Deep Dive Into Lakorns: Mystery/Thriller

You know how you watch one drama, really like it, so you try to find similar dramas to it? Yep, that’s me in a nutshell. So I’ve been on a thriller/mystery kick since February really, and thus I don’t really have much to write about since I do try to focus mostly on lakorns and there’s really not a lot of lakorns in that genre. So I found myself at a loss of things to write about. I mean, there are still lakorns I need to finish, but… the heart wants what the heart wants and now I want to watch mystery/detective/thriller dramas.

So I’ve decided to do another deep dive into lakorns. If you didn’t catch my first dives, I looked into lakorns here (in particular romance) and here I took a deep dive into the world of slap and kiss lakorns. But what does that mean, a deep dive? Well, it means looking into lakorns as a genre and finding statistical evidence to either prove or disprove common assumptions/questions about them.

So I’ve had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have about mystery/thriller genre.

  • Are there many detective lakorns, ones set in a police station that is? What about mystery or thriller lakorns?
  • What percentage of mystery lakorns are there overall?
  • How does that compare to other countries?
  • Has this genre grown or decreased in recent years?

Methodology: I’ve found that you can get slightly different numbers based on how you sort when you search so I decided to just use the results that I got when I sorted by release date. This data is what I got when I wrote this post, so it may differ if you try to get the same results later on. And English subbed lakorns are more likely to have better and more accurate tags then non subbed lakorns, and the same thing is true of newer lakorns vs. older lakorns, so please keep in mind this is by no means completely accurate and true, but hopefully it is accurate enough to let us derive some assumptions from the data.

112 lakorns were classified as mystery/thriller genre. 11 lakorns were classified as ‘detective’ and 27 lakorns were also ‘investigation.’ Naturally, a lot of the lakorns are classified as more than one genre. Voice 2019 for example, genres are listed as mystery, thriller, detective and investigation. But I suspect there are many more lakorns that have cops/detectives in them and should feature one of those four genres, but because they’ve not been subbed, and/or there is no synopsis, the lakorns are just classified under ‘action.’

Take for example this 2017 lakorn, Diamond Eyes (2017) starring Chahkrit Yamnam. (Isn’t this a wonderful poster?)

Diamond Eyes (2017) synopsis: The series follows Police Captain Petch Phumthai’s story. He was attacked and lost his left eye. Luckily, someone donated an eye, but to his surprise, it was a special eye that can see ghosts. He uses it to solve police investigations and prove cases.

Source: mydramalist.com

Only ‘action,’ ‘horror’, and ‘crime’ are listed as genres, but ‘investigation’ genre definitely fits and ‘mystery’ or ‘thriller’ as well probably. And of course, that’s not the only example. Just a casual look at the 480 lakorns that are listed under the ‘action’ genre reveal that Mue Prab Khao Saan Sek (2020) should be classified as ‘detective’ and Lah Dup Tawan (2016) could also have more genres added as well. All of this is just to say that while these numbers are not accurate, hopefully they can still help us get some idea of what the mystery/etc. genres look like in lakornland.

OTHER COUNTRIES

Of the 11 detective lakorns, two are remakes of Korean dramas, lol. There’s a reason for that. Korea has some great dramas, in fact 58 ‘detective’ dramas according to mydramalist. But Japan far exceeds that number with 270 ‘detective’ doramas, and much to my surprise, China isn’t far behind, 130 dramas.

Police Jub Kamoi (1996) Two cops chase a psychotic criminal, who escaped from prison. – This synopsis reminds me of many other cop shows like The Good Detective (2020), which started me on my recent craving for detective dramas.

If we search for ‘thriller,’ there are 77 Chinese dramas, 94 Japanese doramas and 173 Korean dramas. If we include ‘mystery,’ well, those numbers go up even more. But going back to the ‘detective’ genre, Korea has detective dramas from 1989. Japan has them from 1957?!!!!! Daiyaru 110-ban was supposed to be inspired by US tv show Dragnet, and had 364 episodes! 😲 China had shows starting in the late 1990’s. When we compare that to Thailand, they started detective shows around that time too, the late 1990’s to early 2000. So compared to Korea and Japan definitely, Thailand was a little late in introducing ‘detective’ shows, look at this cop show from 1996, Police Jub Kamoi (1996).

More Mystery/Thrillers?

So is there a growth in mystery/thrillers/detective genre in Thailand? My first guess would be yes there is, with the more cable/digital channels like True4u, GMM25 and so on, there are more opportunities to have more diverse programming since there are more channels to watch from.

But let’s look at the actual data. Going back to that small number of 11 ‘detective’ lakorns, 4 of them (2 are Korean remakes) are from 2019, The Seer, Bangkok Vampire, Tunnel, and Voice. Out of 110 lakorns, 10 of them came from 2020, 7 from 2019, 11 from 2018. If we looked back at 2010, only 1 lakorn counted as a mystery, Leum Prai Lai Ruk which seems too low since 2009 has 4 lakorns, 2008 has 4 as well and 2007 has 2. What does this mean? There does seem to be an increase in the mystery genre, so hurray!

