If you can’t play the video, here is the link to the teaser here. And you can find a mv here.
Synopsis: Pachara was cursed by his lover named Matira. Because of the curse, Pachara becomes immortal without having the death and having the heartbeat. After thousands of years, he meets the artist named Praploy. As soon as he sees Praploy he feels that it was the reincarnation of his past love Matira. So he hates Praoploy and has conflicts with her. Is Praoploy really Matira who cursed Pachara? Will the hatred of Pachara towards Praoploy eventually turn into love? (Source: Collin Hypercuz on Dramarice.com)
Will Dao Kon La Duang (2021) be the action lakorn done right? Not sure, but the teaser is out and the action sequences are varied and look good. Very, very cautiously optimistic. I’ve been burned too many times by action lakorns to have high hopes. The lakorn airs January 25, 2021 on Channel 3, and is a remake of a 1999 lakorn. Great action crew here starring Great Warintorn, Pop Thagoon, Boom Suphaphorn andMew Piatha. So there should be at least 2 couples, and can we get some bromance as well in this police drama? Neko will be English subbing this lakorn.
I haven’t been able to embed some links, so if you can’t see the trailer, here it is here and Neko has an English subbed version here.
Synopsis: Thanat and Wasan are the sons of police officers who grew up together. Since childhood, both wanted to become a police officer with the same ideology as their fathers. After taking the position of inspector at the Crime Suppression Division of Narcotics, Thanat has the opportunity to work together with Wasan in finding drug dealers. They also meet Supika, a talented female police officer. She’s close to Chalanthorn, a beautiful girl who’s popular in the same social circle as Sia Sunai, who has a background in the drug dealing business. Chalanthorn starts working with the police by giving them confidential information, which puts her in danger. Thanat is always by her side to protect her and they develop feelings for each other. The same happens with Wasan and Supika, after going through many dangerous situations together. (Source: MyDramaList)
Been a long time since I’ve done one of these, not since the summer. But with so many new dramas airing now and on the horizon, I felt the need since I definitely won’t be covering all these lakorns.
By the way, I don’t post about cable/digital dramas being released on GMM youtube channel, but they do English sub their lakorns on a regular basis, so I urge people to subscribe to their channel to keep up. With the fansubbers, it’s more unclear which lakorns will be subbed and when, so I think it’s more important to focus on them.
Theptida Pla Rah (2021) – Mahadsajan is a spoiled rich guy whose father Sedtee is a political representative to Bai Mon’s country town. Mahadsajan wanted to marry a woman he met at a party, who is also his sister’s friend. But, in order to marry her, his father had a condition in which Mahadsajan had to go and learn the ways of life at Bai Mon’s home.
Dao Kon La Duang (2021) – Thanat and Wasan are the sons of police officers who grew up together. Since childhood, both wanted to become a police officer with the same ideology as their fathers. After taking the position of inspector at the Crime Suppression Division of Narcotics, Thanat has the opportunity to work together with Wasan in finding drug dealers. They also meet Supika, a talented female police officer. She’s close to Chalanthorn, a beautiful girl who’s popular in the same social circle as Sia Sunai, who has a background in the drug dealing business. Chalanthorn starts working with the police by giving them confidential information, which puts her in danger. Thanat is always by her side to protect her and they develop feelings for each other. The same happens with Wasan and Supika, after going through many dangerous situations together.
Thippy is just about finished with the 2020 version of Rahut Rissaya, which I’m watching and liking. It’s very different from the 2007 lakorn, not sure which I prefer. Wong Wien Hua Jai (2021) just started, and Thippy will also be subbing Talay Luang (2021)), an island romance lakorn with a man with amnesia. Sounds familiar? Yeah, it’s been done before, Sao Noi (2012), Game Rai Game Rak (2011) and so on.
