I just recently complained about Thailand’s lack of mystery/thriller/detective lakorns here, so naturally of course, Thailand chooses to release a new lakorn featuring a female investigator?!!! and her teaming up with other cops (and love interests maybe?). Lhong Klin Chan (2021)) stars Thanwa Suriyajak (Song Naree (2019)) and Anyarin Terathananpat (Talay Duerd (2021)) and just started airing May 26, 2021 on channel 7. Thippy should be subbing this one and I’m so ready for this and Voice 4! The teasers really look promising! I just hope Thailand keeps more lakorns of this genre coming.
Synopsis: Warnruk, a female investigator, gets transferred to her small hometown in order to investigate the homicide of Chankrapor, who was murdered and buried underneath a Chan por tree. There she meets the forensics doctor of the area, who although likes to question her intelligence, also teams up with her in order to find the murderer. Together with them is Trichai, a young and handsome lieutenant, who is always ready to help. However, the catch of this case is that the deeper you search, the thicker the fog becomes. (Source:thaidramatic_update; Edited by Soju at MyDramaList) (Source: MyDramaList)
I was bemoaning the lack of gumiho love from the recent kdrama Tale of the Nine TailedFox, but now ANOTHER gumiho tale is dropping. Wow! My Roommate Is a Gumiho (2021) is another kdrama based on the romance between a human and a gumiho. It stars Jang Ki Yong (Search: WWW) as the male gumiho and Lee Hye Ri (Reply 1988) as a female college student. This is another tvN drama and it should be English subbed. It airs May 26, 2021 two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday and should be the usual 16 episodes.
Synopsis: Shin Woo Yeo is a handsome and smart professor. He is also a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox. To become a human, he collects human energy in a bead. Soon, he is set to become a human. Meanwhile, Lee Dam is a university student. One day, her drunk friend falls asleep on top of an expensive car. She apologizes to Shin Woo Yeo, who is the car owner. While Lee Dam struggles to take her friend away, Shin Woo Yeo gives her a hand. An accident happens that changes their fate. Shin Woo Yeo’s bead falls out of his mouth and Lee Dam unintentionally swallows it. The bead can exist inside of a human for no more than 1 year and, afterwards, the bead will break inside of that person. This will cause Lee Dam to die and Shin Woo Yeo will lose his chance to become a human. Shin Woo Yeo explains to Lee Dam their predicament and suggests that they should live together until they figure out a solution. Lee Dam, who has never had a boyfriend in her life, now lives with Shin Woo Yeo. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~ Adapted from a webtoon of the same name by Na.
Could anyone really watch all the Chinese dramas being produced? They seem so prolific but maybe I’m imagining things? Anyway, here’s another drama that caught my attention, this time it’s Please Feel at Ease Mr. Ling (2021). I really loved female lead Rosy Zhao in The Romance of Tiger and Rose, don’t know the male lead Terry Liu from My Dear Lady (2020) though. The story reminds me of kdrama Save the Last Dance for Me 2004 with the guy having amnesia and meeting the heroine before going back to his regular life. A Youku production coming to you May 20, 2021, hopefully will be English subbed.
Synopsis: A story of how the ‘rabbit’ brings home a ‘big bad wolf’ follows a young woman named Gu An Xin who chances upon the hotshot executive Ling Yue after he encountered an accident. Gu An Xin picked up a man. At first, she thought he was stupid, but after a few days of interaction, he proves himself to be a genius. As it turns out, Ling Yue got into an accident after being caught in the ugly fight for succession of a powerful conglomerate. With two people so different from each other living together, what kind of relationship will it bring? (Source: ChineseDrama.info) ~~ Adapted from the web novel “I Accidentally Picked Up a President” (一不小心捡到个总裁) by Chun Feng Yi Du (纯风一度).