What I’m Watching/Watched

So it all started with The Good Detective (2020), which I started in 2020, but really got into in February 2021. I loved the bromance between the leads and how the characters grew stronger, even if some of the female leads got on my last nerve. After that, I looked for more detective dramas and hit upon 365: Repeat the Year, oh my gosh. Twist upon twist, with likeable characters, this drama went by so fast for me, so of course I looked for more.

Looking to Netlfix for convenience’s sake, I found Voice 2 (2018) which I enjoyed, but spoiler alert, it ends on a cliffhanger really. You have to watch the sequel. Which, wasn’t on Netflix. So instead, I saw they had Thailand Voice (2019) and now I’m currently watching that. I’m also watching and loving Memorist (2020). I really like the leads’ focus on their work, and how much they care about other people. I encourage people to check them out if they’re in the mood for something different, give it a chance!

What are some other questions you think we should address?

Meeting Monday – Dropping/Put on Hold Dramas 2020!

I’ve been trying to kickstart my rewatch campaign, but it’s been slow going as there’s so much new stuff out there! Plus, when I’ve looked back at my pile of dramas put on hold/dropped, I realized it may not be as easy to pick up where I left off. And series? Forget about it. Some tips and thoughts about dropping dramas and what dramas I dropped in 2020 (hint, hint, there were a lot of them!)

Dropping Dramas

There have been some recent articles on dropping dramas, like this very nice article here I could totally relate to. I found I paused and/or dropped dramas a lot depending upon a variety of factors including time, mood, what’s going on in the drama and so on. Here’s some questions to ask yourself if you’re not sure you want to drop and drama or not.

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To Drop/Put on Hold a Drama or Not?

  1. Are you ever planning on finishing the drama?
  2. Will you regret not finishing it?
  3. Are you at a place in the drama where you can easily resume it and still know what’s going on?
  4. If the drama’s plot is getting you down, like there’s a case of noble idiocy you can’t stand or a big misunderstanding, what about just watching 1 or 2 more episodes and then that plot point should be over.

If you answer yes or maybe to any of these questions, I would look at the amount of episodes left and see if I can just watch a couple more episodes if that would help me pick it up later more easily and/or get me past a part in the drama I don’t like, or find boring or stupid.

2020 Dropped Dramas


The King: Eternal Monarch
 (2020)
– was a drama I was sooo looking forwards to. I love the main leads, Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun and wanted to see them together. I watched 2 episodes and it was all rather boring and predictable. I was not impressed by the slow pacing of the plot, which barely started to move in episode 2. And the romantic chemistry between the two leads – ugh, no. Just no.

Why you might like it anyway? If you’re a big fan of the main leads, or you’re craving more dramas about parallel universes, fantasy and mystery, the production values are great here. If you’re craving epic romance, eh not here.

Tawan Arb Dao 2020 – I watched 3 episodes of this lakorn out of 18. I don’t think it’s bad, but it is rather mediocre in most areas. I liked the plot, the premise, however Kem Hussawee as the male pra’ek just came off as too young and not experienced enough to pull off the gravitas needed in the role. I mean, his brother is dead and he’s pretending to be him as he investigates his death! That’s… a whole lot of emotion there. You really need a seasoned actor who can make this role his own.

Why you might like it anyway? Hmm, that’s hard to say, if you’re looking for a revenge lakorn about twins, well this is the only one that came out this year, 😂. No seriously, I think if you watched it, you might watch the whole lakorn to find out who the main villain(s) were.

Dance of the Phoenix (2020) – This Chinese drama had a favorite actor Xu Kai Cheng in it, and a forced marriage, so it was catnip to me!!! Until I watched the first episode and saw the lead girl using a disguise which made her uglier (and that involved having darker skin.) At that point, I said, sJ*i4npi& or something like that and moved on to other dramas, and there are a ton of them out there!

Why you might like it anyway? It definitely has colorism in it, so if you’re fine with that, then I don’t know what to say. The idea that having darker skin makes you ugly is such a no starter for me. Plus, there are tons of other Chinese dramas out there that have come out with similar plots that it makes no sense to me why anyone would still want to watch this. No point wasting time on a drama with colorism in it when you could be watching The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and tons of other Chinese dramas set in historical times with marriage in them like Marry Me (2020), Fake Princess (2020), The Sleepless Princess (2020), and Oh! My Sweet Liar! (2020).

Older woman/younger man

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Genre: ACTION

action

I’ve talked about the action genre before, discussed 2019 action lakorns here and here. This time, I’m looking at a wide swath of lakorns from the early 2000’s to now. So if you want to see what’s out there, take a look at this list! Not a complete list by any means, this focuses on lakorns that are English subbed only. Want to know where to watch these lakorns? Look at my complete lakorn list here or check youtube.

Action – Ooh, lots of guns and punches flying here. Usually involves cops and revenge is a common feature in these lakorns. And of course, there are bad guys and good guys and the hero usually has a love interest.

