We have another lakorn that has already wrapped up shooting, so hopefully we’ll be able to watch it later this year. Trab Fah Mee Tawan (2020) will be a Channel 3 lakorn and stars Mark Prin (Kleun Cheewit) and Kao Supassara (Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub). This is based on a novel and looks to be a hate to love type relationship here, at least on the pra’ek’s side.
Trab Fah Mee Tawan (2020) – Fahmai moved into Arthit’s house after her parents died. She knew she was going to get kicked out of the house so one day, she set up a plan to get Arthit into bed. Instead, Arthit stormed out of the house and got into an accident. He survived but his hate for her grew. She was sent abroad for 4 years then 4 years later, she returned because she made a promise to his parents. She thought time will heal all wounds but that wasn’t the case, instead, it intensified even more. (Source: MarkimPhilippines at Facebook)
(Credit: Teedee17 @asianfuse.net)
I thought this was the first time the two were together in a lakorn, but actually they were both in Kom Faek (2018), but they weren’t a couple there. The English title is As Long as the Sky Has The Sun, which is rather beautiful. No teaser out yet, but I’m sure fans of Mark will be subbing this.
This Saturday, we’re getting another kdrama remake with WHO ARE YOU (2020). This is remake of the teen drama Who Are You: School 2015 (2015) airs on GMM25 May 2, 2020 on weeknights. I’m hoping that GMM will sub this on their youtube channel.
I’m not a big fan of teen or youth genre in general, but there’s a lot more here then the usual teen love story. Here we have a mystery at the center of the lakorn, bullying, secrets, romance and more.
Synopsis from kdrama: Sekang High School is the most prestigious private high school in Seoul’s Gangnam District, and Go Eun Byul is the most popular girl there. Meanwhile, her identical twin Lee Eun Bi is living in an orphanage and is being bullied at school. Then one day, Eun Byul mysteriously disappears. Soon after, Eun Bi loses her memories and is mistaken as being Eun Byul. Eun Bi then starts living her life as Eun Byul.
It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these posts. I thought I’ll talk about the blog and what’s going on in lakornland, so stay tuned if you’re interested.
First, I want to point out it’s called lakornview with a reason. I do want to focus on lakorns, but also away from lakorns to other dramas, mostly from other countries. Basically, I want to write about things that engage me, interest me, which is lakorns sometimes, but also Japanese doramas, Chinese and kdramas and so on.
I will be changing the look of Lakornview as well.
Expect to see more content based on social issues in dramas, this is based on my interests such as on portrayal of working class here, COVID-19, or guns.
I want to post more, but possibly short clips, or things I find interesting.
Last, but not least, I want to post on Instagram, Facebook and maybe even YouTube? as well. We’ll see.
Muse has basically got rid of their Telegram site and made their videos only accessible by those who donate (apparently it doesn’t matter how much). They are great subbers and apparently have been getting a lot of trolls now. Apparently they’re no longer subbing My Husband in Law (2020)!
It’s ridiculous that Muse and other subbers have to put up with this crap. Again, it makes me wish there was a official site that we go to see lakorns. Most sites aren’t available in US like dimsum.my and Netflix has a few, Youtube has GMM, but that’s about it.
But this all seriously impacts the availability of watching lakorns easily. Restricting access makes sites such as Dramac**l that steal subs more attractive to people. We want more people to watch lakorns so we garner more fans, so more of us can press for an official site.
Speaking of youtube, I just learned today that youtube has a Classic Thailand movie channel, just like there is a Korean Classic film channel.
The channel is called the Film Archive Thailand and has some movies with English subtitles, but not all content does have subtitles.
There are movies, short clips of movies, musical performances, interviews and even, ads from 50 years ago?
There’s some weird stuff here, lol. I confess to being enchanted by this channel so far. (Or I just have to much time on my hands staying at home.) But see this clip, in the old fashioned silent era style of a ‘Banana Eater Heroine’? (see video below)
Ruk Woon Wai Jao Chai Kob (2020) From the Taiwanese version: Shan Jun Hao, the CEO of a large hotel chain, is the stereotypical heir – spoiled, coldhearted, and ruthless. He meets Ye Tian Yu, a schemer and somewhat of a gold-digger and after a series of events, Tian Yu “accidentally” runs Jun Hao over. Turns out, Jun Hao has lost all of his memories and became a kindhearted and loving person. Just when love is in the air, Jun Hao’s family came looking for him and he has a fiancée who loves and misses him. Some more “accidents” occurred, and Jun Hao lost all of his memories of Tian Yu and went back to being a spoiled heir. However, Tian Yu fights for their love even though Jun Hao thinks of her as a lying schemer. Will Jun Hao remember his love for Tian Yu? Who will Jun Hao choose? And who is the person causing all the “accidents”? (Source: MyDramaList)
Ahh, they look so cute together and very comfortable with each other. With the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to see when this will come out as I don’t think they’ve finished filming this, but this one is definitely on my radar.