Hmm, another romantic comedy from Thailand! Mook Worranit (Angel Beside Me) and Luke Ishikawa (Nabi, My Stepdarling) star in Oh My Boss (2021)! This lakorn reminds me of kdrama My Secret Romance (2017) with its workplace relationship. It starts airing May 19, 2021 2 days a week on GMM so it should be English subbed on youtube.
Synopsis: When Noomnim finally lands a solid job, she decides to have a fun night out with her friend to celebrate. At the bar, she meets a handsome stranger and spends a lovely night with him. However, that stranger turns out to be her new boss! Luckily for her, the handsome CEO doesn’t seem to remember her. Or does he? When he makes Noomnim his personal assistant, she finds herself wondering whether he is interested in her or just this flirtatious with everyone. (Source: Wander_Queen at MyDramaList)
A Chinese drama I’ve been waiting for, The Lion’s Secret (2020) stars Zhu Ya Wen (Across the Ocean to See You) as a former soldier and Yang Zi Shan (Never Gone) as a female CEO who enter into a contract marriage together. Billed as an action drama, expect to see plenty of action and romance and this iQiyi production should have English subs.
Synopsis: The story of the lion and the lazy cat follows two people who get married first before falling in love. Mu WanQing is a successful lady CEO and Liu Qing is an unemployed former soldier.
Mu WanQing (Yang ZiShan) and Liu Qing’s (Zhu YaWen) first encounter was on their wedding day. With no feelings for each other, their relationship started out hostile until it turns into one of mutual love and support. Liu Qing helps Mu WanQing resolve the crises in her company while at the same time averting the provocations from her ex-boyfriend.
As their love is severely tested, a bigger challenge rises to the surface. In order to fulfill the wishes of their elders, they start on journey to Thailand. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)
This is the lakorn I’ve been waiting for ever since I first heard of it and it finally, finally has an airing date! Praomook (2021) features some of my favorite tropes such as a forced marriage, mistaken identity and lots of angst and misunderstandings! This lakorn is getting plenty of buzz, thanks to the star power of the main couple, Bua Nalinthip and Pon Nawasch, as it’s their much anticipated reunion since 2016’s Tra Barb See Chompoo! This lakorn starts airing May 10, 2021 2 days a week, Monday and Tuesday on Channel 3. This will be on Viu and also Neko has it on her future projects list.
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, the rival of Praomook’s family and Chalunthorn’s fling. (Source: MyDramaList)
I’ve noticed a number of upcoming sequels and decided to cover them as there are quite a few that I’m looking forwards to. Honestly, the vast majority of dramas do not need, and shouldn’t get sequels. . Most lakorns are based on the romance and suffer from too much filler material, not too much plot. Nevertheless, there have been some sequels announced and I thought I’ll talk about them briefly as I do think some of the sequels sound promising.
The 2018 lakorn Girl From Nowhere (2018) won a lot of praise based on its tight storytelling, the varied social issues it dealt with and of course, the titular girl Nanno who was played with perfection by Kitty Amatayakul. I spent most of the time watching season 1 trying to figure out what and/or who Nanno was and being fascinated by her. Well now Nanno returns again in Girl From Nowhere Season 2 (2021). This lakorn airs on Netflix on May 7, 2021.
Synopsis: Nanno is back, doling karmic retribution to more students and faculty in a new season of this anthology series — and this time, she’s not alone. (Source: Netflix)
Not really a big fan of hospital dramas, but I do know that Korean’s Hospital Playlist (2020) was a massive hit with critics and audiences alike! No synopsis yet for the 2nd season that starts June 17, 2021 so here’s the synopsis from the 1st season. Looks like the cast, writer and director are all returning too.
