending seemed fair and appropriate.
9. Comments by AnnicaR [Rating: 8/10]
Ashida Mana was a very good actress, and she did such a good job with the character :D The storyline was beautiful! strongly recomended!
10. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 10/10]
Okay, a lot of the characters make bad/irrational decisions but this is a really touching drama.The entire female cast was excellent.
11. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: 5/10]
average - At first it is authentic and down-to-earth but sadly it becomes more melodramatic with every episode.
12. Comments by Spider [Rating: 9/10]
Very strong performances and no over acting in this Drama! Feels more like a long movie at times than a drama.
13. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 10/10]
A must watched drama, one of the best drama. Ashida Mana was superb at a very young age.
14. Comments by shinjitsu [Rating: 7/10]
I'd give it 7.5 if I could. Character based drama may be too slow for some
15. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 9/10]
Best drama of 2010! Excellent script and great performances by all the cast.
16. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
take out tissues pls!!tear jerker...tht Rena-Tsugumi so kawaiiii
17. Comments by irwinner [Rating: 8/10]
Pretty good story once you get past the initial drag.
18. Comments by DoramaQ [Rating: 9/10]
Will continue to recommend this drama to my friends.
19. Comments by ediith [Rating: ?/10]
(2012-03-15) - (2012-03-xx)

11th drama watched
20. Comments by yeoni [Rating: 10/10]
Just perfect...
21. Comments by DoramaOnna [Rating: 6/10]
Six out of ten.
22. Comments by Taira-Panku [Rating: 10/10]
Amazing Drama!
23. Comments by oldpilot [Rating: 9/10]
Very good.
24. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 7/10]
25. Comments by niknik [Rating: 10/10]
26. Comments by Pantheria [Rating: 5/10]
27. Comments by kyoihishi [Rating: 8/10]
28. Comments by degenxsn [Rating: 8/10]
29. Comments by Doramako [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by sfsjkid [Rating: ?/10]

Users who voted for this drama (10)
1. 0ldboy
Best dorama I've seen yet. Can't believe its not on Top 100 List. Outrage! We need More Votes~
2. robetella
One of the best drama ever watched apart from 1LOT.
3. DoramaQ
This was an excellent drama!
4. Doff
Best Dorama ever made.
5. Sajen16
6. kamikaze54
7. Susan
8. niknik
9. 20 century boy
10. mushroomsoup