What’s Next? Missing: The Other Side

There are so many great thrillers coming out this year in kdrama land. Now we have another thriller that sounds thrilling 😁. Missing: The Other Side airs August 29, 2020 on OCN and it has a cast of 6 main characters: Go Soo, Heo Joon Ho, Seo Eun Soo, Ahn So Hee, Ha Joon and Song Geon Hee.

Synopsis: A village holds spirits of missing, deceased people. A search to find the missing bodies and discover the truth behind their disappearance occurs. Kim Wook is a smooth talker and a good-looking man. He commits fraud to make a living. One day, he happens to arrive at Duon Village, where the missing dead gather. He soon faces numerous mysteries. Jang Pan Seok is a mysterious figure. He secretly looks for missing people. He is the connection between Duon Village and the outside world. He becomes a fraud partner with Kim Wook and he solves cases.

Lee Jong Ah is Kim Wook’s supporter. She is a white hat hacker out to gain social justice. She works as a law-ranking public officer at a community center as her day job. Shin Joon Ho is an elite detective. One month prior to his wedding with Choi Yeo Na, his fiancé disappeared. To find her, he applies for the missing person squad. (Source: AsianWiki)

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There is definitely a fantasy element to this kdrama. The notion of a village comprised of the missing dead is a unique one, I can’t really think of an equivalent in dramaland. Maybe in Kingdom: Season 2, although it really was a village of zombies actually 😋. I’m interested to see what relationships the characters have with each other as this will probably contain no romance, but maybe some bromance or sismance?

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Alice (2020)

Another time travel drama, this time it’s a Korean drama called Alice (2020). The kdrama stars Joo Won (Good Doctor) as a detective who travels through a device called “Alice.” Kim Hee Sun (Angry Mom) also stars and plays two separate characters. The teasers are interesting and the kdrama airs August 28, 2020 on SBS and should be English subbed.

Synopsis: “Alice” is about Park Jin Gyeom an emotionless detective who learns about the existence of time travelers and comes from the future through a device called “Alice.” In the course of his investigations into “Alice,” he has a fateful reunion with a woman who died a long time ago named Yoon Tae Yi . Actress Kim Hee Sun will be playing two characters who look alike, Yoon Tae Yi and Park Sun Young. (Source: Soompi)

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Source: SBS Now
Source: SBS Now

This reminds me of the recently aired kdrama Train (2020), which was also about a detective who was a traveler, only he traveled to parallel worlds and was chasing a serial killer, whereas in this drama the detective travels to the future. Maybe it’s more like Tomorrow With You (2017) where the hero could travel back and forth in time as well. There doesn’t appear to be any romance in this unlike Tomorrow With You (2017), but you can watch the teasers and see if it appeals to you.

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Monday Meeting – Rape and So Wayree

So I guess I took a week off the blog, (I actually had posts scheduled in advance cuz I knew I’d be busy this week, but it turned out I had the wrong dates scheduled, 😅 OOPS.). I did manage to watch the six episodes out of So Wayree (2020), and oh boy, where to begin? The very first episode is soo problematic, I continued watching hoping there was a twist or something that would redeem the show. Was there? Eh, not really. MASSIVE SPOILERS for first 6 episodes of So Wayree (2020) ahead. And yes, I will be talking about rape, so trigger warning for those who may be troubled by it.

Myth: Rape and sexual assault are about sexual attraction and gratification.

Fact: Rape and sexual assault are all about control and domination.

https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
So Wayree (2020)

Synopsis: Two hotel moguls, once family friends since the grandparents generation now sworn enemies, are fighting over who will reign supreme. Prinoot never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimontra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up he never knew what having a father was like. Pramida is the only heiress to the famous Emporium real estate mogul. She was pulled into this warring game after being drugged and sent to Prinoot as ransom. 4 years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that those were her siblings. Prinoot and Pramida meet again but standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies. Although they have the twins, not as chains of love but chains of enemies that tied them together unwillingly. (Source: asianfuse.net)

Summary of Episodes 1-6

Myth: Rape happens only to “certain” types of women.

Fact: Any person of any gender, age, race, class, religion, occupation, physical ability, sexual identity, or appearance can be raped. The perpetrator does not choose the victim because they are young, pretty, or provocatively dressed; the perpetrator chooses the victim who is vulnerable. 

