TOP THREE: Pong Nawat

Another top three featuring favorite actors, I already did one on Tik and Andrew. I’ll get to the ladies as well, don’t worry. The top three this week will focus on one actor. Instead of focusing on a certain genre like remakes, or genres, today’s top three will focus on one actor: Pong Nawat.

1. Blood & Treasures (2016)Noon Woranuch as Ubon is a force to be reckoned with in this lakorn, but Pong Nawat holds his own as Akkanee very well and makes his character more sympathetic and realistic then you might believe possible.

Blood & Treasures (2016) synopsis: Present Life: Akkanee is an archaeologist who loves antique so much. He already has a lover who is Thipapa, but they are not yet married because it seems like he is waiting for someone. That’s when Sarochinee came into his life. She is a beautiful and mysterious woman. She is a millionaires who also loves antique from the Ayutthaya period. Most importantly, she has a piece of Siraporn, which Akkanee is researching. When Sarochinee appeared, she caused fear in many people around her. Nobody can answer why unnatural deaths occur with people around her. Everybody whoever breaks a promise has to die. Nobody knows why, but everybody feels that Sarochinee is somehow involved. Sarochinee’s arrival brings back the past of Ubon, a woman from Ayutthaya. Karma starts to circle again, until everybody reincarnates, and meets together in this present lifetime. This is just the beginning.

Past Life: Akkanee is a soldier in Ayutthaya’s ending period. He killed Ubon, who is his wife. He sacrificed her to protect the nation’s treasure. Ubon was very angry at Akkanee. Because of his actions, she was cursed for centuries and was not able to reincarnate. The Heavens pitied her and allowed her to find a successor that will take her place. If Ubon can’t find a successor, she won’t be able to reincarnate again and has to remain a protector of the treasure for eternity. For this reason, Ubon came back as Sarochinee. She come to take Akkanee’s life as her next successor. (Source: asianfuse.net)

Source: mydramalist

2. Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) – I haven’t watched it yet, but this is one of those highly rated lakorns that are on my list. Bromance, action, thriller, crime, romance, this looks to have a little bit of everything. This teaser is pretty intense.

Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) synopsis: Burapa and Tawan are brothers and the sons of a well-known cop. They are very close as brothers. Burapa is into boxing, while Tawan wants to follow in their father’s footsteps to become a cop. One day, they hear a gun shot and go to see what is going on. This way, they witness a murder and when the time comes to point the finger at the killer, Tawan is not hesitant to do the right thing. Burapa knows that the bad guys will not leave their family alone and he begs Tawan not to be a witness. This is how the conflict begins

Source: mydramalist.com

3. Dum Kum. A slightly more recent lakorn of Andrew’s, this lakorn features Aff Taksaorn as Wanida. This is a period lakorn set in the 1940s. I thought this was a light romantic drama that was sweet. It has a marriage of convenience and a cute main couple. Watch it streaming here.

Dum Kum (2009) synopsis: Not wanting to marry Tuthiya, a man who looks down on country folks, Dum paints her body black and pretends to be an uncultured woman to make Tuthiya despise her and break off their arranged marriage. Sure enough, he does. (Source: Viki)

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What are your top 3?

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What about Aum Atichart?

We’ve looked at Chompoo Araya and Aff Takasorn. Now let’s take a look at Aff’s co-star in Jam Loey Rak (2008), Aum Atichart. Of all the males nearing forty or more in lakornland, I feel Aum’s career after growing older is one of the most interesting ones.

Please note: Speculation and gossip is a big no-no with me. So I’m just going to stick to the facts.

Aum Atichart Chumnanon was born on February 20, 1981. He still works in lakorns, and from 1997 to 2020, has starred in over 40 lakorns! He’s starred in everything from period lakorns like Lady Yaowarat, horror lakorns such as 2005’s Nang Barb and he worked with Cherry Khemapsorn in 2005’s Dao Lhong Fah (2005). But most fans probably found out about him from the mega popular slap and kiss, Jam Loey Rak with Aff Takasorn. Aum would go on to star in what was most likely one of his most challenging roles, Borisut Bumbut Kaen (2009).

