Our last part in this drama matchup is one of the best matches I’ve made, scout’s honor! Let’s just call this a royal match! Switched brides, arranged marriage, young love. But there is actually a very clear message that the drama is trying to convey. Curious? Read on!
2006 Korean drama Goong or Princess Hours, holds a special place in my heart. I loved the story about a young couple in an arranged marriage who fall in love with each other. If you want to watch a lakorn with the same premise, Roy Marn (2011) is the closest to it (er, outside of the Thailand version of Goong, Princess Hours which I’m trying to forget ever happened🤣.). No royalty in Roy Marn, but they do have interfering exes and lots of sweet moments together.
Roy Marn (2011). Boy Pakorn and Margie Rasri work surprisingly well together as a couple here. And like Goong, there are some boring parts here related to the family’s history. Both Goong and Roy Marn really make a point about how the past affects the future, and that the choices that people made years ago can come back to haunt them. I didn’t find them boring, but some might not care for all the flashbacks.
In both dramas, there are references to a love in the past that directly affects the characters in the present time. Also in both dramas? The male love interest has had a love relationship with another girl and that relationship comes back to haunt him in the present. Watch Roy Marn streaming here.
Roy Marn (2011) synopsis: A lakorn involving a forced marriage that wasn’t meant to be. Bee’s cousin should have married Mark but the day before the wedding, her cousin was kidnapped by a guy who had loved her for years. He kidnapped her, assaulted her, got her pregnant, and thus everything changed. The young and bratty Bee had to take the place of her cousin because it was a marriage to erase a debt. Her uncle owed money to Mark and his father. Since he can’t use his daughter, he’ll use his niece instead.
I’m totally loving how many female oriented action flicks there are in lakornland this year! Kicka** female heroes are my favorite (💗 Linda Hamilton in Terminator) So join me in a look back at 2019 action lakorns that were subbed in English in 2019.
ENGLISH SUBBED LAKORNS
Bangkok Vampire (2019) – Rosarin, a vampire descendent, lost her sister mysteriously, coincidentally as other people in Bangkok disappeared one by one. She uses her psychic power to track down for her sister, joined by Nop, an IT geek who falls for her at first sight. As the story reveals, the evil vampire boss is collecting special blood for some rituals. His cravings are about to fulfill with several elite assassins under his command. Rosarin needs to fight for her sister or she and Bangkok would be collapsed by the evil vampire. (Source: MonoFilm)
Reason it’s interesting. Only 8 episodes. Vampires. Powers. English subbed by nekoTrailer
Chumpae – A clash of gangsters and villagers in a small Thai village. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting. There’s a 60’s or 70’s vibe to the clothes and sets here, which might be cool. But it could also be awful! It is English subbed by dragonlair’s fansubTrailer
Hua Jai Look Poochai (2019) Nop’s life became entangled in a whirlpool of vengeance when he found out that his mother and mother’s friend join hands to kill Nop’s father. He plans to kill his enemy but it turns out that man is Pinpak’s father, the woman that he loves. The path of a gentleman and his last love, will he choose revenge or love in the end? (Source: ohsweethaven
Reason it’s interesting. Revenge. Forbidden love. Hmmm. It is English subbed by ThippyTrailer
Insee Daeng (2019) – A mysterious man with a mask known as Red Eagle enforces vigilante justice. A beautiful & seductive lady adheres to goodness but hates those who abuse power. A talented young police officer, full of principle and defender of justice. The three heroes with different ideologies but same goal, join forces to wipe out and eliminate criminal organizations to protect the people. (Source: lakorn galaxy
Reason it’s interesting? This teaser. Watch it! Very well done. Everything about it. Except that red mask? It doesn’t really suit Om’s features I think. Which is kinda a big deal, lol, since the whole lakorn is about Om donning the red mask.
Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019) Suam is a mischievous girl who grew up in the slums. She develops a crush on Danurut, a good cop, the first time she meets him due to his good looks and kindness. They met previously at the police station when Danurut helped Suam get out of some trouble due to a false accusation. Suam is then asked to become a spy for the police by an undercover deputy commander named Tuan. His mission is to spy and gather evidence on an influential criminal named Sia Ha. Tuan believes Danurut’s uncle is part of Sia Ha’s gang and suspects Danurut as well. Suam gets involved with Danurut again when he misunderstands that she is Aek’s mistress who is his cousin’s fiance. He hires Suam to be his fake wife to keep her away from Aek and to also help him avoid his ex-girlfriend Suchada who is also Sia Ha’s daughter. Tuan believes this is the perfect opportunity to spy on Danurut so Suam accepts his offer. Suam and Danurut bicker and fight all the time. She moves into his house pretending to be his wife because he needs her to follow his orders while she must spy into him! (Source: MyDramaList
Reason it’s interesting. Spies, fake marriage, cute couple. What’s not to like? Trailer English subbed by neko
Kularb Kror Petch (2019) – A story about a young woman Kanyawee who got revived by her father after she was dead and became a semi mechanic human being named Natwara. Due to her fighting abilities, she is joined by other females under the name Kularb Kror Petch, who are after to destroy a bad organization. After the death of his girlfriend, Techit also joins Kularb Kror Petch team to investigate who is this girl that looks like his ex-girlfriend Kanyawee. Little does he know that it was his own father that caused her death in the first place. (Source: Thippy)
Reason it’s interesting. Look at the size of that gun the female lead is toting 😂! It is English subbed by Thippy Trailer
Nee Ruk Nai Krong Fai (2019) On her seventh birthday, Chalita’s entire family was killed. Kawin/Kevin, was given the option to slay three people in order to protect one. His guilt drove him to distance himself from her. In her youth, Chalita is adopted by a mysterious stranger who is known as, “Nai Noi (Young Boss):” He turns her life around and is her means of support. Kawin moves next door to Chalita and their lives become entangled. Feelings blossom, and happiness is reintroduced to Chalita’s life, but Kawin risks losing her, if his secret were to ever be revealed. If Chalita ever recalled the past, he will lose everything. (Source: asianfuse.net)
Reason it’s interesting. This generally received good reviews, and of course, lots of drama just in the premise. trailer English subbed by neko
Payak Rai Sai Lub (2019) Ken Anothai’s life turned upside down from being a creator with a bright future ahead of him who was on his way to marry Pink, manager of the AE department, suddenly becomes a different person when he falls asleep. One personality he becomes is Uza, a drag queen performer at the Uthopia pub, the other King Crow, a fighter in the underground fighting rink. Ken was shocked when a mysterious group started hunting him down. (snip) (Source: Oh Sweet Haven)
Reason it’s interesting. The male lead becomes a drag queen. Honestly, the trailer is a mess. English subbed by Thippy
Praai Pikart (2019) A scary criminal and the cop who was trying to catch him need to collab together to face supernatural forces and join the fight against a powerful organization, while also getting involved with the daughter of a scientist and a female criminal. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting. The female lead definitely plays a big role here, at least if you watch the trailer. Reminds me of kdramas like Bad Guys, where we have criminals and cops working together. 12 episodes subbed by neko
Rerk Sanghan (2019) A girl is found murdered and buried in a very strange way. This alerts Maha Krating, a young astrologist who specializes in auspicious timing and fortune telling. He realizes that the ancient rite is performed in order to change the city’s fate to benefit someone wanting to take over. Whoever does this have to sacrifice four women represent Earth, Water, Air and Fire elements who must also have exact same birth date, month and year. Maha Krating uses all his knowledge to prevent the next murder from happening but he is always one step behind the killer until there is only one woman left. He can’t make the same mistake again because this means the life of Run, the woman he loves. (Source: VCan)
Reason it’s interesting. If you watched the trailer, you’ll see that this is very different from the other action lakorns, which feature lots of traditional gun fights, martial arts and so on. This one has a focus on astrology, fortune telling and is about stopping a killer. 24 episodes subbed by Muse.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my lakorn watching. Sadly, I’m behind and I think I know what to blame. This year, I watched more Chinese dramas then ever before! (Worth every minute 😘!
But that means I’ve lost drama watching time that I would’ve spent watching lakorns, and I also watched less Korean dramas this year. It’s only weeks till the end of the year, so it’s time to set a goal!
So far in 2019, I’ve only finished 2, Pidsawat and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019). So I’m definitely behind. These are the lakorns I want to finish, or at least 3 of them: The Sand Princess, Ra Rerng Fai, Plerng Prang Tian, My Love From Another Star, Jao Sao Chang Yon. I decided to concentrate on 2019 lakorns. I’ll finish the lakorns in the order listed above, I’m halfway through The Sand Princess, so I should two weeks each for two more lakorns to watch and finish. Piece of cake!🎂
But wait. The Stranded (2019) is on Netflix and only 7 episodes? And there’s a Thai version of Tunnel (2019), a Korean drama I loved about time travel?!!!! And of course, I watched the first episode of Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan (2019) and Voice (2019). I enjoyed them both! But Tunnel? Tunnel’s on netflix. I… I’m so weak. I really just want to watch them all.