12 Rasee, Arkom (2017), Bangkok Vampire (2019), Bodyguard Sao, Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur (2017), The Crown Princess,
Fatal Destiny (2016), Game Maya (2017), Hua Jai Patapee, Insee Daeng (2019), Ka Badin (2015), Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai LubKarn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, Kom Faek (2018), Kularb Kror Petch (2019), Kularb TUD Petch (2016),  Lah Ruk Sut Kob FahLeh Lub Salub Rarng, Lueat Tat Lueat, Kong Krapan Naree (2016), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Mafia Tee Ruk, Manee Yard Fah, Monkey Twins (2018), Mook Liam Petch (2012), Morrasoom Sawat, My Hero SeriesNang Fah Kap MafiaNang Rai Sai Lab (2013), Nang Rai Tee Rak, Nuer Mek 2 (2012), Padiwaradda, Paragit Ruk Series, Payakka (2018), Petch Tud Petch (2016), Pleng Rak Pha Puen Taek (2014), Plerng Naree, Pin Anong, Pope Rak, Rahut Torachon/The Villian Code, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan, Sai Lohit (2018), Sampatan Hua Jai (2018), Sapai Glai Peun Tiang, Suea (2014), Sueb Lub Rahat Ruk (2007), Suparb Burut Satan (2008), Suparburoot Jorm Jon Series, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Tawan Deard (2011), Tawun Thud BurapahTunnel, Wan Nee Tee Ror Khoi (2013), Yark Yood Tawan Wai Tee Plai Fah, Yok Luerd Mungkorn (2012)

bodyguards

Bodyguards – Bodyguard Sao, The Crown Princess, Game Maya, Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, Lah Ruk Sut Kob Fah, Manee Yard Fah, Nang Rai Tee Rak, Plerng Naree, Suparb Burut Satan (2008), Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Duang Jai Kabot (2019), Yark Yood Tawan Wai Tee Plai Fah

Kicka** women

Action women – in these lakorns, women play a center role and kick butt as much as the guys do or even more. Bodyguard Sao, Kularb Kror Petch (2019), Likit Haeng Jan (2019), Mae Ka Khanom Wan (2009), Mook Liam Petch (2012), Nang Rai Sai Lab (2013), Sapai Glai Peun Tiang

The Law

Law enforcement, cops, military, each of these lakorns have someone in that profession – Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur, The Crown Princess, Fai Hima (2019), Fah Jarod Sai (2013), Fatal Destiny (2016), Game Maya, Hua Jai Patapee, Insee Daeng (2019), Ka Badin (2015), Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub, Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, Khun Chai Ronapee (2013), Kom Faek (2018), Kong Krapan Naree (2016), Lah Ruk Sut Kob Fah, Leh Lub Salub RarngLueat Tat Lueat, Manee Yard Fah, Monkey Twins (2018), Mook Liam Petch (2012), Nang Fah Kap Mafia, Nang Rai Sai Lab (2013), Nuay Lub Salub Love (2019), Nuer Mek 2 (2012), Padiwaradda, Payak Rai Sai Lub (2019), Pleng Rak Pha Puen Taek (2014), Plerng Naree, Pin Anong , Pope Rak, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan, Sai Lohit (2018), Sapai Glai Peun Tiang, Sueb Lub Rahat Ruk (2007), Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Duang Jai Kabot (2019), Tawun Thud Burapah, Tunnel, Voice, Yok Luerd Mungkorn (2012)

mafia

Mafia – whether they’re still in the business or not, these are nang’ek who are the bad guys, not all are even mafia, but all are still on wrong side of law. Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur, Chumpae, Cubic, Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, Mae Ka Khanom Wan (2009), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Mafia Tee Ruk, Morrasoom Sawat, Nang Fah Kap Mafia, Nee Ruk Nai Krong Fai, Ra Rerng Fai, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan, Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan (2019), Tawun Thud Burapah,

Second Chances Trope

This week, I’m looking at second chances, regrets and missed opportunities. How does that relate to lakorns? Well, read on. But what came to mind for me is that time is the big factor in all of this. Because we can’t stop time or time travel, as we might wish, looking back, we realize so many times we could have taken a better path, or done something different. If only…. I wish….

Klin Kasalong

Reincarnation lakorns are pretty common and are often about revenge. But what is revenge except a regret for a missed opportunity, a way of trying to change things? There are also a number of second chances and time travel in lakorns here. Where can you watch these lakorns? Try here.

Past Lives/Reincarnation

Past Life/Reincarnation – Blood & Treasures or Pitsawat, Bpee Kaew Nang Hong (2018), Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang (2012), Klin Kasalong, Plerng Prang Tian, Rang Mai Hua Jai Derm (2016), Reun Phayom (2017), Roy Mai, Song Huajai Nee Puea Tur ~Two Spirits’ Love, Sroy Saeng Jan (2007), Tae Pang Korn (2005), Tae Pang Korn (2017), Wan Sawart

Second Chance

Second chance – Second chance at love, second chance to make things right, whichever the case, these lakorns have all the drama and more! Endless Love (2019), Game Rai Game Rak, Hua Jai Sila (2007), Hua Jai Sila, Jai Rao, Paragit Ruk Series: Niew Hua Jai Sood Glai Puen (2017), Pieng Jai Tee Pook Pun (2010), Sao Noi, Sai Roong, Yah Leum Chan (2014)

Time Travel

Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

Time Travel: Time travel often involves second chances, going back to fix or change something for the better.  365 Wun Haeng Rak, Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang Banjathorn, Buang Banjathorn (2017),
Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk/The Time Traveler, Tawipob, Tunnel

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TOP THREE

There are a number of popular Thailand words that are used in lakorn titles over and over again. How many titles do u know with ‘Ruk’ (which means love) in it? Well, another word I often look for in lakorn titles is ‘Jao Sao’, which means ‘bride’. Today we look at the top 3 lakorns with ‘Jao Sao’ in them. And yes, we are continuing our week’s theme of marriage. Why? Because I could. And to help others who love this genre as well find titles to watch.