Talay Luang (2021) – A strange man with amnesia appears on an island; there he meets Moya, begins to fall in love and starts building her an island resort. Against the warnings of her best friend, Moya starts to fall in love with him too. However just as their love blooms, a pregnant woman arrives claiming the man is her husband. She takes him back. So Moya tries to forget him, but he returns with memories intact as a player. (Source: thaidramatic_update)
Kaew Lerm Korn (2021) – Kaew and Chidchanok are twins who lived separate lives because of their aunt who wants to inherit their father’s fortune. Kaew grew up in poverty with a cruel mother and sister, while Chidchanok lives with her father after they fled to France. Chidchanok decides to go back to Thailand to find her mother. Eventually the twins meet and try to help each other get away from their aunt, who wants to kill them. (Source: MyDramaList)
Duang Jai Nai Montra (2021) – Pachara was cursed by his lover named Matira. Because of the curse, Pachara becomes immortal without having the death and having the heartbeat. After thousands of years, he meets the artist named Praploy. As soon as he sees Praploy he feels that it was the reincarnation of his past love Matira. So he hates Praoploy and has conflicts with her. Is Praoploy really Matira who cursed Pachara? Will the hatred of Pachara towards Praoploy eventually turn into love? (Source: Collin Hypercuz on Dramarice.com)
Looks like the first slap and kiss of 2021, soWong Wien Hua Jai (2021) starring Porche Saran (Sai Lohit (2018)) and Now Tisanart (Duang Jai Kabot (2019)), who both starred together in (Sai Lohit (2018)). The remake is a slap and kiss about a guy who marries? a girl to keep her from interfering with his sister’s marriage. The orginal lakorn aired in 1984, and there was a popular remake in 2009 Wong Wien Hua Jai which starred Weir Sukollawat and Pinky Savika. Airing January 21, 2021 on Channel 7 on Wednesday and Thursday. Thippy will be English subbing this.
Synopsis: Bow returns to Thailand after she learns that her boyfriend, Pong (Takphet), has cheated on her and has impregnated Vithinee (Ploy) who he is now going to marry. Vithinee is the younger sister of the male lead, Tos (Porche ) who is the owner of a plantation and is extremely protective over his sickly sister.
Lost in the pain of heartbreak and deceit, Bow decides to go to a club alone and drink her pain away. There she somehow ends up in a bad situation — almost being drugged and compromised by a criminal. She is, however, saved by Tos, who manages to take her to a private room safely.
The protective older brother — unwilling to let Bow ruin his sister’s happiness — ends up using this opportunity to tie Bow to himself. He tells Bow’s father that he has slept with his daughter, which makes the older man marry Bow off to Tos in order to protect his daughter’s virtue. Thus begins a very push and pull love story of Bow and Tos. (Source:thaidramatic_update; Edited by Soju at MyDramaList)
I’ve already posted about Talay Luang or It All Begins at the Sea (2021) (which is such a generic name, I’m gonna keep calling it Talay Luang. But this time, the teaser is out and we have an airing date, January 26, 2021. This Channel 7 lakorn stars Mik Thongraya (Jark Sadtroo Soo Hua Jai) and Sammy Cowell (Lhong Ngao Jun(2019). I like both actors and look forward to this pairing. I think Thippy and Muse will be English subbing this lakorn.
Synopsis: A strange man with amnesia appears on an island; there he meets Moya, begins to fall in love and starts building her an island resort. Against the warnings of her best friend, Moya starts to fall in love with him too. However just as their love blooms, a pregnant woman arrives claiming the man is her husband. She takes him back. So Moya tries to forget him, but he returns with memories intact as a player. (Source:thaidramatic_update)
Lots of dramas were English subbed in 2020, so many I can’t really talk about all of them. So I decided to focus on the lakorns I’ve actually watched at least half of and give some mini reviews so you can decide whether you want to watch or not. And there weren’t a lot of dramatic lakorns that I felt should be English subbed that wasn’t except perhaps the Thai remake of Japanese dorama Mother (2020), so I won’t have a part two this time where I talk about the dramas I wished were subbed.