Closing out the 2019 lakorn season properly, here is a teaser from a family lakorn. I haven’t covered a number of different lakorn genres, mostly from lack of interest, such as family lakorns and sitcoms, but also they’re not subbed that often. But you never know, maybe this will be English subbed. Who knows?
One Year 365: Wan Ban Chun Ban Tur (2019) airs on November 28, 2018 on Line TV. I’m not very familiar with them, but it looks like they really stepped up lakorn production in 2018 so they’re rather new at it.
Synopsis: Mook, a single mother who lives with her 5 daughters, finds love with Tum, a widower with two children. They want to get married, but they’re not sure if their children would be okay with this decision. Petch, Mook’s eldest daughter, didn’t want to see her mother regret because of love while Boom, Tum’s son, was happy with their love. Since Mook and Tum don’t know whether their children will be compatible, the two families then formed an agreement to try to live together for 1 year. If anyone in the house is not happy living together, Mook and Tum will give up. (Source: MyDramaList)
So we have one more week and month until 2020, and honestly, I am so ready for 2020. I decided to just drop a favorite mv of mine, because, yeah, I’m already looking at 2020 lakorns😊. So, here’s my all time favorite mv. Enjoy! You can watch it Kleun Cheewit English subbed here.
Jeerawat is a hardworking woman, who is a famous model and actress. Her mother married a smarmy but rich man, who secretly lusts after her. After he attempts to drug Jeerawat, she manages to escape by driving away. Unfortunately, she hits a young woman in the road, who later dies at the hospital.
The dead young woman has a fiancee, Sathit, who happens to be a lawyer. He vows revenge on the female driver who killed his beloved fiancee. Unfortunately, Jeerawat’s stepfather and mother use their influence and money to hide and hush all evidence. Sathit decides to stalk and bother her to find the evidence that she’s an evil and manipulative temptress. But in the end, he finds out she’s actually a good and kind person, despite her lowly beginnings, and gradually falls in love with her
Part 1 is here, where I made an improbable drama match between Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and Manee Yard Fah. Now, we’re continuing to pick one lakorn that can be compared to a drama from another country based on similarities in premise. Enjoy!
The 2008 Taiwanese drama, You’re My Destiny (2008) was a smash hit, spawning Korean and Thailand remakes. The plot of the story, about a couple who have an unplanned one night stand that results in a pregnancy, is very similar to Thailand’s Oum Ruk. One big difference? The heroine of You’re My Destiny is a weakling, though she does improve throughout the drama. If you want to watch a drama with a stronger heroine and hero, but also has a surprise pregnancy, look no further than Oum Ruk.
Oum Ruk (2006) synopsis: Napat is a beautiful, but head-strong young lady. Against her father’s wishes to come and live with him in the States, Napat decides to stay back in Thailand and earn her way through modeling.
During Napat’s first magazine photo-shoot, she meets a fast-mouthed photographer, Chen, who predicts she will never be famous in the industry. However, despite Chen’s “prediction”, Napat turns out to be a huge success, with everyone in the business wanting to work with her.
Napat’s lucky streak comes to a halt when she bumped into Chen for the second time, while at a beach-side anniversary party for a famous magazine. Due to a drinking competition during the party, both Chen and Napat get badly drunk and end up in bed together. It isn’t long before Napat realizes that she is pregnant. However, rumor has it that Chen is currently dating Jasmin, one of Napat’s biggest rivals in the modeling industry.
2. Oum Ruk (2006) – Anne Thongprasom and Ken Theeradeth are the leading couple in this romantic comedy, and Anne as Napat is a smart and stubborn young woman who has her own ideas. Ken as Chen, meanwhile, really matures and becomes the perfect dad. You can watch it here. Download it here with English subs.
This is another big name lakorn starring Kimberley Voltemas and James Ma. They’re still filming this so you won’t see this for a while, but I’m loving Kimberley’s look here and the chemistry between she and James.
Synopsis: Two twin sisters, so similar in appearance, but so different in nature, go through life in different ways. Duen is a capricious model and actress, she’s not considerate of anybody’s interests and feelings. Pit, after the death of their parents, takes care of her sister and constantly helps her. While Duen was in a scandalous relationship with a rock musician, Pit met Warit, a worthy young man who first was confused by the twins, but soon realized the difference between them. By a strange coincidence, he turned out to be the nephew of Duen’s new lover. Duen, tired of the elderly uncle, switched her attention to the nephew. And the more he resisted, the angrier and terrible her tricks became to quarrel the lovers.
