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  1. Wow, this is one tense, fast-paced, exciting thriller! I know that it's still early, but I think this will be one of the best Kdrama thrillers that I've ever seen. Shin Ha Kyun is rocking the detective role. I have always thought that he is a very good actor who can play a wide range of characters (having seen him in Harvest Villa and The Villainess), and he is very good here too. Lee Seol is also doing some solid work as the psychopath who will help SHK's character. The two of them have developed a hot and twisted chemistry that makes me want to see them together more and more. Overall, this couldn't have gotten off to a better start! 2018 has been a very good year for Kdramas (with Mother, Misty, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, etc.), and I look forward to closing out the year with a bang by following Less Than Evil
  2. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this before, but Kim Tae Woo's character here reminds me a lot of the one he played in "God's Gift: 14 Days". This drama continues to be one of the best so far in 2018. I hope the writer, director and cast can keep this up.
  3. After "Mother" and "Misty", this drama has been the one that I've enjoyed following the most. The acting by both lead actresses is great, the mixture of thriller, drama, and comic relief elements has been perfect up to now, and I can't wait for new episodes to come every week. It's an interesting coincidence that 2 of my top 3 shows for 2018 have "mother" in the titles, and are about mothers or motherly figures.
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    Congrats to the Mother team! The awards that it got (Best Drama and Best New Actress for HY) were totally deserved. On a side note, LBY looked stunning walking on the red carpet with HY by her side...
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    Isn't Misty also Kim Nam Joo's comeback project after a very long hiatus? She may also get some extra votes due to that... Don't get me wrong, she did a great job in Misty, and that drama is my second favorite drama for this year (of course you all know what my most favorite drama is ). However, I would rank LBY's performance in Mother a bit higher than KNJ's performance. I actually found Ji Jin Hee's performance the best one in Misty.
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    I saw today that the Mother team is up for several awards in the 54th BaeksangArts Awards 2018: . Mother was nominated for Best TV Drama . LBY was nominated for Best Actress . Heo Yool was nominated for Best New Actress . Kim Chul Kyu was nominated for Best Director I hope they all will win. They all deserve the recognition. These nominations came earlier than I expected. I thought that usually awards shows take place at the end of the year?
  7. The first couple of episodes of this drama have got me a bit torn: I appreciated the fine acting by everyone involved (especially Han Hye Jin, who I would say carried these 2 episodes with her beautiful acting, while portraying a wide range of emotions very convincingly) and really wanted to root for the drama, but on the other hand, was somewhat puzzled and frustrated by it. The writer spent a considerable amount of effort establishing the fact that HJ and DY love each other at the beginning of Episode 1. But then HJ (and the drama itself) didn't give a satisfying answer to DY's question: if she finds out that she has a terminal illness, why would she want to fall in love with a total stranger instead of with her husband whom she obviously loves? A more realistic course of action from the heroine would be to stand up to the ex-girlfriend who is trying to lure her husband away, defend their marriage, and get the love and support from her husband as a source of strength to fight her disease. I respect and like all the actors involved, so I will stick with the drama and hope that it will eventually give a good answer to this tough but fundamental question. Hopefully, everyone's good acting (especially HHJ's as mentioned above) won't be undermined by a script that requires their characters to make questionable and (so far, imo) unrealistic decisions.
  8. I have always thought that Han Hye Jin looks great, and is kind of underrated as an actress. I've always seen Yoo In Young with short hair, but I must say she looks fantastic with the long hair... This looks promising! I may check it out, to fill the void that "Mother" left behind when it ended last week.
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    This was her first time writing a drama screenplay. She had written scripts for several well-known movies like The Handmaiden (which I’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t had the chance to) or Thirst, a quirky vampire movie.