This year, I’ve already done 2020 comedy lakorns part 1, part 2, historical lakorns andaction lakorns. Last year, I put all the 2019 English subbed lakorns in part 1 and if they were not subbed, but sounded interesting, or different and should be subbed, they were part 2. So you can check out these posts to see what you may have missed out on in 2019. So 2019 action lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 comedy lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 drama lakorns (slap n kiss included) part 1 here, part 2 here. 2019 historical lakorns here.
Drama can be a very broad category covering everything from melodramas, more even keeled, but non comic lakorns, to slap and kiss lakorns. I decided to narrow this to lakorns that don’t fall into other categories, so if it’s a horror lakorn or historical lakorn, I’m not covering it here. I did decide to include slap and kiss lakorns because I’m not making a separate post about them.
My Forever Sunshine (2020) – The story about Paeng, a girl with a tragic life. After losing her father, she has to go live at Artit’s house. The only way for her to be able to stay at this house is to be with him. But no one expected that her approaching Artit nearly costs him his life. He ends up hating her to the bones and she is exiled far from home for four years until the day they come across each other again. One might think that time will lessen hate, but not for Artit. Not only he still hates her, but he also hates her even more than before. But in order to keep her final promise to Artit’s father, she must endure it! (Source: VIU) (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting?My Forever Sunshine (2020) started off on a really intense note, with our main heroine losing her parents and practically witnessing their deaths at the age of 16. She proceeds to really self-destruct and then we have a time skip of years before we meet her again and we land in a farm comedy. Literally. I was expecting this intense, psychological study of a girl in crisis that would really have revolutionize lakorns forever and instead I got a farm comedy. We stay in that farm comedy mode for most of the drama, only near the last episodes is the trauma of the first few episodes even addressed. I felt this was such a lost opportunity, but on the other hand, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the comedy part or how the romance slowly develops. And why can’t a drama choose to focus on someone who’s healthy and whole rather than broken by their traumatic past? Still, it was disappointing in all. Subbed by Muse.
Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) – Rosita gets into a car accident and suddenly gets a talent where she sees the future when she touches a rose. She becomes a famous fortune teller. One day, she makes a prediction in public to reporters that Theeruth, a famous actor, will make a woman pregnant and have a secret child. That prediction gets Theeruth into trouble and their relationship becomes antagonistic from that day. A few years later, there is a charity event and the host invites Theeruth and four celebrities as special guests, and also invites Rosita to tell their fortunes. Five celebrities choose different roses and give them to her to read. Once Rosita touches those roses, she sees sweet scenes of Theeruth and herself hugging, kissing and loving each other very much. She is so shocked. Her reaction is so strange and the five celebrities are very curious about what she saw. Rosita does not tell anyone and claims that she saw nothing. But all the guests do not believe her. After that day, something strange happens to her. She is attacked by someone and the suspect is one of the five celebrities whose fortunes she had read. The biggest suspect is Theeruth who had always been her opponent. But one day, he coincidentally saves her from the criminal and also offers to let her live with him as it is the safest place for her since everyone thinks that they are opponents. Their relationship improves little by little from that day through many dangerous situations to find the real criminal who wants to kill Rosita. (Source: James Ji Fansub)
Reason it’s interesting? Overall a solid drama, Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) featured one of the top themes in 2020 lakorns where the main character has some sort of special powers, be it ESP or some other type of power. This drama also had one of the best male leads in any drama, he was very sweet, protective and he was always watching out for the heroine. James Jiyaru did an excellent job acting as Theeruth. I didn’t feel the same enthusiasm for a heroine (or her hairstyles, which distracted me greatly as they seemed to change multiple times in the same episode.) but she was okay too. This was a mystery/thriller as someone kept attacking the nang’ek and you had to figure whodunit from a range of suspects, and while the main villains weren’t too surprising, I enjoyed the mystery and learning more about what was behind the attacks. Subbed by Muse.