The Miracle (2020) stars Pinky Savika and others like Nut Devahastin. The lakorn starts April 27 on True4u, airing Mondays and Tuesdays. This is one of those lakorns that was 3 years in production, according to a source from asianfuse. Maybe it is finally airing because of COVID-19.
This is a bit of a departure from True4u’s usual lakorns (they’re mostly known for kdrama remakes like Full House, so it’s interesting to see them go for what looks like a past/present lakorn horror lakorn. The CG and costumes leave something to be desired, but look at Pinky! She’s bringing the fire! 🩸
This week, I’m still working on a number of different posts, so whatever finishes first is what I’ll post. Things are sort of up in the air because of the coronavirus. Some stations are already playing reruns instead of showing new content, but there will be some new shows still airing.
One of the first lakorns with A list actors out this year isDung Duang Haruetai (2020) which just ended. It didn’t make quite the big splash that people expected as the ratings were in the 1s and 2s. Muse is subbing this so check out their site if you want to watch.
Dung Duang Haruetai (2020) synopsis: The story of three kingdoms. Kasit ruled by King Rangsimun is the wealthiest and most powerful but they lack a sea route, for this reason King Rangsimun had planned to politically wed Princess Maneesala of Tanta in order to conveniently use their water route. However if both Kasit and Tanta 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 Maneesala decided to flee in order to escape the wedding because she had heard many ruthless stories about King Rangsimun but she accidentally fell into a trap and was rescued by Prince Tiyuttithorn/ P’Chai of Puntoolat where she asked to seek refuge. Upon hearing the news of Princess Maneesala’s disappearance and learning that it may be linked to P’Chai, Princess Tatsiga feared the start of a war and so she made her way to speak to P’Chai and got kidnapped by King Rangsimun and brought to Kasit. Tatsiga believed she was kidnapped as a hostage in order for Kasit to negotiate Maneesala’s return and so she began at first to dislike Rangsimun. However Rangsimun had fell in love with Tatsiga at first sight and so began their love story. (Source: Sharerice)
I have ideas on what I want to blog about, but little inspiration to fuel those ideas and give them shape until I watched Tawan Arb Dao, a new lakorn currently airing on Channel 7.
I’ve already written a first impressions post on it here, but decided one scene in particular needed my complete attention in terms of the class issues it portrayed.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
Tawan Arb Dao (2020) started airing on Channel 7 on March 26 and currently airs two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday.
Tawan Arb Dao (2020): Siwakorn disguises himself as Siwath, his twin brother in order to investigate his death. He tries to avoid sleeping with Chorprae who is Siwath’s lover and meets Daopradub, Chorprae’s daughter who was called out from abroad to help with the family’s company. (Source: MyDramaList)
Our main couple. Kem Hussawee who plays twins, Siwakorn, Siwath. Thisa Varitthisa plays Daopradub
The nang’ek Dao is sent by Chor (her boss and auntie) to handle workers who are protesting and demanding a wage. The main couple go there together and learn the workers want a 50 baht raise ($1.53). Yes, a $1.53 raise. 😱 Oh, the horror!!!! The unruly workers go after their bosses, who tells them they’ll call the cops.
Our heroes arrive at the construction site, with the nang’ek in a dress and high heels. The pra’ek Siwakorn/Siwath says they’ll discuss the raise at a meeting. To which the worker replies, you get hundreds of thousands and air conditioning, why do you need a meeting? And here’s what follows.
The site boss in his yellow jacket replies “If you guys did as much work as them, they would pay you a hundred thousand per month too.” And then, “You guys should go finish sixth grade first!”
Notice that the site boss says that. Not our hero or nang’ek or pra-ek. They can’t point that out because they’re of a different class from the workers, so a boss worker has to point that out to make it seem like a legitimate point. (Oh and by the way, I’ve not seen either pra’ek or nang’ek do a lick of work 😂 this whole time unless you count looking for trouble or talking a lot about non-work issues. That they do plenty of at the company).
The head of the striking workers retorts (quite reasonably), “Then go find someone with a bachelor’s degree to come do the work!” Then he goes, “If you’re gonna talk like that, there’s no need to negotiate!” “Destroy everything!”
I’m skipping some things, but basically at this point, the nang’ek steps in and tells them to stop. She’s ignored, rightfully so (why should they listen to her?) and it isn’t until she tells them her name that they stop.