Source: https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
Mitra (played by Mookda Narinrak)

So let’s begin with the story in episode 1. We see the heroine Mitra (played by Mookda Narinrak) is having a graduation party with her close friends, they’re taking pictures and I guess later they go to a bar in her father’s hotel where they drink nonalcoholic drinks. Meanwhile, it seems like the “hero” Parin (Kem Hussawee) is watching her from afar. One of Mitra’s so-called friends, Naphasiri, drugs Mitra’s drink and then we see Mitra being carried/dragged by Naphasiri (Kochakorn Songsangterm) to a hotel room, and Parin takes over. There is also money exchanged and words between Naphasiri and Parin. There are some bed scenes and Mitra wakes up with Parin next to her and she has no idea what happened. She leaves as quickly as possible and goes away to cry. So basically what happened was Parin paid Naphasiri as a pimp for Mitra’s services, never mind the fact that it’s obvious Mitra is drunk and has no clue what is happening. This is rape by any definition. I hoped I was wrong about this interpretation of what happened, but so far, nope, I’m not.

Kochakorn Songsangterm as Naphasiri

And in the next episodes, we see Mitra going overseas to live with her aunt, learning she is pregnant, having twins and putting them up for adoption, only to change her mind and have her aunt adopt them. She comes back to Thailand to help her dad run his company, which is in direct competition with Parin’s dad’s company. There she meets Parin again, and he chases after her, she tries to play him and keep him from finding out her secrets, while gathering admirers, and enemies.

Myth: If you wouldn’t have been drinking, you wouldn’t have been sexually assaulted. 

Fact: Alcohol is a weapon that some perpetrators use to control their victim and render them helpless. As part of their plan, a perpetrator may encourage the victim to use alcohol, or identify an individual who is already incapacitated. Alcohol is not a cause of rape; it is only one of many tools that perpetrators use. 

Source: https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
Kem Hussawee as Parin

We also learn a lot about Parin in six episodes. Apparently, according to his friend, he has a reputation with the ladies. Parin thinks he’s in love with Mitra, whose name I’m not even sure he knows until a couple of episodes in, spends years pining over his lost love, 🙄 without any sort of realization apparently that what he did was rape her. So he is pleased when he sees her again, she not so much. Parin attempts to rationalize what he did by saying that she was asking for it, that he thought she was for sale and well she put herself in a position to be drunk and therefore whatever happened to her, happened. In the later episodes 5 and 6, we see Parin seem to realize that he was mistaken about her, she is a good person, not a slut like he thought and she wasn’t a drunk whore slept with anyone for money like her friend said. He starts to try to help her behind the scenes in episode 6, so on.

Rape in So Wayree

There are sooo many problems with this lakorn, I don’t even know where to begin.

Photo by Josie Stephens on Pexels.com

Myth: Women shouldn’t go out alone at night as they are likely to get raped.

Fact: Only one in 10 of rapes are committed by ‘strangers’. 