Mia Archeep (2020) – The Plan is a business that turns women into perfect ladies for a man, which is managed by Mr. Robert. He calls these women the “Ideal Wife”. Chollada is from a middle-class family who became a perfect and educated lady by The Plan. She was considered to be a great product from the company. Mr. Robert thinks she’s perfect for Kasidit and tries to invite him for this service many times. Kasidit starts to think of this as a fun game, so he accepts it and meets Chollada. It’s no longer a game for him when he falls in love with her, but he doesn’t know if she truly likes him or if it’s a set up by The Plan.
Reason it’s interesting? Solid lakorn overall, that played up some clichés, had loving family relationships. Unlike some lakorns, this lakorn felt much more grounded in the present, with the female lead Chollada having a more modern relationship with the male lead played by Mai Warit. There is some angst here because of the premise and also people who are trying to break up their relationship, but I felt this was a surprisingly well made lakorn and the main couple had lots of chemistry. Subbed by Neko.
So Wayree (2020) – Two hotel moguls, once family friends since their grandparents’ generation, are now sworn enemies, and are competing with each other to become the top in the industry. Parin never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimantra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up, he never knew what having a father was like. Paramita is the only heiress of the famous Emporium real estate mogul. Before going overseas to further her studies, something horrible happened to her. Four years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that they were her cousins, adopted by her aunt. She then meets the man who caused her misery after many years and decides to willingly help her father into the warring game after finding out that he was the son of her father’s rival. Parin and Paramita, standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies (Source: asianfuse.net)
Reason it’s interesting? This was one of the most popular and talked about dramas of 2020. I watched about half of it before I couldn’t take it any more. There is a lot of drama here and this is a slap and kiss drama featuring a rape. I was there for the female empowerment, the heroine getting revenge on her abuser, but I just couldn’t stand how weak the heroine became as she fell in love? And the fall in love part? I didn’t see that. How, when, where did she fall ln love? I wanted to see them reunite, but not without major groveling on hero’s part and actions that showed he was sincere. I also wanted heroine to be more fierce and really make him work for his redemption. Kids are cute though. This lakorn really could have used some rewriting and more seasoned actors. Subbed by Neko and Muse.
Prom Pissawat (2020) – This is the story of God bringing two unlikely people from different parts of the world together. Plapol, a half Korean-half Thai man who grew up in Korea his whole life but chose to escape to Thailand sees his new step-mother as just another gold digger after his dad’s wealth. He pretty much thinks that of all women because his mother disappeared from his life since divorcing his dad when he was young. With hatred for his step-mother, Plapol decided to go to Thailand to find his mother. While in Thailand, Plapol goes to a bar and meets a young woman named Pantawan, a sexy singer who’s popular among the men there. He views her in the same light as the other women he has come across in his life. However, Pantawan is not that type of woman and doesn’t take insult from anyone especially from a misogynistic man like him. The two always get in a fight but eventually they came to an understanding and fell in love. But after love blossomed, all is not rosy for Plapol and Pantawan because of one truth that gets revealed: Pantawan’s mother is Plapol’s new step-mother. (Source: NinjaKKN) ~~ Adapted from a novel of the same title by author Tepita
Reason it’s interesting? This was another popular drama and for many of the same reasons that the previous drama was popular. Again the very angsty story, lots of drama and conflict. Here we also had a tale of families divided and reunited. But overall, the storyline was pretty cliché and mediocre. I didn’t really feel the romance, or the acting or anything really took it to another level which made me want to continue watching the last part of it. I may still finish it, I don’t know, but it’s no priority. Subbed by Muse and Neko.