In Borisut Bumbut Kaen, Aum plays a man with a hideous face and a weak grasp on his sanity after a horrific car accident. Aum went on to star in many other lakorns, historicals such as Khun Seuk (2012) and Plerng Chimplee, reunions with Aff in Namtan Mai (2009), and Roy Mai, Plerng Chimplee and slap and kiss lakorn Raeng Tawan. He married Nat Myria in 2014.

In 2018, Aum began to start stepping away from the traditional male leads roles where he is the romantic love interest of the main female character. Nueng Dao Fah Diew (2018) saw Aum playing third fiddle to the main couple of Taew Natapohn and James Jirayu. He also played the God of Death in Ngao (2018). He has other lakorns lined up, but I’m glad to see him taking on roles other than that of the pra’ek and instead looking to more challenging roles. I only wished older women had more options as well, as the only roles outside of the typical mother, grandmother roles available to them seems to be older women to younger men roles 😕. Regardless, looking forward to Aum’s new chapter in his career!

Credit: atichart9’s ig
Credit: atichart9’s ig

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Deja Vu

I’m not familiar with Taiwanese 2013 drama Deja Vu, but apparently it’s been remade by GMMTV. Deja Vu (2020) stars Pong Nawat and Esther Supreeleela in this tale of second chances, first love, and time travel. Hopefully Gmmtv will sub this on their youtube channel. It aired February 19, 2020 on GMM One.

Pong is a great actor and this is a strong role for Esther to challenge her acting skills, so I do want to check it out.

Deja Vu (2013) Synopsis from Taiwanese version: 5 years ago, a ballerina Xu Hai Lin accidently saved Lu Xi Wei from the fire, and they fell in love. 5 years later, Hai Lin becomes an international ballet actress. One day she fainted on the stage and she found out that she’s pregnant. Xi Wei proposed marriage to her and she accepted. They planned to call their child Bliss, which means a blessing from heaven. While both immersed in bliss, Hai Lin and Xi Wei got into an accident which causes Hai Lin to miscarriage, Xi Wei has lost his life in this accident.

Hai Lin decided to have her last dance and to die for love, so she jumped off the bridge. Hai Lin thought she’ll be in eternal sleep, but she woke up at a mysterious valley. She ran into people with mysterious powers, who let Hai Lin to re-choose her life, but she must pay the most precious things in consideration. Hai Lin wholeheartedly wants Xi Wei to live, so she decided to go back to 5 years ago, back to the time when she first met the person she loves the most
(Source: MyDramaList)

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Music Monday

This week, I will be talking about remakes and favorite actors. Two favorites come immediately to mind and one of them is featured in the lakorn below, Ken Theeradeth. The other favorite actor I will be talking about this week is Pong Nawat, so stay tuned!


Credit: jeab ajaaja’s yt channel

365 Wun Haeng Rak (2010) synopsis: Ken is Tula, he is married to Lanaree (Anne). Tula is a man who is confident in love, as for Lanaree, not so much. Lanaree is described as boisterous, self-centered, kinda like Alin from “Soot Sanaeha (A recipe for love)”. One day, Lanaree had her fortune read by a roadside psychic. The psychic tells her that she and Tula will break up. She doesn’t believe the psychic, so the psychic gives her an old notebook and instructs her to put it under her pillow when she sleeps. When she wakes, she will find out if the prediction that her marriage will end in divorce is true. For several days, Lanaree is very stressed out by the psychic’s prediction and she doesn’t want to believe it and rationalized that the psychic is old and is probably mentally distorted. Nonetheless, she decides to do what the psychic instructed and place the notebook under her pillow before she went to bed. The next day, she wakes up to find herself not at her house with Tula but at her mother’s house. She checks the calendar, it’s the correct month and day. But wait, it’s a year ahead. Eventually, Lanaree learns that a year ago, Tula and herself fought severely about something to the point where she packed up her stuff and she moved back in with her mother.Source: Viki

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Historical genre

I took a look at 2019 historical lakorns here. Now here’s an updated look at the historical genre. I included the many lakorns that have a past and present life, as well as time travel lakorns, ghost/horror lakorns and so on. So if you want to see what’s out there, take a look at this list! This is not a complete list by any means, this includes lakorns that are English subbed only.

