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Premiere Watch: Mother

 

Mother

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Melodrama
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: This has well-made drama written all over it. Lee Bo-young is starring, PD Kim Chul-kyu of the sharply directed Chicago Typewriter and On the Way to the Airport (also My Beautiful Bride and Hwang Jin-yi among his older works) is at the helm, and screenwriter Jung Seo-kyung of The Handmaiden, The Truth Beneath, and Thirst is making her drama debut with this project. That sets the bar pretty high, so the only question is whether I’ll be in the right mood to watch it.

Mother is a remake of the 2010 Japanese drama of the same name, about a teacher who discovers that a young girl is being abused by her mother at home. On an impulse, she decides to kidnap the child and run away, and they form a beautiful mother-daughter bond—an unusual premise, but a fascinating one. The drama explores blood ties, found families, the problematic morality of the teacher’s choice, and mother-daughter relationships of all kinds. It certainly doesn’t sound like a breezy watch, but I expect to be moved by the human drama, and brought to tears by Lee Bo-young. And probably get my heart ripped out by the little girl. Gah, can I handle this?

 
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fuck these damn finals

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🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 it is here

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If executed well, it would be one of my favourite dramas ever

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I am so excited for this. I am actually shaking in anticipation. Lee Bo-young? With this writer and director? With this source material? On tvN? I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a drama. The trailer looks awesome, too.

My expectations probably shouldn’t be so high but I can’t help it, gosh darn it! I need this in my life! Wednesday, come quicker! Does anyone know whether Viki or DF are picking this up?

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My expectations are incredibly high too lol I mean, with Lee Bo-young and this plot, can it be anywhere lower than that? I'd like to know that too, about Viki or DF. But, last time I checked, Viki still has it listed as a fan channel so idk

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Dramafever. Based on the news article that they released today.

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SO glad. I’ll take anything over Netflix. Also, I’ll always appreciate DF’s fast subs (compared to Viki lately). I’ll be refreshing the DF app constantly Wednesday afternoon.

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Yay! I was hoping DF would have it. Adding to the watch list.

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but haven't you noticed the severe lack of Kdrama licensing on DF lately? they are licensing tons of Cdramas, however... apparently the Cdrama market drives their focus now?

i'm going to cancel my subscription - i wrote to them as asked about the lack of Kdrama offerings... they just told me if i cancel, being one of the original subscribers, that i will not be able to get back in at that initial rate of $39.95/yr.

well, that ends that, doesn't it.

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I honestly think part of that issue is Kocowa. I don’t know the specifics of Kocowa’s relationship with Viki and DramaFever but they seem to have a more direct relationship with Viki. DF is probably getting left behind when it comes to licensing because of it.

This is pure speculation on my part and I don’t know what’s actually happening.

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I'm ready to watch Lee Bo-young rock another one of her roles! I've been reallllyyy anticipating this drama ever since I read the plot. I haven't seen the Japanese version, so I have nothing to compare this with, but I'm sure it's going to be amazing :) with a lot of crying, screaming, and (maybe) laughing/smiling

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Cab I handle this? I think I can only handle it by collectively holding Beanies' hands, and arms, and legs. Basically perpetual hugs, with a cup of hot cocoa on standby.

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Yes, you can handle this. We can all handle this. TOGETHER!

It hasn’t even begun airing yet but I will not let this show fly under the Beanie radar! I will tie everyone down and force them to watch if I have to! I will post ALL the screencaps on the Beanie wall, even if they’re just of Lee Bo-young’s beautiful face! This show will not be ignored!

As long as the first episode doesn’t suck. But like, I feel like there is a 0.01% of that happening.

I really should not be this excited.

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Love your fierce declaration, mindy!

Yes, let's all run away with this drama, willing to suffer through the Stockholm Syndrome as its hostage while building the irrefutable bond on the Beanie wall!

Take notice, Mother!

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Now I feel I better watch it when it airs - rather than marathoning it afterwards - because I'll need the moral support. As long as I can get it in my region.

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I have watched the first ep, finally, after all the other dramas on my list ended.

It was reeeeeeally reeeeeally hard to watch.

But the issues are real, and everything (especially that kid's mother and that her boyfriend) made me want to punch my screen and burn it.

Arrrggghhhh those two!!! Cant they just jump off the window and go to heaven instead of the duck, the mouse and that boy?

How can human be that cruel? To a child!

And that mother!! Is she human?? She just left her child in the trash bag, wounded, harrassed, in front of the house, in freezing cold night! If her teacher didnt find that girl, she would be dead already. Why--How-- geez, I'm lost for words. It infuuuuuriates me!!!

Can I handle 16 eps of this???? Arghhhh

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If episode 2 is anything to go by, the rest of the episodes won’t be quite as hard to watch—at least not in the same way and to the same extent. I’m curious to see how this week’s episodes play out.

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I think I need a support system while watching this drama. Just the trailers already made me emotional. It looks sooooo good! Morea like a movie quality than a weekly drama. I am excited.

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This drama has extremely good quality. Directing, writing, acting, plot, execution, everything.

By the looks of it, viewers will probably experience a mixture of wanting to reach inside the screen to kill these evil people and miserably crying for the child and teacher. I mean, who places a child in a trash bag and leave her to die in the curb (literally) in cold weather?!

I will have to wait til it ends to binge it. I will die of agony waiting for weekly episodes. I was hoping DB will recap this because I could probably forego of watching it and just stick to reading the recaps. I have a weak heart for heavy drama, especially involving abuse, more so abuse of a child. I actually came here to check for recap.

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I was with you when you talked up the quality...then I read the concept. Not sure I can handle that type of drama at present. I need more sunny comedies to keep me sane through this super cold winter!

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With that director, writer, and actors, this drama is already so high class.

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Just hoping it won't be on Netflix or else the wait for subs will be long.

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Looks like DramaFever has it!

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Oh yeahhhh thanks for the info!

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My question is, do they really need 16 episodes for this story?? I mean, this show has zero appeal to me. I don't know most of the cast either (Never watched any of LBY drama). Anyway, regardless of how I feel, I'm pretty sure this would be a ratings success. It has "hit" written all over it

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Does any k-drama ever need 16 episodes though? I personally would be fine with 10-12... but I suppose it depends on the story.

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Yesss, it's finally airing! I've been waiting for this since they first announced it. I hope it's going to be able to live up to our expectations.

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With the combination of everyone in this drama, it's difficult not to have a high expection. Looks like Wednesday - Thursday will be conquered by ladies (Go Hyun-jung for Return).

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"This Mishil" always rule!

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Lee Boyoung is really so pretty! I hope I will like her character.

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Supposedly the original Japanese version was based on a true incident. Of course "based on" can mean a pretty loose interpretation.

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This drama set the bar high to me.... Already wanting to watch Kim Chul Kyu's drama in a more serious project. Can't wait to see what this writers will offer in a drama format since for me writing a good drama is more challenging for writers in my opinion.

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Anyone know who plays the child? :D

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a new comer

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I don't know If this show is for me, but I love Lee Bo-Young, so I'll watch the first episode. I really hope I can like this, but we'll see

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No, I can't handle this...there will be too much angst and tears.

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Do not watch it. Too heavy. You will die of misery ahead of the abused child. I watched the premiere and my mouth was left hanging open for probably half of it because of how unbelievably evil some people can be. I felt dizzy with how mad I was from watching it.

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Just watched it today and if ep 1 makes me feel like punching the screen and burn it.

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Everything about the Japanese version is so much better. Every plot element change the Korean version has made weakens the story or makes it less rewarding to watch than the original Japanese version.

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