1. Jao Sao Jum Yorm– Maysarin is a famous socialite who’s engaged to Sarut, but he left her on the day of the wedding. Kadethaen is a 30 year-old real estate businessman who’s waiting for Pinmanee, his bride at the reception of a luxury hotel, but he saw her escape the wedding with another man. Kade walked out to a party at the beach, where he met May, who was still in her wedding dress drinking alone. They started drinking together and people thought they were a couple, so they went along with it and he jokingly proposed to her. Afterwards, they went back to the hotel and spent the night together. In the morning, May regretted what happened and wants to forget about Kade, but he’s not going to give up on her. (Source: MyDramaList)

2. Jao Sao Chang Yon – Meena is a stubborn girl and a talented auto mechanic. Phuphat is the heir of a company engaged in the production of auto parts. His father arranges a marriage between Phuphat and Meena, in hopes she will be able to heal his heart that was hurt in the past and return his interest in life. Everything seems to be going well, but suddenly his ex returns and Phuphat’s younger brother begins to show interest in Meena. (Source: MyDramaList)

3. Jao Sao Ban Rai (2006). After her parent’s death,Pimpika (Namfon P) goes to live with her grandfather and her brother (Ravy) in the countryside and met Saran (Por T), the lord of this place.Unfortunately, her grand father died and Ravy sold her to a rich man Tynamay who wants to own her. Credit to Asianfuse.net.

Other English subbed lakorns starting with Jao Sao: 1. Jao Sao Rim Tang 2. Jao Sao Salatan 3. Jao Sao Prissana 4. Jao Sao Chapor Kit 5. Jao Sao Gae Kat (being subbed now) 6. Kor Pen Jaosao Suk Krung Hai Cheun Jai 

What are your top 3?

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Marriage Genre

This is an old post, but I decided to update it as I want to look at specific tropes/genres and what lakorns fall in those categories. I will be making more posts on lakorn genre/tropes as I find the topic interesting and hopefully it can help you find more to watch! 

There are a lot of lakorns about married couples, and it’s a favorite trope of mine. Full House (Thai version) is based off of a kdrama and features a celebrity and aspiring writer who enter a contract marriage for various reasons, but ends up falling in love.

Contract marriages is just one of the many different tropes regarding marriages in lakorns. There’s also arranged marriages, fake marriages, marriages of convenience (Jao Sao Jum Yorm) and so on. Read on to find out more. Where can you watch these lakorns? Try here.

Arranged/Forced Marriages

              Arranged 
Marriages – The parents/guardians/relatives have arranged the marriage.

Awayjee See Chompoo, Badarn Jai (2008), Dum Kum (2009), The Crown Princess (2018) or Likit Ruk, Dung Sawan Sarb (2015), Game Sanaeha (2018), Jao Sao Chang Yon, Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2006), Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019), Kuan Kammathep (2009)/Cupid Gang, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Maya See Mook (2013), Mia Jum Pen (2001), Mia Taeng, Mon Ruk Kao Tom Mud (2009), Namthaa Kammathep/Stupid Cupid (2015), Padiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo WisedPrincess Hours Thai, Raeng Pradtanaha, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd (2014), Roy Marn, Ruk Nai Marn Mek (2010), Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), Stupid Cupid (2015), Tam Hua Jai Pai Sood Lah (1997), Wanida (2010), Wiwa Wah Woon, Wong Wien Hua Jai (2009)

Best of the BEst

Best of the Best – Marriage dramas we recommend.

365 Wun Haeng Rak, The Crown Princess (2018) or Likit Ruk, Full House, Game Rai Game Rak (2011), Jao Sao Jum Yorm (2018), Kaew Tah Pee (2006), Khun Chai Puttipat, Khun Chai Rachanon, Manee Yard Fah, Oum RukPadiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Pin AnongRahut Rissaya, Raeng Pradtanaha, Roy Leh Sanae Rai, Roy Leh Sanae Rai (2015), Roy Marn, Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), Sao Noi (2012), Sud Sai Pan, Wanida (2010)

City and Country Folk Marriages

Dum Kum (2009)

 City and Country Folk Marriages –People from very different backgrounds marry, and this difference creates problems in their marriage.

Dum Kum (2009), Keuy Ban Nok, Khun Chai Rachanon, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny (2017)

Contract Marriages

Contract Marriages – marriages that are meant to last only for a while, these often involve contracts.

Full House (Thai version), Game Sanaeha (2018), Jao Sao Chang YonJao Sao Rim Tang/Bride for Money, Kha Khong Khon (2011), Likit Ruk or The Crown Princess (2018), Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk (2017), Rahut Rissaya, Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny

Failed/Failing Marriages💔

Game Rak Ao Keun (2019)

Failed/Failing Marriages – These are marriages that aren’t just troubled, but are headed for divorce. WARNING: Lots of these have cheating in them.