GHOST👻/HORROR😱

Blood & Treasures or Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Bpee Kaew Nang Hong (2018), Bpoop Phaeh SaniwaatBuang (2012), Buang Athithan (2016)Bangkok Naruemit (2018), Dead Time Stories, Devil Lover/Ploer Jai Hai Nai Pbeesard, A Gift to the People You Hate, Jao Ban Jao Ruen, Jan Euy Jan Jao, Kaen Sanaeha, Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019), Klin Kasalong, Nang Barb, Nang Khaen (2017), Ngao, Oh My Ghost, Pisard Hansa, Plerng Prang Tian (2019, Pom Arthun, Qi Pao, Raak Boon, Raak Boon 2 (2014), Reun Phayom (2017), Roy MaiSarp Phusa (2009), Sleepless Society: Nyctophobia, ThirTEEN Terrors, Wan Sawart, Wiang Roy Dao ~ Home Of A Hundred Stars, Yai Kanlaya

HISTORICAL LAKORNS

Atitha, Bangkok Naruemit, Blood & Treasures, Botan Gleep Sudtai, Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang Athithan (2016), Buang Banjathorn 2017, Chart Suer Pun Mungkorn (2018), Ching Chang, Chumpae (2019), Dung Duang Haruetai, Jao Ban Jao Ruen,  Ka BadinKaen SanaehaKehas See Dang, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013), Khun Seuk, Klin Kasalong, Krong Karm, Luerd Ruk Toranong (2016), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Malai Sarm Chai, Massaya (2000), Massaya, Meuh Dok Rak Ban/When Rak Blooms, Mongkut Saeng Jun, Nakee, Naree Rissaya (2016), Ngao Asoke (1999), Ngao Asoke 2008, Ngao Asoke 2016, Neung Nai Suang 2005, Neung Nai Suang 2015, Nueng Dao Fah Diew, Padiwaradda ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, Plerng Chimplee ~ Flame of Chimplee, Plerng Prang Tian (2019), Prissana, Rak Nakara, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Mai, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan (2014), Sai Lohit (2018), Sa Kao Duen, Sao Noi 2012, Sapai Jao ~ Royal Daughter-In-Law, Sarp Phusa (2009), Sataya Tis Tarn (2019), SilamaneeSroy Saeng Jan, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series (), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Tard Rak, Tawipob, Thong Ake Mor Yah Tah Chaloang, Wanalee, Wanida, Wan Sawart (2015), Wiang Roy Dao ~ Home Of A Hundred Stars

If You Liked Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

Buang (2012)

Buang (2012) – not that similar, but does feature a vengeful ghost, black magic and past and present.

Buang Banjathorn 2017 – Nang’ek travels to past through magic bed, different time period and not focused on politics as much.

Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk – man travels to the future, instead of past.

Tawipob/Tawee Pope – like BPS, nang’ek travels back to past and falls in love.

Wan Sawart (2015) – twins like BPS, but no time traveling, but talks about past life.

PAST LIVES/REINCARNATION

Buang (2012), Jao Ban Jao RuenBlood & Treasures/Pitsawat, Klin Kasalong, Plerng Prang Tian (2019), Roy Mai, Sataya Tis Tarn (2019), Sroy Saeng Jan (2007), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Wan Sawart (2015)

🧡RECOMMENDATIONS🧡

Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Blood & Treasures or Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, MassayaNueng Dao Fah Diew (2018), Neung Nai Suang 2005, Neung Nai Suang (2015), Ngao Asoke (1999), Padiwaradda ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, PrissanaSao Noi 2012, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Wanida

TIME TRAVEL🕘

Bpoop Phaeh SaniwaatBuang Banjathorn 2017, Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk, Likit Haeng Jan, Roy Mai, Tae Pang Korn (2005), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Tawipob, Tunnel, Wan Sawart (2015)

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TOP 3 – Upcoming Historical Lakorns

I’m liking the fact that lakorns are becoming more diverse in plot and genre. A woman with a medical background solving mysteries in a historical period? Sounds like China’s Miss Truth (2020). But no, it’s actually one of several upcoming lakorns I’m looking forwards to.

