SINGAPORE & MALAYSIA  tvN Asia 24-hour express drama Mother, premiered on tvN Asia in Singapore and Malaysia on 25 January (Thursday) at 21:45. The drama follows an unpredictable story of “mother-and-daughter” bonding between an elementary school teacher Soo-jin (Lee Bo-young) and her student Hye-na (Heo Yool).


Mother unfolds into three storylines represented by three pairs of mother and daughter. The leading character Soo-jin is a professional ornithology researcher who becomes an elementary school teacher by chance. Although seemingly indifferent to the students, she notices that one of her students, Hye-na, is different from others. Trying to turn a blind eye at first, Soo-jin gradually develops motherly compassion toward the abused Hye-na after further observation. In an attempt to save Hye-na from the plight, Soo-jin is determined to be her substitute mother and run away with her.


Apart from the fake maternal bond with her teacher, Hye-na is in a complicated and abusive relationship with her biological mother Ja-young (Ko Sung-hee). The selfish single-mother Ja-young tends to prioritize her own happiness over Hye-na’s and blames their miserable life on the kid. In order to maintain the relationship with her cruel and heartless live-in partner Seol-ak, Ja-young starts to abuse Hye-na. This pair draws keen attention to how they can overcome the predicament and recover happiness again.