365 Wun Haeng Rak, Ching Ruk Rissaya (2017), Game Rak Ao Keun (2019), Mia 2018 (2018), My Dear Loser Series: Happy Ever After (2017), Peak Marn/Satan’s Wings, Plerng Boon (2017), Raeng Ngao 2 (2019), Ton Ruk Rim Rua (2013)/Love Started at the Fence?

FAKE OR PRETEND MARRIAGE

Soda Gub Cha Yen (1999)

The couple pretends to marry or pretends to be in love in a Fake marriage/engagement                     
Dao Kiao Duen (2013), Jao Sao Chapor KitJao Sao Jum Yorm (2018), Kha Neung Ha (1998), Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019), Khun Mae Suam Roy, Khun Samee Karmalor Tee Rak, Leh Roy Ruk (2012), Love at First Hate, Mam Gaem Daeng (2012), Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak, Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk (2017), Sapai TKO, Soda Gub Cha Yen (1999), Tang Parn Kammathep (2001)/Cupid Pathway?, Tang Parn Kammathep (2015), Wiwa Wah Woon, Wong Wien Hua Jai (2009)

For the Kids

For the Kids – Our hero/heroine marries for sake of kids/pregnancy. 
Oum Ruk, Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak (2017), The Sand Princess, Tur Keu Prom Likit/You’re My Destiny

Marriage for love

Marrying for Love – These lakorns have couples who get married for love, but find out that love doesn’t  solve all the troubles they face in their married life.

365 Wun Haeng RakBpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018), Game Rai Game Rak (2011), Peak Marn/Satan’s Wings, Pieng Jai Tee Pook Pun (2010)/Bonded Hearts, Ruen Mai See Beige, Sai Lub Rak Puan, Samee Teetra (2001), Samee Tee Tra (2014), Sao Noi (2012), Sud Sai Pan

Marriage of Convenience

Marriage of Convenience – One or both of them don’t want to marry, but they must because of debt or other issues. Literally every lakorn except the ones under the ‘Married for Love’ category falls into this category.

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Marrying for Money – literally, the bride (or groom) marries to pay off debts or for other money issues. Also, marrying for inheritance.

Dung Sawan Sarb (2015), Jao Sao Chang Yon, Jao Sao Rim Tang/Bride for Money, Kha Khong Khon (2011), Kom Ruk Kom Sanae Ha (2006), Kon La Kop Fah (2016), Mia Jum Pen (2001)/The Necessary Wife, Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised, Roy Leh Sanae RaiRoy Leh Sanae Rai (2015), Ruk Nai Marn Mek (2010), Samee (1999),  Samee (2013), The Bought Husband ~ Samee Ngern Phon (2001), Wanida (2010)

Revenge Marriage

Revenge Marriage – Spoiler alert!!! One (or both) of the people involved marries the other for revenge. 

Jai Luang/Lying Heart (2017)

Gol Ruk Game Payabaht/Game of Vengeance, Jai Luang/Lying Heart (2017), Jao Sao PrissanaKhun Mae Suam Roy, Kom Ruk Kom Sanae Ha (2006), Kon Rak Game Payabaht (2006), Plerng Ruk Plerng Kaen (2019), Rahut Rissaya, Roy Lae Sanae Luang (2013), Roy Marn, Tra Barb See Chompoo (2018)

Substitute Bride

He married the wrong bride? These husbands all end up getting married to someone other then they thought they were going to marry.

Padiwaradda/Beloved Wife, Jao Sao Gae KatJao Sao PrissanaKhun Mae Suam Roy, Majurat See Nam Pueng (2013), Maya See Mook (2013),
Mia Jum Pen
 (2001)
, Ngao Jai (2015) (Substitute Groom), Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak (2017), Roy Marn, Sud Sai Pan

This is by no means a complete or completely accurate list.

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Deep Dive Part 2 – Slap and Kiss

I’ve decided to do another deep dive into lakorns. What does that mean? Using mydramalist’s tags, I try to find answers to common questions I or others have about lakorns. Part 1 focused on marriage. Part 2 will look at the slap and kiss genre of lakorns.

But before we start, it’s probably a good idea to talk about what is a slap and kiss lakorn? Well, here are some views from around the web.

… it is about a love-hate relationship (mostly revenge-oriented) in which couples bicker, fight, argue, and then end up kissing or having sex (I would rather call it being raped because the woman is usually being forced by the guy).

Credit: Ceki from mydramalist.com

When a male and female character spend a lot of time bickering, it is all but inevitable that sooner or later he will interrupt her in mid-rant by suddenly grabbing her and kissing her. … Usually this is triggered by their hostilities reaching a climax that results in an exchange of slaps, followed by a moment where both stare at each other in combined confusion and shock, after which they dive into the kiss.

Credit: Tv tropes

It’s usually revenge/hate oriented. Utterly violent and can be considered unethical. This genre is not for the faint of the heart, it can make you repulsive to lakorns because all of them contain rape or attempt to rape.

Credit: Cheer from mydramalist.com

A genre that is not for the faint of heart, as it usually contains rape, attempted rape, and mental abuses. Unethical behavior and the fact the the nang’ek can fall in love with the pra’ek in the end despite the abuse, may deter some from watching. Violence in one form or another is always included.