Source: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/about-sexual-violence/myths-vs-realities/
  1. Being careless/making a mistake doesn’t excuse rape. First, there was a moment in the drama where Mitra’s father learns what happened and he says to Mitra, you were guilty because you were careless and Parin says something similar, that she put herself in a situation like that by being drunk. 🥵There’s so much wrong with that. Nobody can be careful all the time, we’re human, we’re going to make mistakes. So if by his metric, we happened to have a car break down in a bad neighborhood, or we overslept and got to work late and we had to stay late because of that and something happened to us, we were raped or hurt, that’s our fault? Those things happened to me, fortunately I was safe, but I guess I shouldn’t be since I wasn’t being careful enough. NOBODY is capable of being careful, proactive or mistake free 100% or even more than 60% of the time I would say. We’re only human. We’re not robots.
  2. Not being a virgin doesn’t excuse rape. Parin is told by Naphasiri that Mitra has slept with lots of guys and I guess that gave him the green light to rape because he says or implies numerous times that he thought she is/was a slut (even though there was blood on the bed after the rape). Regardless, whether she or anyone is a virgin or not doesn’t and shouldn’t give anyone leeway to rape them. Lakorns are notorious for this really. Often times, we see the ‘bad girls’ in lakorns, like in Marn Bang Jai being raped and she is never saved by anyone. Many lakorns have the good virginal girl, the nang’ek in situations where there’s an attempted rape and she’s usually saved by the hero (aka Prom Pissawat). The main exception to this is if the hero tries and/or rapes the heroine himself (no saving nang’ek from that!) and most slap and kiss lakorns are like that, with the rape mostly resulting in a romantic relationship and a happy ending. (And yeah, that’s a whole another discussion I don’t have space to write about now).
  3. Being drunk (or not) doesn’t excuse rape. Uh, do I even need to explain this? In fact, I would say being drunk means you can’t really give consent, so having sex with someone who’s drunk is a no-no. Mitra doesn’t know what happened, the lakorn makes it plain she and her friends were not drinking (though even if they were, that still wouldn’t excuse raping her), and her friend drugged her, but so far only the friend knows this and most assumed she was drunk, including Parin.
  4. Personal responsibility – a double standard. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use our brains that God gave us to protect ourselves, that’s just common sense of course. Yes, we should be careful where we are and what we do and educate ourselves, but this same argument is NEVER used for the rapist. Parin never seems to think about his own responsibility to like not rape someone, to make sure they are consenting to sex and oh, maybe actually use his brain at times. Instead, he and others rationalize their behavior so much it’s ridiculous. Parin’s father hears about the incident and basically claps him on the back and says good job, that Parin won’t be hurt at all from people knowing he is promiscuous. So Mitra should have been careful, but Parin did a good job, according to the views in this lakorn.

In conclusion

I want to make it clear that these views or myths about rape are widespread in every country to some degree and in many dramas besides lakorns (Koreans had to deal with a number of real life rape issues regarding a number of popular actors like Kang Ji Hwan recently), so this isn’t just a Thailand/lakorn problem, it’s much, much more pervasive than that. But this is a blog mostly based on lakorns, and So Wayree is a currently airing lakorn that features rape, so it seems like the ideal time to tackle this subject.

The lakorn tries to redeem Parin, he’s a great son, good at his job, likes kids, but all I can think is the dude paid someone to have sex, a drunk person at that. This doesn’t seem like my idea of a good person, or even a bad person. That seems pure evil. And yet, I liked Kawee and Sawan Biang (2008), so why does this bother me more? I’m not sure, maybe because it’s the first picture we get of Parin as a rapist. Or, quite frankly, while both Kem and Mookda are okay actors, neither of them are on the same level as Ken or Ann in Sawan Biang. Maybe also most rapes in lakorns are framed as being impulsive, spur of the moment fits of anger/jealousy or both and that’s what makes this cold blooded rape seem especially heinous.

Good chemistry, but the story is a no no.

Regardless, this lakorn really leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth. There are some things to like here, kids are cute, Parin’s half brother Chanathip might be a lazy spoiled rich kid, but he’s also treats his girlfriend with respect, is horrified by Parin’s treatment of Mitra and seems an overall nice guy. And Mitra seems like she may become a stronger person or at least she’s trying to become one. I also like how Parin’s friend Gun tells him some home truths about his behavior.

Boss Chanakan Poonsiriwong as Chanathip

But this lakorn embraces and justifies the many rape tropes and myths out there without trying to challenge them in any way. There’s these underlying assumptions that we’re supposed to be okay with and that’s not right. I really don’t know if I can keep watching it, as it doesn’t seem likely to change, but I see a number of people raving about this lakorn, so maybe I will watch more to write more about this lakorn. It is not okay.

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What’s Next? Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru

I haven’t featured any? many Japanese doramas on this blog simply because I haven’t been watching any or interested, but Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru (2020) caught my eye. The dorama started airing August 12, 2020 on NTV and features Hamabe Minami (Kakegurui (2018)) and Yokohama Ryusei (Anata no Ban Desu). Based off a manga, this dorama is billed as a suspense romantic drama and hopefully will be English subbed.

Source: Lieo48 yt channel

Synopsis: Kougetsu An, a well-established Japanese-style confectionery store where Nao’s mother worked and lived is where she met Tsubaki. However, after a certain incident, Nao’s mother was accused of murder and is arrested. Because of that, Nao was banned from Kougetsu An. Fifteen years later, Tsubaki revisits a disapproving Nao, which make the two compete at a showdown for their skills. The hateful Tsubaki who once made Nao’s life a crazy mess approached Nao later to marry him since he has yet to notice that his long-lost childhood friend is Nao. How will Nao react to this unexpected proposal?!