This is a remake of a 2005 lakorn about twins, a good twin and an evil one. I actually don’t really like twin dramas, with one exception, but I do like both stars, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this lakorn.
I mentioned The Stranded briefly in this post about upcoming lakorns I was interested in, but here’s what I know now. The Stranded is coming to Netflix November 15, 2019 and definitely looks to have some horror elements. Yeah Netflix ❤ !
Synopsis: When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves. (Source: Netflix)
This lakorn stars a number of older actors in their fifties like Nok Sinjai, so I’m assuming they’re the parents, or guardians or something.
Week 10. No particular theme this week, but I’ve been thinking back to an older lakorn, the first lakorn I ever watched, Jam Loey Rak. That was the first lakorn for a lot of people. 😊 Felling nostalgic for no good reason except maybe because it’s fall. You can watch it English subbed here, download here. But wondering, this lakorn and Sawan Biang are both due for a remake.
Harit Rangsiman, a pearl farm owner in the south of Thailand is very angry and vengeful after Harin, his only younger brother, commits suicide because of a woman name Sansanee (she was his girlfriend in college) breaks up with him.
Harit wants to take vengeance on the girl who caused his brother’s death. He kidnaps who he thinks is Sansanee to torture her, but he doesn’t know that the girl that he kidnaps is Soraya, Sansanee’s cousin. Soraya lives in the same house with Sansanee and her parents because her own parents died a long time ago. Harit believes that Soraya is Sansanee no matter how many times Soraya tries to tell him she isn’t. Soraya ends up accepting all the punishment doled out by Harit due to her wanting to repay her debt of gratitude to Sansanee because Sansanee once save her life from drowning when they were young.
We are still working on learning lakorn terms here at Lakorn View. I wrote a post about common words in lakorns like Pra’ek and Nang’ek. In this post, we’ll go more into details and give examples of these three common Thai words about lakorns: nang’rai, pra’rong and koo jin.
Common Lakorn Terms
I will again be using the lakorn Princess Hours Thai to explain the terms in detail because the poster itself does a great job of explaining the relationships involved. The lakorn is based off the kdrama Goong, which you may or may not be familiar with.
Nang’rai – the 2nd female lead, but usually she’s the villain of the lakorn. If you check out the poster above, can you spot the female looking like she can’t be bothered? Yes, that’s her, the long haired brunette on the right, our nang’rai of Princess Hours Thai. And like so many other nang’rais (not sure about plural nang’rai), this nang’rai wants our pra’ek for herself, the handsome, rich guy next to her. But unfortunately, our pra’ek is captivated or will be captivated by our spunky heroine. Well, who wouldn’t be? (Also wondering why is it that so often the 2nd female lead is prettier then the female lead? I guess because the nang’ek is supposed to be just a common girl, anyone can be. But I digress.)
If the 2nd female lead isn’t the villain of the piece, then she will be a friend of the female lead usually and have a romance with the 2nd male lead. She can also be a friend of the male lead, or relative, but her role is usually to support the nang’ek’s relationship with the pra’ek. I’m trying to think of any other roles for 2nd female leads other then this, but I’m drawing a blank. Can anyone else chime in? So other females in lakorns will be relatives, servants of the lead couple usually.
Pra’rong – 2nd male lead. Honestly, this term isn’t used as often as nang’rai, so you may never hear it in a lakorn. Often times, the 2nd male lead is just a friend of either the nang’ek or pra’ek. He can be the villain too, who’s after the nang’ek to harm her, but that role is often taken by the pra’ek. 😜 A pra’rong like Louis Scott in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat can be villainous, but also a supporter of the nang’ek or pra’ek, like his role in Kleun Cheewit. The pra’rong may also form a romantic relationship with the 2nd female lead, sometimes after losing the nang’ek to the pra’ek.
Koojin – this is a couple that is shipped by the general public, usually because of their great chemistry together in a lakorn. This doesn’t mean the couple is together in real life (although that has been known to happen aka Yaya and Nadech or Mark and Kim), just that the public loves them as a couple. Often times, a couple is paired over and over again if they become known as a koojin couple. Yaya and Nadech are definitely an example, they’ve been in many lakorns together, starting in 2010’s Duang Jai Akkanee, then Game Rai Game Rak,Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong (2012), the Rising Sun series, Leh Lub Salub Rarng, The Crown Princess and upcoming lakorn Lai Kinnaree. That’s about all for now. Sawadee!