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    Well, I finally have some time to write a review. Work has been so hectic… Where to begin? Ok, to be completely honest, I came to this drama partly because I had heard that the original Japanese version was highly acclaimed, but mainly because I’m a huge Lee Bo Young fan I’ll watch anything that LBY is in… However, this drama exceeded all my expectations in terms of the acting, directing, music, everything… So I find myself becoming totally invested in the journey of these fictitious characters, and looking forward to a couple of new episodes every week, not simply because I’m an LBY fan, but because I’ve become a “Mother” fan. So I’ll attempt to first give a review of this gem of a drama, and at the end, I’ll put on my fanboy hat and give some props to the Queen herself. The acting, by everyone involved, was fantastic. Kudos to the actors/actresses of course, but some credit must go to the director, Kim Cheol Kyu, who got the best out of all the cast members. I had seen his work in the drama Hwang Jin Yi with Ha Ji Won, and was impressed then, but I think that he has outdone himself in Mother. The editing in this drama was also top-notch, and really served to heighten the tension in some scenes. In particular, in the scene in Episode 1 where the Uncle was choking Hye Na and putting lipstick on her, the cutting between what was happening to Hye Na and images of things that she liked (which she conjured up in her mind as a way to escape her tragic reality) was particularly effective. It is one of the best shot, best edited scenes that I’ve seen. Heo Yool was incredible, especially since this was her debut performance. She is such a natural… The stand-out moments in her performance, to me, were when Yoon Bok and Soo Jin were separated by the police, and when Yoon Bok pleaded with Soo Jin over the phone to kidnap her one more time. Heo Yool’s acting in those moments was so heart-breaking, it moved me to tears no matter how many times I watched those scenes. I think we have just witnessed the birth of a STAR, and I really hope that her agency (which is the same agency that handles LBY) will provide the support and guidance necessary to make her career blossom, because it would be a tragedy if her natural talents are somehow wasted. The actresses playing Soo Jin’s bio and adoptive mothers both gave stellar performances. I was equally impressed and moved by their portrayals of their characters until the last couple of episodes, where Lee Hye Young’s portrayal of the actress mom, especially the dying scene that she imbued with so much quiet dignity, ended up leaving more of a mark in my memory. Of course, no matter how talented the actresses and actors are, they can’t really shine unless they’re given a script that has enough depth of characterization to allow them to fully showcase their abilities. Therefore, much praise must go to Jeong Seo Kyeong for delivering a world-class script featuring a tightly-woven plot, rich and realistic characters, and wonderful dialogue. I believe that she is, in real life, a mother of 3 children, and maybe she was able to draw from her experience as a mother to create all the memorable mother characters in the show. It was a smashing debut for her in drama land, and I really look forward to more beautiful drama screenplays from her. Now, let me put my fanboy hat on… Ok, what can I say about LBY? First of all, she was the reason I got into watching Kdramas. A few years ago, I was bored with the stuff that was being shown on US TV, and was looking around at international fares for an alternate source of entertainment. I stumbled upon a series called God’s Gift: 14 Days. It was an eye-opening experience. The premise was refreshingly creative and different from the run-of-the-mill premises US shows were giving me. The tension, the action, cinematography, acting in each episode were comparable or, in many instances, better than what I saw in US series. But the key ingredient that made this series so memorable for me was its heroine, a beautiful, desperate mother doing everything she could to save her child. I couldn’t believe the emotional and physical challenges that LBY must have faced playing that character. I even learned from an interview that she did that LBY had a stunt double, but felt sorry for her double who was having a hard time with all the exhausting action scenes. So LBY volunteered to do some of the scenes herself, where she had to fall to the ground repeatedly, and get kicked and stomped on by “thugs” twice her size. I mean, seriously, what other A-list actress does that? Needless to say, I became a fan after that series, and sought out more works of hers to watch. She was great in My Daughter Seo Young and I Hear Your Voice as well. She possesses a rare combination of elegance, beauty, charms and acting skills. When I tried to picture who else might have that, I could only think of a Jennifer Connelly in her prime, but with the acting skills of a Meryl Streep. When I ran out of LBY series to watch, I started watching other Kdramas, and my love affair with Kdramas in general developed... The work that LBY did in Mother was nothing short of phenomenal. It was, most of the time, understated because she was playing a character who has built up a wall around herself as a survival mechanism due to the abuse and abandonment that she suffered as a child. However, when parts of the wall fell down and her emotions spilled out, their power was so strong that it was sometimes almost painful to watch (like when Soo Jin was arrested and taken away from Hye Na). That’s the power of LBY’s acting. Sometimes, I feel like LBY is not getting enough recognition and enough roles that she deserves because she is working in the youth-obsessed K-entertainment industry. However, recent dramas like Mother and Misty have given me hope that there are good roles being created for more mature actresses. Hopefully, I will get many more opportunities to watch her artistry on my screen in the future.
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    The dying scene of the actress Mom is very beautifully done, and Lee Hye Young impressed me so much with her acting in this drama. This series is a masterpiece. I will post my review for it later
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    Only the first episode of Mother will be screened for the judges in the competition. Probably festival attendees will only see that as well. The screening time will be at 12pm on April 9, and the winner will be announced on April 11. I'm cheering hard for the Mother team! This series deserves all the recognition and awards that it gets!
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    The drama "Mother" has been invited to compete in the Cannes International Series Festival on April 7-11. It is the only Asian drama to land in the top 10 (out of some 130 entries) and therefore is able to be a part of the competition. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/03/14/0200000000AEN20180314003600315.html
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    I'm normally a very law-abiding citizen, but the situation that Soo Jin and Hye Na find themselves in right now has got me thinking about ways (even illegal ones!) to bring "mother" and daughter together I was thinking that maybe the actress Mom can pay a nice couple to pretend to adopt Hye Na/Yoon Bok. Then, they can take her to some other country some time after, and Soo Jin can reunite with Yoon Bok there. Just a thought ...
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    [Drama 2018] Mother, 마더

    Wow, the last scene of Episode 13 ... I have no word! I almost couldn’t watch it ... The pain of both mother and daughter was so real, it seemed to jump off the screen... LBY has outdone herself, but that little girl HY, when she screamed “eomma”, it was probably the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever heard...
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