1. Lai Kinnaree (2020) – This lakorn stands out for several reasons. 1. It stars Nadech Kugimiya, Yaya Urassaya 2. It takes place in the Ayutthaya period of time 3. It’s about a woman with medical knowledge she uses to solve cases and mysteries. More pics here and here.

Synopsis: The reign of King Narai was the most prosperous during the Ayutthaya period. Ayutthaya kingdom at that time has great commercial and diplomatic activities with all foreign nations especially the west. Everywhere was full of foreign immigrants, merchants, missionaries diplomats and military personnel. Foreigners especially westerners were backed to oppress Ayautthaya people causing the rage among Ayutthaya people. Lady Pudsorn is the beautiful daughter of a famous deceased doctor. She well inherited medical knowledge from her father. Aok Luang (Viscount) Indra Ratchpakdee is a handsome police nobleman who is responsible for the peace and safety of people in the metropolitan area. Monsieur Robert is a handsome French guy who closes to an important French military diplomat whom King Narai borrowed from King of France to work for. Faith brought the three of them to met and work together in investigating the suspicious death of an important French cargo ship captain who died while wearing female sarong cloth with Lai Kinaree (Half Bird Half Human) patterned which is the kind of pattern prohibited for royal ladies in the palace only. Therefore this case has the existence of Ayutthaya Kindom at stake because it may trigger the war by being claimed as a rightful cause for the French army to seize Ayutthaya Kindom. The investigation leads the three of them to many somehow involved people, many stories and many suspects which each of them has unexpectable secrets. Moreover, one of the suspects is a very powerful lady in the royal palace too. Besides that, the investigation also leads those two gorgeous and high-profiled guys to fall for Lady Pudsorn and both of them ready to compete to win her heart. What should Lady Pudsorn do? (Source: Asianfuse & ShareRice)

2. Dung Duang Haruetai – This will be the 2nd remake of the popular lakorn and it stars Tik Jesadaporn, Kimberly Voltemas as the main couple. I’ve posted before about the detailed, if sometimes questionable fashions of the lakorn. It will be interesting to see if it holds up to the previous versions.

Synopsis: The story of three kingdoms. Kasit ruled by King Rungsimun is the wealthiest and most powerful but they lack a sea route, for this reason, King Rungsimun had planned to politically wed Princess Munisala of Thanta in order to conveniently use their water route. However if both Kasit and Thanta were to unite that would cause Puntoolat to become isolated and for this reason, the three kingdoms have longed lived with suspicion of one another. Princess Munisala decided to flee in order to escape the wedding because she had heard many ruthless stories about King Rungsimun but she accidentally fell into a trap and was rescued by Prince Tiyuttithorn/ Pee Chai of Puntoolat where she asked to seek refuge. Upon hearing the news of Princess Munisala’s disappearance and learning that it may be linked to Pee Chai, Princess Tasika feared the start of a war and so she made her way to speak to Pee Chai and got kidnapped by King Rungsimun and brought to Kasit. Tasika believed she was kidnapped as a hostage in order for Kasit to negotiate Munisala’s return and so she began at first to dislike Rungsimun. However Rungsimun had fallen in love with Tasika at first sight and so began their love story, but things get complicated as Mina constantly stirs up trouble, by trying to harm Tasika as she was in love with Rungsimun. Meanwhile, Munisala and Tiyuttithorn also started to slowly fall in love. Matters get complicated as Mina’s father committed treason against Rungsimun. (Source: Sharerice) (Source: MyDramaList)

3. Prom Likit – Not much is known about this except it’s a sequel to Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018) and the main couple of Bella Ranee and Pope Thanawat will be returning. Also returning is the director Mai Phawat Panangkasiri, but Louis Scott won’t be returning. This will have an opening ceremony on May 2020. It remains to be seen whether it will air in 2020, but is a couple worth waiting for!

Synopsis– This sequel is set in King Thai Sa’s reign (1709-1732) and will focus on Por Date and Kadesurang’s kids 20 years after Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat’s ending.