Rahut Rissaya (2020) When the heiress of a billionaire family lost everything including her parents who got murdered…lost all the properties to her aunt and her daughter. Her revenge starts with a businessman who is a fiancé of her aunt’s daughter, as he becomes a chess piece in her game. She uses a confidential document that shows his father’s bad deed as a way to force/pressure him. But their closeness turns to love. Before she starts to see the value in his love and to learn how to forgive, everything is almost too late. (Source: Choi’s_(MY) at MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? A remake of a 2007 titular lakorn, this lakorn seemed more like a complete reimaging of the 2007 version rather than a remake. Just a lot of scenes changed and/or deleted and new scenes added. Characters were fleshed out, or changed and so on. I liked the idea of the changes more than the execution because often times the new dialogue/scenes wasn’t very compelling. Still, good chemistry between the couple and Bank Artit really gives a stand out performance here as Siwa, who has to go through seeing his family torn apart and yet also have a new love bloom. This is even darker than the previous 2007 version, with more attempted murders/murders, but there are some comic moments here to lighten things up. Subbed by Thippy.
Many More English Subbed Lakorns
There were a lot of lakorns subbed this year, in part thanks to streaming platforms like Viu, Dimsum, which isn’t accessible from the US. So there were a lot of lakorns I didn’t watch but still wanted to include in case you’re interested.
So it’s time to start talking about lakorns I’m looking forwards to in 2021. We have a brand old pairing in the upcoming lakornPraomook (2021) starring Pon Nawasch and Bua Nalinthip, both also starred together in Tra Barb See Chompoo. This is about a forced marriage and of course, I am excited! A Channel 3 lakorn, Neko has it on her subbing list, so I’m hopeful it will be English subbed😍🥰😘. No word yet on the exact airing date, but there’s been some material released recently that suggests it’ll be in the 1st part of 2021, so hopefully we’ll see it soon!
Synopsis: Praomook works at a nightclub to earn money and pay a debt. She doesn’t get along with Chalunthorn because he misunderstood her, thinking she’s a bad girl. One day, his parents ask Praomook to marry Chalunthorn to remove the bad luck from him. She accepts the proposal just to get back at him. He pretends to be gay to avoid her but she doesn’t believe it. They will eventually start falling for each other, but there are obstructions to their love. Treenutch, Chalunthorn’s ex wants revenge while trying to get Chalunthorn back. There’s also Maithong, rival of Praomook’s family and Chalunthorn’s fling.
I’m going back and clearing out some of my old posts I’ve been working on and realized I forgot to post this. Sooo, here you go. This drama already started airing on Dec 24 and just finished on January 7 with 32 episodes.
A light hearted historical Chinese drama, A Love So Romantic might just be the romantic comedy I’ve been looking for this year. Yang Zhi Wen‘s first starring role pairs her with Ye Sheng Jia (Endless Eighteen). This looks to be another bubbly young miss in love with a cold hearted man, but that can be fun if it’s done right. Another Tencent production that is already English subbed on youtube, A Love So Romantic will also be on viki.
Synopsis: As a flower girl, Su Xiao Wan never really imagined her simple life would ever be anything other than ordinary. But when an accidental mixup lands her in a sibling contract with Gu Yan Xi, the young master of the well-known Gu family, her simple life is flipped upside down. Now obligated to play the part of Gu Yan Xi’s younger sister, Xiao Wan finds herself tangled in the affairs of one of the most prominent business families in the land.
Constantly hounded by Yang Xi’s sharp tongue and ceaseless schemes, Xiao Wan is forced to rely on her quick wit and sly tricks, in order to survive. Never allowed a moment’s peace, Xiao Wan can only find respite while in the company of Gu Zi Qian, the family’s second master. A warm and caring young man, Zi Qian takes it upon himself to look after Xiao Wan, shielding her, whenever possible, from the constant pestering of his older brother. Unfortunately for Xiao Wan, Zi Qian’s kindness is fueled by his own secret ambitions.
Soon trapped in a complicated relationship with both Yang Xi and Zi Qian, Xiao Wan struggles to find a way out. As her head tells her to go one way, her heart tells her to go another; leaving Xiao Wan to wonder, which brother will ultimately help her find the happiness she desires? (Source: Viki)
Here’s part 2 of 2020 comedy lakorns. I like going back and looking at what was subbed and what wasn’t. I’m always hoping to find some undiscovered gems that weren’t English subbed. By the way, obviously I chose to cover the lakorns that are interesting to me, and not every 2020 comedy lakorn is covered.
