Genre: Suspense, Melodrama
Written by: Chung Seo-kyung
Directed by: Kim Cheol-kyu
Starring: Lee Bo-young, Heo Yool, Lee Hye-young
Number of episodes: 16
Average rating: 3.8%
Original network: tvN
So, this is my first 2018 drama that I watched and going to review now. Intended to post this yesterday, but I just want to take a little break as I just finished my midterm. Hope you guys don’t mind though!
And this is not related to the review, but if you read my last post, I just want to give you all a little update. I’m feeling much better now and I learnt several things during this “rough” period for the past month. I will make a post about this soon, so stay tuned if you’re interested.
But anyway, for now let’s jump into the review.
Fact #10: I never go to a concert, would love to one day.
What’s it about?
This drama is all about women, how a woman can make all the difference in the world. Every woman in this drama is strong in their own way. Some are mothers by nature, some have the love of a mother, and some just don’t deserve to be one. It’s about how such a perfect love exists in the figure of a mother.
What to expect?
- Very very well-written plot
- Some hard-to-watch scenes (related to child-abuse)
- Strong female characters
- Beautiful cinematography
- Heartwarming life lessons
- Tearing up (I warned you)
- The most hateful villain ever probably
What not to expect?
- Too much of a suspense
- Beautiful soundtrack
- Perfect happy ending for everyone
My long review starts here
Let me start by telling you that this is the kind of drama that spoke to me deeply on a personal level.
But because of that, I don’t think that it is for everyone. Especially if you are used to the usual K-dramas where it is all about romance and love. But I will highly recommend this drama to everyone to watch, it gave me new perspective on things and it’s just something that warmed my heart and made me feel good.
This drama isn’t perfect by any means. In fact, I find the last few episodes rather slow and a bit draggy. But despite I wish the ending could be a bit better (I wish Soo-jin and Jin-hong could have gotten together) but I still appreciate how everything ends. This drama never tried to be perfect, just like how life itself is never perfect.
I think the strongest point of this drama is the female characters. They are some of the most goddamn awesome heroines I have ever come across in a long time. I will talk about them each individually here because I just love them so much.
First, Soo-jin, our main character, once again Lee Bo-young blew me away with her performance. I have always been a big fan of her since I Hear Your Voice followed by God’s Gift, disappointed by Whisper, and now love her again in Mother. She just knew how to bring dimension to her character just by her facial expression. Her character always appears strong and badass, but classy at the same time.
I love how the journey with Hye-na has made her character grew in a way that never even happened in 10 years. And how it also made the people around them grew, to be more stronger and mature in life.
Not a big fan of Yi-jin at the beginning, but I love how she turned a new leaf and become a better person than she was before. I thought she was going to be a villain, but she was just a little selfish, that’s all. I love her ending the most among all the characters. And her twins are just so adorable, aren’t they?
The most heartbreaking story goes to Soo-jin and her birth mother. I know that it is expected, but still, the dynamic between the duo is just wonderful. Especially the scene where mom asked Soo-jin if she wanted to die with her and she refused, saying that she wanted to live. I could feel my body trembled as I was watching that moment. Gosh…
Ja-young, oh do I really need to talk about her here? For those who have watched the show, I don’t need to explain how much I despised her right? I just can’t believe my own hears hearing every word that comes out of her mouth. I despise her that much. Well, probably it means that Ko Sung-hee did an stellar job here for her character though.
Hye-na, I never felt this strongly about a child character before. Never. I’m not very fond of children, but Hye-na is different for me. Well, I should call her Yoon-bok though, shouldn’t I? I just can’t stand watching any sort abuse, whether it be child-abuse or abusive relationship). Gosh.. those child-abuse moments were so painfully hard to watch that all I wanted to do was cry with those children. Nothing can justify Seol-ak’s action, not even his terrible childhood memories. I don’t even want to talk about him here because all I want to do is to kill him multiple times myself. He got away too easily in my opinion, but I guess the main plot isn’t all about the crime after all, it’s far more deeper than that.
Saving two of my favourites for last, the first one is Young-shin. She’s my ultimate favourite character in this drama, even more than Soo-jin. She’s the type of woman that I think of as my role model. Strong, beautiful, and unstoppable at the same time. Heartbreaks did not stop her from living her life and making it her own. She did not need anyone to make her feel complete, she already had everything that she need within herself and she did not stop there. She gave the example that such a perfect love could exist even without blood relation. She is indeed a queen here.
Another of my favourite is Hyun-jin. On the outside, she may seems like the complete opposite of Young-shin and some may think of her as the “weakest” out of a bunch. But I disagree with that, she is amazing in my opinion. She held on strong to her principles without wavering. She never forced herself to look confident, she had her weak moments, but at the end of the day she chose to be strong by herself. She is so family-oriented that she chose her family over her dreams. I just adore this girl so much, I wish to see more of her story.
I love how this drama did not try so hard with its twists. They brought out the story in the most “realistic” way if realism is possible in K-dramas. I love the metaphor of birds that describe Soo-jin and Yoon-bok’ lives. There are just endless good things I can say about this drama. As I said before, this drama just made me feel good watching it. I want to be a part of their stories, I wish the world has more people like them that are strong and sincere at the same time.
Let’s end this review with a favourite quote of mine from this drama:
Soo-jin: I don’t need such extravagant clothes.
Young-shin: Why not?
Soo-jin: I have nowhere to go with these sorts of clothes on.
Young-shin: You can go anywhere if you wear clothes like these, Soo-jin! No man will overstep his bounds toward a woman who is dressed in a refined way. So, even in your weakest moment, your clothes will protect you.
Soo-jin: I’d like it if I could be the one to protect myself at any time, instead.
I agree with both of them honestly.
Last but not least
Subjectively speaking, this is not my ultimate favourite. But I never regret any second I spent on this drama. It truly is a hidden gem and very underrated in my opinion. You really should give it a try, it will change your life at least from the way you think/see life, hopefully.