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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What’s Next? Dance of the Phoenix

For a while, I’ve had my eye on cdrama Dance of the Phoenix (2020), for 3 reasons: It features an arranged marriage and time travel, but it also stars a rising actor who is one of my favorites, Xu Kai Cheng (Well Intended Love) as the male lead and female lead is Yang Chao Yue (Midsummer is Full of Love). This airs August 10 on Tencent and Tencent dramas can usually be found on youtube and should be English subbed.

Source: Tencent Video yt channel

Synopsis: Once hailed as a genius girl, Feng Wu is discarded after falling victim to a plot against her. A modern-day girl enters the world of cultivation in the body of Feng Wu and falls in love with Jun Linyuan. Because of the machinations of her rival Zuo Qing Yu, Feng Wu loses the true blood of the phoenix. Her teacher expends all energy to save Feng Wu and falls into a state of slumber.

In the 21st century, Meng Yuan is a homebody and a student of traditional Chinese medicine. She accidentally enters the world of cultivation to become Feng Wu. Meanwhile, Feng Wu has a seemingly non-existent marriage arrangement with Jun Lin Yuan. Meng Yuan living as Feng Wu uses her knowledge of Chinese medicine to protect those who are dear to her. ~~ Adapted from the novel “Godly Empress Doctor” by Su Xiao Nuan.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

I’m not familiar with the female lead Yang Chao Yue, and this role seems to be one of her first starring roles, but I have watched Xu Kai Cheng in multiple dramas such as Well Intended Love and I’m a Pet At Dali Temple and he’s one of those rare actors who can smoothly flit between modern and historical roles without looking out of place. He’s a solid actor who can do possessive and yet very charming roles very well.

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Stranger 2 (2020)

August 15 is the airing date of Stranger 2 (2020) , and this is definitely on my plan to watch list. The sequel to Stranger 2017, the mystery/thriller kdrama got excellent reviews due to the writing, acting and complexity of the story so let’s hope Season 2 has more of the same. I watched season 1 and was impressed as well by it. The first season aired on Netflix and this will also be on Netflix and tvN.

Synopsis: The prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae Ha, want discretionary power over investigations. Meanwhile, the police, including Choi Bit, tries to get complete investigative authority that is independent of the prosecutor’s office. Under this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok and Detective Han Yeo Jin chase after the truth in a hidden case.

(Source: AsianWiki)

Jo Seung Woo is back as a prosecutor without emotion, and Bae Doo Na continues as well as a strong willed cop who works with him to solve crimes. Also returning is actor
Lee Joon Hyuk
who served as the antagonist in the first story mostly and screenwriter Lee Soo Yeon, although we do have a new director for the series, Park Hyun Suk (The Princess’s Man). The teaser and promotional skills looks like they put a lot of effort into it, so this should be another well crafted mystery kdrama on Netflix.

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Monday Meeting – Watching Now and future

I’ve been debating actually using Instagram (I never have really, just go there to look at other actors) as it occurred to me I would love to give a little feedback on what I’m watching as I watch episodes by episode, even when I don’t have a lot to say. For now, I’m just using this space to mourn the ending of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and talk about what I’m watching now.

Watching Now

That’s the smile I had on my face watching the last episode of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay just ended this Sunday and I did a whirlwind marathon of the last episodes. 😍 Strong ending I think that satisfied most fans. I thought some episodes in the middle of the drama weren’t as strong, especially a few episodes that focused more on side characters then the three main leads, whom I absolutely love. Regardless of the few qualms I had about that, this is definitely going on my Top 3 drama list. Just an outstanding drama on every level, from the directing, the music, the acting, even the writing for the most part.

Mia Archeep (2020)

Mia Archeep (2020) I’ve watched 8 out of what looks to be 14 episodes and this is a solid lakorn. I’ve read some criticisms about the male lead Dit and him not trusting her, being overly possessive and so on and those are true. But the heroine Lada was lying to him and he finds out so for him to trust her now is a bit unrealistic as they’re a pretty new couple still. Dit did take advantage of Lada in basically forcing her to live with him, and I’m also looking askew at him talking about and acting like Lada is someone he can buy, but the reality is that Lada herself put herself in a position to be bought. I looked at Dit’s views and actions more as payback at Lada for hurting him rather than his actual beliefs on women.