This year, I’ve already done 2020 comedy lakorns part 1, historical lakorns andaction lakorns. Last year, I put all the 2019 English subbed lakorns in part 1 and if they were not subbed, but sounded interesting, or different and should be subbed, they were part 2. So you can check out these posts to see what you may have missed out on in 2019. So 2019 action lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 comedy lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 drama lakorns (slap n kiss included) part 1 here, part 2 here. 2019 historical lakorns here.
NOT ENGLISH SUBBED
My Precious Bad Luck (2020) – Clumsy Luckkana has always considered herself unlucky. In the hopes of bettering her life, the deeply superstitious Luckkana often seeks fortune tellers. And she believes them unquestioningly. So when a fortuneteller insists that her ex will change her bad luck, Luckkana is determined to find Chokebordee, her nerdy school love. But the ugly duckling became a swan—or in this case a handsome, smart man. He is so transformed that Luckkana almost doesn’t recognize him. When she does, how will their love story continue? (Source: Collin Hypercuz and bumblethunderbeast at Mydramalist) (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? This has a classic rom comedy plot, so I’m kinda surprised that someone hasn’t subbed it already. The whole ‘ugly duckling turns to swan thing,’ (True Beauty (2020)) the ‘lucky/unlucky plot’ (Count Your Lucky Stars (2020)) both has turned out romantic comedies in Korea and elsewhere. And the teaser looks fun enough, maybe the lack of star power has kept this lakorn from being subbed.
Jor Way Lah Haa Poo Yai (2020) – No synopsis available, but from the teaser it looks like the hero goes back into the past and his modern devices causes all sorts of hilarity!
Reason it’s interesting? This is another time traveling lakorn that is still airing in January. The teaser is pure slapstick, and that’s unusual to have in a time traveling lakorn. Also looks like it might have a bada** female lead, which I like, by the look of the girl in the last part of the teaser. This is a Channel 7 lakorn and it might be interesting if it isn’t too long.
Sapai Rai Sukdina (2020)– No synopsis, but the title is The Daughter In Law so I’m assuming there’s a marriage here and Mom isn’t pleased. Lots of music and comedy in the trailer too. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? Marriage of convenience, comedy, singing. What’s not to like? This is a remake of 2001 lakorn which even had a 2011 sequel so it must have been somewhat popular back in the day. Since it is a Channel 8 lakorn it’s hard to tell if it will ever be English subbed, as Channel 8 lakorns are rarely subbed, and it’s also 38 episodes of 40 min each, so….
More drama remakes on the way from Japan, this time it’s Cinderella is Online (2021), a remake of Chinese drama megahitLove O2O (2016). This Japanese dorama stars Seto Toshiki (Marry Me!2020) and Nakamura Riho (Shanai Marriage Honey) as college students who fall in love thanks in part to a video game they both play. The dorama starts airing January 12, 2021 on Fuji tv. Definitely expect this to be English subbed.
Synopsis: Arisawa Ichika, a second year college student who attends a prestigious university is indifferent to romance and crazy about online game ‘Tenkyo’. Her avatar Vivi gets into a virtual relationship with top player Leon. After they meet in person, she finds out he is her senior and the campus prince, Onoda Asahi who is popular, athletic and owns a gaming company. The two are attracted to each other and started dating. However a co-worker and the campus belle enters the picture. Arisawa also gets attacked by slander from those who are jealous of her. source: 38jiejie, fujitv
I like the fact thatCinderella is Online (2021) is only 10 episodes long, as the originalLove O2O (2016) was 30 episodes long, 45 min each. It wasn’t that draggy, but I definitely felt the story could use some trimming. Outside of that and the lame kisses, I enjoyed the cute love story at the heart of Love O2O (2016) and I’m looking forward to watching this dorama. Only one episode a week, so it might be wise to wait until it’s subbed.