A new theme for Lakorn View! How do u like it? I’m still testing it out, so we’ll see if I keep it. In addition, this week I’m introducing more content from other dramas outside of lakorns, so today I can introduce my all time favorite ost from the Chinese drama Loving, Never Forgetting (2014). I love the drama, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine, but the song (and music in general) from the drama is wonderful. Also this week, I’m working on more posts about the brand new lakorn Who Are You? and so on.
Loving, Never Forgetting (2014) synopsis: She first met him when the blooming lotus flower was falling, only to have to part ways. Years later, when they reunited, Li Zhong Mou had all but forgotten of Wu Tong’s existence, leaving her forlorn, except the only thing he wants now from her is the guardianship to their son. 7 years long years together, can they fix their broken relationship? This drama is based off the novel by Lian Bai Se.
Week 34. I mostly talk about prime time lakorns here, but there are other types of lakorns, evening lakorns that are longer, sitcoms, short and funny and so on. Kids in general don’t play a part in prime time lakorns except for childhood flashbacks, childhood love types of stories.
This week, I’m looking at pregnancy and babies in lakorns, but for now, an OST from one of my favorite lakorns Oum Ruk (2006), starring my fab koojin couple, Anne and Ken.
Oum Ruk (2006) synopsis: Napat is a beautiful but head-strong young lady. Against her father’s wishes to come and live with him in the States, Napat decides to stay back in Thailand and earn her way through modeling. During Napat’s first magazine photo-shoot, she meets a fast-mouthed photographer, Chen, who predicts she will never be famous in the industry.
However, despite Chen’s “prediction”, Napat turns out to be a huge success, with everyone in the business wanting to work with her. Napat’s lucky streak comes to a halt when she bumped into Chen for the second time, while at a beach-side anniversary party for a famous magazine. Due to a drinking competition during the party, both Chen and Napat get badly drunk and end up in bed together. It isn’t long before Napat realizes that she is pregnant. However, rumour has it that Chen is currently dating Jasmin, one of Napat’s biggest rivals in the modeling industry.
Mia Taeng (2011) features a lovely, strong yet soft-spoken heroine, or nang-ek, a handsome, but emotionally iq challenged leading man (pra -ek), the typical hysterical lakorn witch of an ex girlfriend, bitter schemes of revenge, and family grievances. In other words, a typical lakorn. But is it worth watching?
Synopsis: Kongkai lives his life as a playboy, so his mother wants him to get married with a girl who can make him better. So, she forces him to marry with Arunprapai, a good girl she finds for him. Arunprapai accepts to marry with a guy who she doesn’t love to avoid the rumor that she commits adultery with Phuchong, her ex-boyfriend who is going to have a baby with another girl by accident. However, Kongkai and Arunprapai’s marriage life is not smooth because Kongkai also has girlfriend named Prungchat and she wants to get him back. (Credits to Wishboniko)
😁 Smiles😁: Love, love Arunprapai. She’s a great non-typical lakorn nang-ek who keeps calm, and collected. Although Arunprapai makes mistakes, she tries to face them squarely and not blame other people for her own mistakes, including that of marrying Kongkai. I appreciated the fact that she keeps her eye on what’s important, thinks long term, and she downplays things, rather than makes scenes. Soooo refreshing!
One of the things I liked about the plot was that there were a number of things going on that was related to the summary I provided above, but the plot goes beyond the summary. Actually, a big part of the story was centered around the conflict between two families, Kongkai’s family and his girlfriend Bproong’s family.
The music in this lakorn was also a real bonus. The soundtrack definitely enhanced the romance of the lakorn.
☹ Frowns ☹ : I know a lot of people would have a problem with the hero. He’s so obtuse and his actions, such as continuing to carry on with his girlfriend after his marriage, won’t win him many fans. I’m no fan of Kongkai, but I tolerated and enjoyed his character in part because of the way his stupidity was pointed at and made fun of in the lakorn itself.
The romance also seemed kinda lopsided. I could see why Kongkai goes for Arunprapai (who wouldn’t? She’s pretty, well-mannered, softspoken and intelligent), but outside of being handsome and a mama’s boy, I kinda don’t get why Arunprapai likes Kongkai. However, there is some chemistry between them.
The editing for the lakorn seemed rushed at times, and definitely not smooth. I wondered a number of times, especially at the end, whether there was a missing scene or something.