They crowd the nang’ek with pleas of help, and things are going downhill until all of the sudden, a piece of wall is about to fall on a little girl (who’s at their work site?) and Dao saves the girl. I. KID. YOU. NOT. 🙃
The girl turns out to be the daughter of the leader of the striking workers and he’s suitably impressed. So impressed, he tells Dao, “that we won’t ask for a raise anymore. We will get back to work.”
Dao replies she’ll try to bring it up (ahhhh, how sweet) and the nang’ek is carted off to the hospital to be treated for her… skinned knee. There are so many things wrong with this I don’t know where to start. Maybe a list 😪.
First of all, notice that this inexperienced rich girl (think typical white savior trope) who we don’t know has ever worked a day in her life, saves the day.
Second, all those striking workers look upon her as their savior and even wish for salvation from her. Really?!
Third, why is the little girl sitting in the middle of what looks like a construction site? Why is she there at all? I blame this entirely on lazy parents who didn’t teach their kid to avoid stereotypes and lazy plotting so their kid grew up to write this stuff.
Fourth, look again how the nang’ek says she’ll try to bring it up. And they thank her. 🙄
Fifth, perhaps this is not a unionized group of workers. Who knows? But usually it takes more than one person to agree the strike is over and this guy immediately says without consulting everyone, and yet they all agree.
Sixth… I can’t go on. I don’t want to go on.
The bottom line is that the scene is incredibly lazy, riddled with tropes and stereotypes and to what purpose? To give the nang’ek moments with the pra’ek, to show her courage, intelligence or fortitude? It did none of that.
Striking workers are a common trope in many dramas, including Forget You Remember Love (2020), a Chinese remake of The Prince Who is a Frog, which is airing now. We can also see many other better and more nuanced portrayals of the working class in lakorns such as Rahut Rissaya or even Dum Khun. But it will always be problematic when the working class is there to show the merits of the rich, rather then the merits of the working class. To be continued…
Another kdrama remake is coming to lakornland, Chun Cheu Bussaba (2020) is a remake of the ‘My Name is Kim Sam Soon’. It stars Bee Namthip (Aruna 2019) and Film Thanapat (Mia 2018) of a 2000 lakorn with the same name. We have a new pairing here, Weir Sukollawat and Mookda Narinrak. This is a GMM One lakorn, so hopefully it should be English subbed. With the coronavirus, no word yet on when we’ll see this lakorn.
Synopsis from original kdrama: Kim Sam Soon is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo, cheating on her and breaks up. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men’s restroom and met Hyun Jin Hun. By sheer coincidence, Jin Hun needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam Soon is unemployed. Sam Soon is hired as the restaurant’s chief baker and the two fight like cat and dog
Bee Namthip and Film Thanapat were both in Mia 2018 and Aruna 2019. In Chun Cheu Bussaba (2020), the pair have an older woman, younger man relationship. In the original, the heroine was considered plump, in this remake she will be plain. This is just one of many remakes that are in the progress right now.
Finally!!! Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee (2020) airs on April 21, 2020. For fans of stars Mew Nittha and Mark Prin (Kleun Cheewit), it’s been a long time coming. This lakorn is based off a book called My Husband in Law and is on Muse’s subbing list, so I’m excited to see it!
Synopsis: The main leads were forced to get married to protect the male lead from another girl’s husband who has power. He doesn’t like the female lead because he grew up with her. She is the daughter of his mom’s friend who died when she was young so his mother adopted her. He teased and messed with her since she was young but she never fought back. He wanted someone perfect and she was not it. He later found out that she’s been secretly in love with him.
Honestly, I’ve been phoning it in lately with posts on this blog. You can probably tell.😉 Sometimes I am bereft of inspiration, but this week is not one of them. This week, I’ll be looking at class issues in Thailand, namely the working class vs the rich.
I also am going to be changing things up in the blog and making it more relative and streamlined for me and for all the readers as well hopefully. For now, enjoy this classic lakorn that was the first one that made me ask myself this question. Why are servants always treated like trash or stereotypes in lakorns? This was one of the few lakorns I felt that differed from that. Enjoy!
After her parents’ deaths, Palai (Noon) decided to find evidence that her parents’ deaths were not accidental, but actually murder. She not only lost her parents, but she lost her house, her company and her money to her aunt, who claimed that she got everything legally from Palai’s parents. Palai wanted to find any proof that her aunt and Siva’s father were the ones who took everything from her. Palai threatened Siva (Paul) that she was going to send all the information on her website about his dad’s corruption to the reporters if he doesn’t marry her. If he marries her, she will give him the password to the website. However, there wasn’t any information on the said site. She was buying time to get information about Siva’s dad and her aunt by living in Siva’s house. (credit to kudalakorn)