Synopsis: The stories of people going through their days that are seemingly ordinary but actually special, at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life, where someone is being born and someone’s life meets their ending. The five doctors are long-time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school and now are colleagues in the same hospital and have a band together. (Source: Naver, translated by YeoNiverse) (Source: mydramalist.com)
So I watched Voice (2019), the Thailand version which I liked and then I watched the Korean drama Voice 2 (2018) and loved that so I’m so pumped for Voice 4: Judgment Hour (2021). The series is about a voice profiler who solves crimes and her partner, whom has changed three times now but they’re all male cops with major issues. There are a lot of social issues referenced in the episodes, which usually end up tying to together to be about one big baddie they need to take down. This drama airs June 19 on OCN and should have 14 episodes.
Synopsis: Revolves around an emergency call center and the employees who attempt to fight crime using the limited information they get from the urgent calls they receive. Kang Kwon Joo is a life-saving voice profiler. Derek Jo, a unit leader at the LAPD who winds up collaborating with the Golden Time Team. A tough perfectionist who refuses to accept even the smallest mistake, Derek Jo will be a force to be reckoned. (Source: Soompi) (Source: mydramalist.com)
There was a Korean adaptation (Clean With Passion For Now (2018)) of the same webtoon this drama is based on, so I wonder if it’ll follow the kdrama or webtoon? The drama should air May 9, 2021, and is a Mango Tv production, should have 24 episodes, and English subbed episodes will be on Netflix USA.
Synopsis: Because of his incomplete family, Gu Ren Qi has a closed up personality and mysophobia. Shuang Jiao used to have a happy family, but later lost her mother in a car accident, and became a slovenly person. The two became acquainted when Shuang Jiao becomes an employee in Gu Ren Qi’s cleaning company. The two became closer as they get to know each other. Under each other’s influence, they began to heal from their wounds. (Source: DramaWiki)
So I know I’ve talked about this lakorn before, but it finally has an airdate and everything!!! Song Sanaeha (2021) is one of those high profile lakorns that’s getting plenty of buzz, thanks to the star power of the main couple, KimberleyVoltemas (Dung Duang Haruetai) and James Ma (Klin Kasalong), not to mention it’s their much anticipated reunion (they both starred together in 2016’s Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised! This twin lakorn starts airing May 5, 2021, two days a week on Channel 3. It will be English subbed on Viu, we’ll have to see if anyone else picks it up.
If you can’t see the teaser, here’s the link. And there’s a great ost song here.
(Warning; possible spoilers ahead)
A remake of a 2005 titular lakorn, Song Sanaeha (2005) starred Aum Patcharapa and Vee Veraparb. I looked to find more info about it and discovered this thread here. Apparently, the pra’ek Warit is divorced in the 2005 version and nang’ek (the good twin) Pit is something of a tomboy who promised her dad to protect her younger sis (they’re twins so…. lol!) and she does so with her fists. Her younger twin Duan is a bit of a mess, a famous actress who was in relationship with rock star and got pregnant from him but aborted the baby. Warit encounters Pit first of course and they even kiss, and there are the usual misconceptions/mistaken identities, but apparently he knows from the 2nd episode who is whom. Thank goodness they don’t drag that out. Of course, Duan tries to get in between the couple as she throws her sister under the bus (she drugs her and sets her up to be raped), but there’s a happily ever after ending and Duan ends up dead I think? That is not that unexpected an ending, a lot of twin lakorns seem to have only one twin left alive by the time they end, since the bad twin would probably end up in jail otherwise.
It remains to be seen how much the 2021 version will copy Song Sanaeha (2005), but at least we have some idea of how the plot turns out.
Synopsis: Two twin sisters, so similar in appearance, but so different in nature, go through life in different ways. Duen is a capricious model and actress, she’s not considerate of anybody’s interests and feelings. Pit, after the death of their parents, takes care of her sister and constantly helps her. While Duen was in a scandalous relationship with a rock musician, Pit met Warit, a worthy young man who first was confused by the twins, but soon realized the difference between them. By a strange coincidence, he turned out to be the nephew of Duen’s new lover. Duen, tired of the elderly uncle, switched her attention to the nephew. And the more he resisted, the angrier and terrible her tricks became to quarrel the lovers. (Source: MyDramaList)