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TRUE MOTHERS (2020): The Things I Liked…

True Mothers (2020), Aju Makita, Film Movement
True Mothers (2020), Aju Makita, Film Movement

Hikari, the teenage biological mother of a young boy decides to contact her son’s adoptive parents to get him back. Such is the premise of director/co-writer Naomi Kawase’s Japanese drama; True Mothersa film that proved to be quite a pleasant surprise.

During the first third of True Mothers, I found the story structure/editing a tad awkward. However, by the halfway point, Kawase’s movie is more engaging. A truth I attribute in part to the story’s focus on Hikari, who’s rather well-played by Aju Makita.

I liked the surprise of the direction True Mothers took in the second half. The way the film revealed itself as Hikari’s coming-of-age story. And as heartbreaking as some moments are, watching her journey from innocent fourteen-year-old to the unexpected way things progress is an experience I don’t regret. 

True Mothers is indeed a story about motherhood and all the various ways the word mother can be applied. Watch it if something about the story particularly intrigues you. And don’t be surprised if by the end of the movie, the thought ‘How wonderful it is to be loved crosses your mind. 

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TRUE MOTHERS (2020): New Trailer Starring Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita…

True Mothers (2020), Aju Makita, Film Movement
True Mothers (2020), Aju Makita, Film Movement

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  True Mothers (2020).


True Mothers is a new drama about what happens when a woman who’s the mother of an adopted child, gets contacted by the child’s birth mother.

From director/co-writer Naomi Kawase; True Mothers stars Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura anc Aju Makita.

Talk about an adoptive mother’s worst nightmare. Though, that’s not to suggest that a 14 year-old girl being forced to give up her child against her will isn’t also a nightmare.

I’m curious about the similarities and differences in adoption laws between the east and west. Plus, the story is set in beautiful Japan afterall.

Reo Sato, Hiroko Nakajima, Tetsu Hirahara and Ren Komai also star.

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