Final rating: Guilty Pleasure Galore I suspect my score is slightly inflated by the fun I had watching this. I think I’ll have to watch it again to see if it holds up. But the bottom line is that if you can stand Kongkai’s being an idiot, the lakorn is enjoyable to watch if you’re looking for a typical lakorn to watch.
Another top three featuring favorite actors, I already did one on Tik and Andrew. I’ll get to the ladies as well, don’t worry. The top three this week will focus on one actor. Instead of focusing on a certain genre like remakes, or genres, today’s top three will focus on one actor: Pong Nawat.
1. Blood & Treasures (2016) – Noon Woranuch as Ubon is a force to be reckoned with in this lakorn, but Pong Nawat holds his own as Akkanee very well and makes his character more sympathetic and realistic then you might believe possible.
Blood & Treasures (2016) synopsis: Present Life: Akkanee is an archaeologist who loves antique so much. He already has a lover who is Thipapa, but they are not yet married because it seems like he is waiting for someone. That’s when Sarochinee came into his life. She is a beautiful and mysterious woman. She is a millionaires who also loves antique from the Ayutthaya period. Most importantly, she has a piece of Siraporn, which Akkanee is researching. When Sarochinee appeared, she caused fear in many people around her. Nobody can answer why unnatural deaths occur with people around her. Everybody whoever breaks a promise has to die. Nobody knows why, but everybody feels that Sarochinee is somehow involved. Sarochinee’s arrival brings back the past of Ubon, a woman from Ayutthaya. Karma starts to circle again, until everybody reincarnates, and meets together in this present lifetime. This is just the beginning.
Past Life: Akkanee is a soldier in Ayutthaya’s ending period. He killed Ubon, who is his wife. He sacrificed her to protect the nation’s treasure. Ubon was very angry at Akkanee. Because of his actions, she was cursed for centuries and was not able to reincarnate. The Heavens pitied her and allowed her to find a successor that will take her place. If Ubon can’t find a successor, she won’t be able to reincarnate again and has to remain a protector of the treasure for eternity. For this reason, Ubon came back as Sarochinee. She come to take Akkanee’s life as her next successor. (Source: asianfuse.net)
2. Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) – I haven’t watched it yet, but this is one of those highly rated lakorns that are on my list. Bromance, action, thriller, crime, romance, this looks to have a little bit of everything. This teaser is pretty intense.
Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) synopsis: Burapa and Tawan are brothers and the sons of a well-known cop. They are very close as brothers. Burapa is into boxing, while Tawan wants to follow in their father’s footsteps to become a cop. One day, they hear a gun shot and go to see what is going on. This way, they witness a murder and when the time comes to point the finger at the killer, Tawan is not hesitant to do the right thing. Burapa knows that the bad guys will not leave their family alone and he begs Tawan not to be a witness. This is how the conflict begins
3. Dum Kum. A slightly more recent lakorn of Andrew’s, this lakorn features Aff Taksaorn as Wanida. This is a period lakorn set in the 1940s. I thought this was a light romantic drama that was sweet. It has a marriage of convenience and a cute main couple. Watch it streaming here.
Dum Kum (2009) synopsis: Not wanting to marry Tuthiya, a man who looks down on country folks, Dum paints her body black and pretends to be an uncultured woman to make Tuthiya despise her and break off their arranged marriage. Sure enough, he does. (Source: Viki)
We’ve looked at Chompoo Araya and Aff Takasorn. Now let’s take a look at Aff’s co-star in Jam Loey Rak (2008), Aum Atichart. Of all the males nearing forty or more in lakornland, I feel Aum’s career after growing older is one of the most interesting ones.
Please note: Speculation and gossip is a big no-no with me. So I’m just going to stick to the facts.
Aum Atichart Chumnanon was born on February 20, 1981. He still works in lakorns, and from 1997 to 2020, has starred in over 40 lakorns! He’s starred in everything from period lakorns like Lady Yaowarat, horror lakorns such as 2005’s Nang Barb and he worked with Cherry Khemapsorn in 2005’s Dao Lhong Fah (2005). But most fans probably found out about him from the mega popular slap and kiss, Jam Loey Rak with Aff Takasorn. Aum would go on to star in what was most likely one of his most challenging roles, Borisut Bumbut Kaen (2009).