Outside of this very familiar lakorn territory, I’m loving Lada’s fierce comebacks and sly smirks as she gives back as good as she gets. This is NOT standard lakorn territory. Lada is at once the standard sweet, good nang’ek, but she schemes and plots like a nang’rai to capture Dit’s attention at times. By the way, the couple have been for several episodes committed to dating each other, so while Lada was coerced by her employer into the relationship, they’ve also made a commitment apart from it to each other without coercion. Obviously, the whole relationship is based on coercion, so we shouldn’t overlook that and it is important, but I think on the whole, the lakorn does a good job of showing two people falling in love and getting to know each other better.

Prom Pissawat

Prom Pissawat looks to be 16 episodes long, and I’m 5 episodes in. Prom Pissawat is like that car accident that you can’t help looking at as you drive by. This is packed galore with so many standard lakorn or just drama cliches, the evil stepmom AND stepsibling (although she might be redeemable later), the abusive pra’ek who thinks all women are EVIL, the scheming women who try to thwart the main couple and on and on and on, gambling debt, forced kisses, etc.

There’s not really one area that really elevates this lakorn above the mediocre. I like the songs, the acting, eh to okay, characters same, storyline nothing new, and so on. I’ve left many a drama for worse. I was planning to drop this lakorn, yet, with some time on my hands, I watched another episode. Why? I don’t know.😀 So I may or may not continue this. But for what’s it worth, if you like the slap and kiss genre, the clingy and possessive male who chases the female, this is that drama.

The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020)

I’m halfway through the 24 episodes of The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and still loving it! The joy of a drama that pokes fun at itself! For those who don’t know, this cdrama is about a screenwriter who somehow ends up in her own story, so she puzzles at some of her choices she made like this side character she just invented to further the plot. It’s fun, it’s tongue in cheek and I love that we see the male lead chasing her, while she’s attempting to push him into the arms of the heroine of her story which isn’t her. Definitely worth the watch. I put this aside for a bit as it was still airing and picked it up again now to renewed love.

I’ve also got a pile of dramas I’ve put on hold or dropped or only watch sporadically that I don’t want to talk about now, so let’s go on to the plan to watch list.

Plan to Watch

So just about all the dramas I’ve talked about on this site are ones I plan on checking out, 😂, which is why I wrote about them in the first place, but these are ones I’ll probably write about.

Upcoming lakorn So Wayree (2020)

So Wayree (2020) This lakorn is finally airing August 14 and it’s one I’ve had my eye on for a long time! So I’m definitely going to check this out. It’s got secret babies, twins, hate to love relationship, you name it! Neko will be English subbing this! Yay Neko!

Synopsis: Two hotel moguls, once family friends since the grandparents generation now sworn enemies, are fighting over who will reign supreme. Prinoot never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimontra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up he never knew what having a father was like. Pramida is the only heiress to the famous Emporium real estate mogul. She was pulled into this warring game after being drugged and sent to Prinoot as ransom. 4 years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that those were her siblings. Prinoot and Pramida meet again but standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies. Although they have the twins, not as chains of love but chains of enemies that tied them together unwillingly. (Source: asianfuse.net)

I enjoyed the first season and now Stranger 2 (2020) starts this week and I assume it will be airing on Netflix as well. The last season didn’t have any romance, so I suspect this one won’t either, however if you want to watch a good mystery/thriller drama, I would bank on this drama!

Synopsis: The prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae Ha, want discretionary power over investigations. Meanwhile, the police, including Choi Bit, tries to get complete investigative authority that is independent of the prosecutor’s office. Under this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok and Detective Han Yeo Jin chase after the truth in a hidden case. (Source: AsianWiki)

What are you watching now? In the future?

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What’s Next? Love and Redemption

A lot of people are waiting for the next Xianxia hit, which may turn out to be the latest cdrama Love and Redemption, which airs August 6. It stars Crystal Yuan (Ever Night (2018)) and Cheng Yi (Noble Aspirations (2016)) and is about a masked man who must find true love to break a curse. This Youku drama should be English subbed.