Credit: Amino

For the purposes of this post, I’ll describe slap and kiss lakorns as the following:

  • an adversarial relationship between the main couple that usually has slaps followed by kisses or vice versa.
  • violence occurs in the lakorn, usually with slaps, but also includes rape and/or attempted rape a lot of times.
  • this relationship is the main focus of the lakorn and often, if not always, ends in a happy ending (let’s pretend shall we 😉?) for the main couple.

So I’ve always had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have and ones I’ve heard from Internet.

  • Are there are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns? That wasn’t my assumption, but a lot of people seemed to feel that way. So I asked the question. Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns each year?
  • I’ve also assumed that the majority of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes based on older books and novels when rape and such was seen in a different light. Is this assumption correct or false based on facts?
  • Are slap and kiss lakorns the most popular lakorns?

Methodology: Inspired by this article, I wanted to see if I could use the wonderful search engine at mydramalist as well. I decided to proceed as follows. First, I would use three years of data and the most recent years because I assumed that most people would be more familiar with and have seen the more recent lakorns as opposed to older ones, so they are more likely to have tags. Undoubtedly, English subbed lakorns would have been seen by more people, so they would have better and more accurate tags. There’s little I can do about inaccurate data outside of seeing every lakorn made myself, 🤣, so I decided to just plow forward. By the way, I started looking into this in September 2019, so by now these statistics may be outdated as people add genres, tags and so on.

Something to point out. Because I am using the mydramalist database, how or if things are tagged depends mostly on the users. So obviously things can lack tags, or be wrongly tagged. So please note any statistics I come up with definitely has a margin of error.

In 2016 – 174 lakorns were released. 2017, 193 lakorns. Lastly, in 2018 – 182 lakorns.

2016 LAKORNS

Raeng Tawan

2016 – 174 lakorns, 7 lakorns were tagged slap and kiss (or 4.0%), including, Kon La Kop Fah (remake of 1987 lakorn), Raeng Tawan, U-Prince The Series: The Handsome Cowboy, The Fire Series: Fai Ruk Game Rorn, The Fire Series 2: Talay Fai, Buang Rak Salak Kaen, Mon Rak Asun (remake of 1989). Of those, rape was in Buang Rak Salak Kaen, Mon Rak Asun and U-Prince The Series: The Handsome Cowboy had attempted sexual assaults. 2016’s Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised was a remake of Samee Ngern Phon, which did have rape in it and was considered a slap n kiss, but the 2016 version was toned down, so I am not counting it here. Naree Rissaya (2016) had rape in it, but I can’t tell if it would be considered a slap and kiss lakorn. Finally, I don’t understand the algorithm behind the ‘most popular’ rankings on mydramalist.com, but only one of these lakorns broke the top 20 and that was The Handsome Cowboy at #5 . If I look at top rated, only Raeng Tawan is in the top 20 at 7.7 rating.

2017 Lakorns

2017 – 193 lakorns, slap and kiss played a part in 7 of them (3.6%). Kleun Cheewit (remake of 1983 lakorn), Game Payabaht (remake I think), Barb Rak Ta Lay Fun, Ra Rerng Fai (remake of 2000 lakorn), Rak Rai, Lying Heart, and Plerng Rak Fai Marn. One of them is classified as having rape in it, Game Payabaht. There were other lakorns that had rape in them like Lah, but I did not count them as they weren’t subbed, or wasn’t considered part of a ‘hea’ relationship. Kleun Cheewit contained a sexual assault and both it and Ra Rerng Fai were in the 20 top rated lakorns of the year, with Kluen Cheewit also making it into the top 20 lakorns in popularity as well.

2018 Lakorns

2018 – Two slap and kiss lakorns out of 182 lakorns (1.0%), Jao Sao Jum Yorm and Panthakan Rak. Attempted sexual assaults in Por Pla Lai (2018), Nakark Kaew and Songkram Nak Pun (2018). At 8.0 rating, Jao Sao Jum Yorm and Panthatkan Rak (7.7 rating) both made it into the top rated lakorns of 2018 and Jao Sao Jum Yorm was also in the top 20 in terms of popularity too.

Back to 2006, 2007, 2008

I didn’t really want to go back too far, because the amount of info on recent lakorns is bound to be greater, but I did do a quick look at several other years to see how many were classified as ‘slap and kiss’. 2006, 5 lakorns Lhong Ngao Jun, Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (these two had remakes in 2019). Also in 2006, Roy Adeed Hang Ruk, Duang Jai Patiharn, Kon Rak Game Payabaht. In 2007, there were 3 slap and kiss lakorns, Rahut Rissaya, Hua Jai Sila (remake in 2019) and Likit Kammathep. 2008 – 4 results – Jam Loey Rak, Sawan Biang, Suparb Burut Satan (which got a remake in (2015) and Dao Puen Din (2008).

Conclusions

What does this mean? Well, let’s look back at the questions. Are there are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns? Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns each year? The answer to that is no. Slap and kiss lakorns are a very small percentage of lakorns released each year, between 1 to 4%. Even if we account for a margin of error, it’s hard to see it being over 10%. However, I believe 10 years ago or so, there were less lakorns released every year, so slap and kiss lakorns could have made up a larger portion. Take for example, 2006, with 5 slap and kiss lakorns out of only 59 lakorns released. That would be a percentage of 8.4%. Still under 10%. So no, slap and kiss lakorns make up less than ~10% of lakorns released each year. HOWEVER, they do seem to always get subbed more frequently. Maybe that is what plays into the idea that there are a lot of them.