What are your top 3?

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What’s Next?

Outside of the plot and actors, one of the things that will always catch my attention about upcoming dramas is fashion. The look of a production, the beauty of sets or scenes, anything of that nature. This time, it was the fashion of Ruk Laek Pop (2020) that caught my eye.

This looks to be a time traveling lakorn, starring Film Thanapat, whom I’m not familiar with and the lovely Vill Wannarot, but not many other details have surfaced yet as the lakorn is still filming.

Credit: onenung53’s ig
Credit: Film Thanapat‘s ig

I really love the simple elegance of the costumes. And look at the beautiful framing and contrast in the shot below. I’ll definitely be looking for more news on this lakorn in the future.

Credit: onenung53’s ig
Credit: onenung53’s ig

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Toong Sanaeha

Toong Sanaeha (2020) is coming soon to Channel 3 on February 16, 2020. It stars Top Jaron, Toey Jarinporn, and Bomb Tanin in what looks to be a love triangle. There is forbidden love, forced marriage and it’s set in the 1970s, which is an unusual historical time period for lakorns to be set in. No word yet if it will be subbed.

Toong Sanaeha (2020) The story is set in the 1970s, in a small Thai village. Paitoon is in love with Yupin, whose father has gambling issues. They planned on getting married but Pao, his mother, doesn’t like Yupin and won’t accept their relationship because of her father. While Paitoon is in monkhood, Pao forces Yupin to marry Praiwan, Paitoon’s brother who’s suffering from polio since childhood. From now on, Yupin is Paitoon’s sister-in-law, but their love for each other has not gone away. Will they be able to overcome all obstacles and be together again? (Source: MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from a novel of the same title by author Chulamani.

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Music Monday

Historical lakorns, especially ones set back in ancient times, have often been overlooked and not subbed. The language used in these lakorns often made it harder to sub as well. That of course changed with 2018’s smash hit Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat that garnered many fans. This week, I want to see what I can find out about any upcoming historical dramas, lakorns or not, of interest.

Credit: heathveeable’s yt

Khun Chai Ronapee (2013)

Synopsis: Khunchai Ronnapee…the daring pilot of the Royal Air Force with love that transcends customs. The youngest of the five, khunchai Taratorn’s younger brother. His mother is the First Wife. Who could believe that this noble pilot will meet a female celebrity? It was like a dream! She fell right into his arms during an accident on a film set. These two will break the traditions, and go through the barrier of nobility so that everyone will be certain than she is a dancer who loves him as another common pilot, not because of his nobility bloodline. credit to: Tinah @ asianfuse

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What about Noon Woranuch?

We’ve looked at Chompoo Araya and Aff Takasorn lives post lakornland. Or mostly post lakornland. Now let’s take a look at a woman who still regularly stars in lakorns as she nears her 40s, Nune or Noon Woranuch. Noon has been in the business since 1997 and she seems to have only grown more popular over time.

Please note: Speculation and gossip is a big no-no with me. So I’m just going to stick to the facts.

Nune or Noon Woranuch was born on September 24, 1980. She has starred in over 40 lakorns from 1997 to 2020. Noon used to be with Channel 7, but became a freelance actress in 2012. During that time with Channel 7, Noon starred in Rahut Rissaya, Ngao Hua Jai (2010), and Kha Khong Khon (2011), all of which are English subbed and can be found here.

In May 2010, Noon married Piti Bhirombhakdi and in 2012, Noon ended her contract with Channel 7 and went on to star in some of her biggest hits yet. Noon starred in the very popular Thong Nuea Kao (2013) from Channel 3, where she played one of her most difficult roles as an alcoholic mother of five in the 1960s. 2016’s Blood & Treasures (as it’s called on Netflix USA) was a roaring success and Ra Rerng Fai the following year also did well. Noon recently starred in one of the recent rash of infidelity lakorns called Game Rak Ao Keun (2019) and her latest lakorn Woon Ruk Nakkao aired February 12, 2020. I hope she continues to be a leading lady for many years to come!

Source: nuneworanuch’s ig
Source: nuneworanuch’s ig

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