Mother Strikes Back - Otomesan

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  • Drama: Mother Strikes Back (English title)
  • Romaji: Otomesan
  • Japanese: おトメさん
  • Director: Keita Motohashi, Kazunari Hoshino
  • Writer: Yumiko Inoue
  • Network: TV Asahi
  • Episodes: 9
  • Release Date: January 17 - March 14, 2013
  • Runtime: Thursdays 21:00
  • TV Ratings: 11.5%
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

Asako Mizusawa (Hitomi Kuroki) suffers from her mother-in-law's abuse. Finally, her mother-in-law dies and Asako is relieved of her nightmare like existence. Two years later, her only son Yuta (Tomohiro Kaku) wants to marry Ririka (Saki Aibu). Asako and her husband Hiroyuki (Junichi Ishida) oppose their marriage. As a condition for their acceptance, Asako asks to live with them. Asako thinks Ririka will say no and give up marrying her son, but Ririka accepts the condition. Yuta and Ririka finally marry.

On the day Yuta and Ririka come back from their honeymoon, Asako doesn't know how to deal with them. Her husband Hiroyuki has yet to come home. Asako and Ririka begin to drink and they talk about Asako's deceaesd mother-in-law and her husband Hiroyuki's affair. While talking, they become comfortable and familiar with each other.

The next morning, Asako wakes up and learns that Ririka has already prepared breakfast. Asako happens to overhear a conversation from Ririka. Asako feels she can't trust Ririka anymore. A missing person case occurs with one of their neighbors. Detectives then arrive at their home.

Cast

Otomesan-Hitomi Kuroki.jpg Otomesan-Saki Aibu.jpg Otomesan-Junichi Ishida.jpg Otomesan-Tomohiro Kaku.jpg Otomesan-Yasuo Daichi.jpg
Hitomi Kuroki Saki Aibu Junichi Ishida Tomohiro Kaku Yasuo Daichi
Asako Mizusawa Ririka Mizusawa Hiroyuki Mizusawa Yuta Mizusawa Jiro Kuretake
Otomesan-Sawa Suzuki.jpg Otomesan-Asami Usuda.jpg Otomesan-Manami Fuji.jpg Otomesan-Etsuko Nami.jpg Otomesan-Ryuichi Oura.jpg
Sawa Suzuki Asami Usuda Manami Fuji Etsuko Nami Ryuichi Ohura
Miyuki Kajiwara Marumi Hayase Umeno Kajiwara Machiko Kitamura Taku Kajiwara
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Satoshi Jinbo
Shinya Ichizo

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Episode Ratings

Episode Date Ratings
(Kanto Region)
01 1/17/2013 13.6%
02 1/24/2013 12.1%
03 1/25/2013 10.6%
04 2/07/2013 9.3%
05 2/14/2013 10.4%
06 2/21/2013 10.7%
07 2/28/2013 10.9%
08 3/7/2013 11.4%
09 3/14/2013 13.6%
Average 11.5%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

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ace Hitomi Kuroki was splendid as the Mother-in-Law. I really felt for her. While I thought Saki Aibu did a decent job and is certainly attractive, her character wasn't very nice. Or smart. Or empathetic. Or honest. Which made it reeeally hard for me to warm up to her. I never really did, I guess. Because even in the end I just kept thinking that she brought a world of pain into that family. Both new pain and ripping open old wounds as well. And her attitude about doing so appeared to be pretty laissez faire, which made it worse. The two male leads are decent enough. But again, the father-in-laws character is not exactly a paragon of virtue. So his actions play counterpoint to the unfolding story. The son is almost a McGuffin in the film. In the end, it is a good movie to watch. Some really good performances. Especially Hitomi Kuroki. I had never really noticed her until seeing her as the Director in GTO 2012. She's really good in this.

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