I’ve also assumed that the majority of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes based on older books and novels when rape and such was seen in a different light. Is this assumption correct or false based on facts? Well, of the 3 years, we had 16 slap and kiss lakorns, 5 of those being remakes. That would be 31% of them are remakes. Let’s look back at 2006, 2007, 2008. There were 12 slap and kiss lakorns, 5 of which had remakes. That’s 41%. So we’re looking at least a third of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes. In 2019, that was 100% with Hua Jai Sila, Lhong Ngao Jun, and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang.

The last question I wanted to answer, Are slap and kiss lakorns the most popular lakorns? Well, according to this site, I would say no, since like only one slap and kiss is usually in the top 20 each year in terms of popularity. But again, slap and kiss lakorns are usually subbed, unlike historical or musical genres. So I don’t think I can do a good job answering this question by just using this site.

Final thoughts: Well, the next time someone says something about the slap and kiss genre that’s wrong, you can refute them with this info. But seriously, I think the popularity of slap and kiss lakorns is based on more than just kisses and slaps. It can invoke strong feelings, one way or another and that isn’t something that is quantifiable.

What are some other questions you think we should address?

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Back to School

We are still working on learning lakorn terms here at Lakorn View. I wrote a post about common words in lakorns like Pra’ek and Nang’ek. In this post, we’ll go more into details and give examples of these three common Thai words about lakorns: nang’rai, pra’rong and koo jin.

Common Lakorn Terms

I will again be using the lakorn Princess Hours Thai to explain the terms in detail because the poster itself does a great job of explaining the relationships involved. The lakorn is based off the kdrama Goong, which you may or may not be familiar with.

Princess Hours Thai

Nang’rai – the 2nd female lead, but usually she’s the villain of the lakorn. If you check out the poster above, can you spot the female looking like she can’t be bothered? Yes, that’s her, the long haired brunette on the right, our nang’rai of Princess Hours Thai. And like so many other nang’rais (not sure about plural nang’rai), this nang’rai wants our pra’ek for herself, the handsome, rich guy next to her. But unfortunately, our pra’ek is captivated or will be captivated by our spunky heroine. Well, who wouldn’t be? (Also wondering why is it that so often the 2nd female lead is prettier then the female lead? I guess because the nang’ek is supposed to be just a common girl, anyone can be. But I digress.)

If the 2nd female lead isn’t the villain of the piece, then she will be a friend of the female lead usually and have a romance with the 2nd male lead. She can also be a friend of the male lead, or relative, but her role is usually to support the nang’ek’s relationship with the pra’ek. I’m trying to think of any other roles for 2nd female leads other then this, but I’m drawing a blank. Can anyone else chime in? So other females in lakorns will be relatives, servants of the lead couple usually.

 

Pra’rong – 2nd male lead. Honestly, this term isn’t used as often as nang’rai, so you may never hear it in a lakorn. Often times, the 2nd male lead is just a friend of either the nang’ek or pra’ek. He can be the villain too, who’s after the nang’ek to harm her, but that role is often taken by the pra’ek. 😜 A pra’rong like Louis Scott in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat can be villainous, but also a supporter of the nang’ek or pra’ek, like his role in Kleun Cheewit. The pra’rong may also form a romantic relationship with the 2nd female lead, sometimes after losing the nang’ek to the pra’ek.

Koojin – this is a couple that is shipped by the general public, usually because of their great chemistry together in a lakorn. This doesn’t mean the couple is together in real life (although that has been known to happen aka Yaya and Nadech or Mark and Kim), just that the public loves them as a couple. Often times, a couple is paired over and over again if they become known as a koojin couple. Yaya and Nadech are definitely an example, they’ve been in many lakorns together, starting in 2010’s Duang Jai Akkanee, then Game Rai Game Rak,Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong (2012), the Rising Sun series, Leh Lub Salub Rarng, The Crown Princess and upcoming lakorn Lai KinnareeThat’s about all for now. Sawadee!

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Deep Dive Into Lakorns

I’ve decided to do a deep dive into lakorns. What does that mean? Well, looking into lakorns as a genre and finding statistical evidence to either prove or disprove common assumptions/questions about them.

Inspired by this article, I wanted to see if I could use the wonderful search engine at mydramalist as well. Each entry has genres that tell you what you can expect to see in the drama. You can also search for more dramas with the genres you like as well. And the tag system works similarly, only goes into even more detail. Say you like marriage and see the tag ‘marriage’ under a drama. You can click on it and see other dramas that have marriage. And some tags are even more precise, like ‘Arranged Marriage, Fake Marriage, Failing Marriage’ and so on. (Yes, I’ve sent a lot of time in those tags 😊😍.

So I’ve always had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have and ones I’ve heard from Internet.

  • Are all lakorns romance? In fact, are there any lakorns that don’t feature romance?
  • There are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns. That wasn’t my assumption, but a lot of people seem to feel that way. So I asked the question. Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns released each year?
  • Are there more marriage dramas in lakornland than outside it?
  • Do other countries have a lot of dramas with past lives/reincarnation story lines?