Source: iDrama u yt channel

Synopsis: According to legends, the god of war saved the heavens in a deadly battle against the demon a thousand years ago. Both fell from the heavens and disappeared from the world. Chu Xuan Ji was born to the world lacking in the six senses which makes her rather clueless and inept. She befriends Yu Xi Feng, the outstanding head disciple of Lize Palace who falls for her, thus beginning a xianxia romance that is entangled with the conspiracies from the past.

The Zan Hua Tournament is being held in the Shaoyang Sect and its leader Chu Lei has two daughters – his trusted eldest daughter Chu Ling Long, and the youngest daughter Chu Xuan Ji who is lazy and terrible at martial arts. When Yu Si Feng and Chu Xuan Ji meet through a coincidence, they forge a friendship with each other. Yu Si Feng falls for Xuan Ji despite the harsh consequences that he must face as it is forbidden for students of Lize Palace to fall in love.

Meanwhile, Ling Long clashes with Wu Tong after she criticized his foul actions at the tournament. In retaliation, Wu Tong accidentally injures Xuan Ji and gets expelled. Having recovered from her injuries, Xuan Ji promises to concentrate on cultivating. Four years later, Xuan Ji and Yu Si Feng meet again. Si Feng wears a mask due to a curse that can only be broken if he finds true love. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)

(Source: mydramalist.com)

This drama was described as wuxia by some people, and I was unsure about that so I looked it up. Basically, wuxia dramas are about martial artists who can do awesome things through their prowess at martial arts, like scale walls and fly in the air. (Think tv drama Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) or movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Xianxia, on the other hand, has roots in wuxia, but it is more high fantasy, featuring immortals, ghosts, demons, etc. Xianxia means ‘Immortal heroes,’ while wuxia means ‘Martial heroes.’ I got this info from here, so be sure to check the site out if you want to learn more. There is a lot happening in the trailer, so it will be interesting to see if this cdrama can live up to its hype.

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What’s Next? Chun Cheu Bussaba

August 5 is the airing date of the latest kdrama remake coming to lakornland, Chun Cheu Bussaba (2020) is a remake of the ‘My Lovely Sam Soon (2005)’. It stars Bee Namthip (Aruna 2019) and Film Thanapat (Mia 2018). This is a GMM One lakorn, so hopefully it should be English subbed.

Chun Cheu Bussaba (2020)

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.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

This is an older woman, younger man theme that we’re seeing more and more of in lakornland. Bee Namthip and Film Thanapat were also both in Mia 2018 and Aruna 2019. I do like how Bee is styled, she looks quite natural except for that hair in some shots, but overall I think they did a good job of just making her look normal, not particularly dowdy.

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Count Your Lucky Stars (2020)

We have a new modern cdrama out that I’m excited about, Count Your Lucky Stars stars Jerry Yan (Loving, Never Forgetting) and Shen Yue (A Love So Beautiful (2017)). Count Your Lucky Stars started airing August 3 and is a romantic comedy about a couple exchanging luck that is also an age gap relationship. This is a Mango Tv production and they usually have English subs on their videos on youtube, so it should be English subbed.

Synopsis: Lu Xingcheng was used to having the world at his feet until he lost everything in an instant. Tong Xiaoyou used to be eternally jinxed until the day she became famous overnight. CHIC editor Lu Xingcheng has a haughty personality and a sharp tongue. In the fashion world, he is a legendary figure and famous for being lucky. Tong Xiaoyou is an unknown designer who is unlucky in everything that she does. An accident causes their lucks to be interchanged and their lives take a drastic turn. As Tong Xiaoyou gets to know Lu Xingcheng, she gradually learns about his hidden past and discovers a man who yearns for family despite his arrogant facade. Tong Xiaoyou wants to help her idol return to his former glory, but his egotistic tendencies can be hard to deal with. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)

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Mmm. I mean, hmm. Jerry Yan

Shen Yue is 23 years old and Jerry Yan is 43 so there is a 20 year age gap here, but honestly Jerry Yan could easily pass for his thirties. If you watched the teaser and the bts, they actually look good together, much to my surprise. The premise of this is very similar to 2018’s kdrama Lovely Horribly which was about a couple that exchanged good fortune and misfortune. I watched part of that kdrama, enjoyed some parts, but the couple lacked chemistry to the extreme. Hopefully that won’t be a problem with this drama.

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