Methodology: I decided to proceed as follows. First, I would use three years of data and the most recent years because I assumed that most people would be more familiar with and have seen the more recent lakorns as opposed to older ones, so they are more likely to have tags. Undoubtedly, English subbed lakorns would have been seen by more people, so they would have better and more accurate genres. There’s little I can do about inaccurate data outside of seeing every lakorn made myself, 🤣, so I decided to just plow forward. By the way, I started looking into this in September 2019, so by now these statistics may be outdated as people add genres and so on.

In 2016, 175 lakorns released. 2017, 193 lakorns. Lastly, in 2018, 182 lakorns.

2016 LAKORNS

2016 – 175 lakorns, 16 lakorns (90.85) supposedly don’t have romance in them according to the tags, but I think it’s more like 6 or 96.57%. I looked at the lakorns without romance to figure it out based on pictures, synopsis and so on. Range is 90 to 96% of lakorns had romance in them in 2016.

2017 LAKORNS

2017 – 193 lakorns, romance played a part in all but 26 of them (86.52%). A closer look revealed the number to be more like 8 + of them. So we can say more accurately that in 2017, ~185 lakorns out of 193 lakorns (95.85%) had romance in them. So the range is from 86 to 95% of 2017 lakorns had romance in them.

2018 Lakorns

In 2018, there were 182 lakorns, 164 of those were considered romance for 90.11%. (By the way, did you know there was a web series called The Bitch War (2018) that apparently was part of a tourist campaign for Southern Thailand? No? I didn’t either.)

Ahem. When I looked further into the results, I concluded that at least 5-6 of them probably had romance in them, so the real total of how many lakorns without romance in them at all in 2018 is probably more like 170+ out of 182 or 93.4. So ~90 to 93% of lakorns have romance in them in 2018.

What does this mean? Well, it means, romance lovers, welcome to lakornland! You’ll love it here! ❤ No really, according to my research, Korea dramas in 2016, 108 out of 168 dramas were romance (64%), 2017 had 190 dramas, with romance playing part in 114 of them (60%). And 2018? 151 dramas out of 197 which is 76%. So if you want to watch a romance, chances are much more likely you’ll get it in a lakorn.

What are some other questions you think we should address?

Fab Five – Digital edition

Okay, so here are some upcoming lakorns I’m looking forward to and you should too! First, though, a look at Thai’s tv industry.

Let’s talk a little about the cable and digital world in Thailand tv. The majority of the population watch free to air channels like Channel 7, and Channel 3 (similar to ABC, CBS and NBC). So lakorns aired by those channels usually produce the highest ratings.

Full House Thailand

Then you have the digital market. TrueVisions is a cable company in Thailand, and True4u, which produces such shows as Full House Thailand and a lot of other content, is part of TrueVisions.

In the digital world, Gmmtv is responsible for a lot of unique, and original programming. They’re a production company behind several different channels. Gmmtv is part of GMM Grammy, which is like an entertainment conglomerate in Thailand, think Disney. GMM used to have cable channels, but switched to digital and got rid of them. GMMTV has produced a lot of series, such as Ugly Duckling series, U Prince series, Sotus series and lots of other dramas. They’ve really set a mark for themselves with youth or teen dramas such as the Hormones series.

A lot of the recent round of remakes came from digital channels, although channel 3  has started to get on board that trend. More importantly, I think that GMMTV having a digital presence means that they are more interested in the international market and this has led to a willingness to take chances and explore different genres and lakorns then before. If you look at the lakorns on Netflix, the majority of them were provided by GMM and there is a diversity of genres and ideas that you don’t find in broadcast channels. For example, we have Pidsawat, but we also have lakorns like Thirteen Terrors with is different from more traditional horror lakorns like Pidsawat. There’s the Club Friday series, which are racier then the usual lakorns. And remember that rare unicorn, sports genres?  Well that’s on Netflix too! 

My Love From Another Star

Another thing, I think that the diversity of GMMTV’s lakorns might inspire more diversity in other channels. So if those channels see the success of GMMTV, they might see the need to emulate it more. For example, I think the success of 2014’s Full House Thailand from cable channel True4u, spurred other channels to find their own kdrama remakes, so Channel 3 is airing My Love From Another Star now and more and more remakes are being scheduled. 

Here are some shows I’m looking forward from these channels.

  1. The Stranded which is apparently coming to Netflix. “When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves.” (Credit: mydramalist) 
  2. A Gift to the People You Hate (2019) is supposed to start on October 18th and I’ve already talked about it here
  3. Boss and Me with Push and Aom – this is a remake of a popular Chinese drama about a girl who loves to eat and her boss who falls in love with her. This is a new pairing, but Push and Aom look goood together.
  4. Ruk Woon Wai Jao Chai Kob (2019) which is a remake of The Prince Turns Into a Frog. Son and Vill have starred in several lakorns together already, so yes, I’m excited, they make a good koojin.
  5. Girl2K – Momay (Sushar) is 2000 years old girl who has never aged, and gets her chance to live a normal life if she finds the love of her life this year, but she’s got to pick between 4 different guys.

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