In 2018, Aum began to start stepping away from the traditional male leads roles where he is the romantic love interest of the main female character. Nueng Dao Fah Diew(2018) saw Aum playing third fiddle to the main couple of Taew Natapohn and James Jirayu. He also played the God of Death in Ngao(2018). He has other lakorns lined up, but I’m glad to see him taking on roles other than that of the pra’ek and instead looking to more challenging roles. I only wished older women had more options as well, as the only roles outside of the typical mother, grandmother roles available to them seems to be older women to younger men roles 😕. Regardless, looking forward to Aum’s new chapter in his career!
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.
Prom Pissawat (2020) is a Channel 7 drama that features a strong nang’ek who’s a singer and a more stereotypical pra’ek who thinks badly of all women. 🙄 I’m okay with this scenario only if the nang’ek is able to stand up to the pra’ek, otherwise this is a recipe for disaster. We’ll see whether it is soon enough which it is, though no solid airing date has been set.
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.
~~ Adapted from a novel of the same title by author Tepita.
Prom Pissawat(2020) Boom Piyaphun (Nang Rai) and Pim Pimprapa starred together before in Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, but they didn’t end up together so they have a second chance in this lakorn. I do wonder if music plays a big factor in this lakorn, as the poster features the nang’ek with a musical instrument, so we shall see when this comes out.
So I’ll be talking about what I watched dramawise in 2019, and giving little mini-reviews along the way, so if you want something to watch, stick around. By the way, some of these dramas I started in 2018 and I just finished them in 2019. Also, not all of these dramas were released in 2019, I just watched them in 2019. All in all, I found a lot of dramas l enjoyed.
Pitsawat 9.2/10 – Honestly, this blew me away in every category, from the acting, the directing, the costumes, practically everything. Just parts of the ending I didn’t enjoy. This is one of those reincarnation lakorns, with past and present lives.
Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019) 7.5/10 – A marriage of convenience lakorn, with pra-ek having a girlfriend by his side most of the lakorn. Honestly, the fighting got so annoying and I’d really wished they’d cut out some of it in this remake.
The Stranded 7.5/10 – So kids are stranded on an island. Production values was the key here. Outside of some fakea** CG, the photography was awesome, and best part of story. In fact, that and the music fooled me into thinking something grand and of value was going to happen, but as a few episodes went by, I slowly realized nothing much was happening. At end, we’re left with more mysteries then we started with, maybe a couple were solved, but that was really annoying.
The Sand Princess 7.5/10 – A girl marries the brother of the man whose child (Moji) she’s taking care of. Best part about it, the little girl Moji. She did absolutely no acting, they acted around her, it was hilarious! I loved her! Most of the rating was for her.
Tunnel 8.5/10 – I really liked this, hard for me to choose between which version I liked better, the Korean version or this one?
Chinese/Taiwanese Dramas 2019
I watched a lot of long Chinese dramas last year, so this year because I lacked the time, I basically stuck to a lot of web dramas.
Oh My Emperor Season 1 – 7.0/10 Short and forgettable drama about a girl traveling to Ancient China. You know the drill.
Princess at Large 7/10 – Another time travel drama. And yes, I set out to find all the shorter time travel dramas and watch them all, 😄. Mediocre.
I’m a Pet At Dali Temple 8.3/10 – This drama was actually good compared to the other time travel dramas. Good acting, nice chemistry. Enjoyable.
Rules of Love 1 & 2 – 7/10 I watched this because it was about a merperson falling in love, it was okay but nothing special.
Unique Lady (2019) 6.5/10 – This was disappointing. A girl gets thrown into a game world and has lots of suitors.
Well Intended Love 7.5/10 Of course I had to watch this since it’s about a married couple. And the couple moments were the best! It’s just all those other little plot details I wish were improved.
JAPANESE DORAMAS 2019
Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu 8/10 – This is a cute romantic comedy that is about how the threads of fate bring us together.
Soredemo, Ikite Yuku 9/10 – Powerful drama with lots of quiet contemplation, but also moments of intensity as two people fall in love, the sister of a murderer and the brother of a murder’s victim.
Tantei no Tantei 8/10 -After her sister’s murder, a detective goes after bad detectives. I liked this, but I’ve forgotten most of it as I watched it near the beginning of the year.
3 Nen A Kumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu 2019 8.5/10 -This was strange. A teacher takes his students hostage and proceeds to teach them a lesson about life in the digital age they’ll never forget.
Rike Koi 7.5/10 – Just a cute romantic comedy based on manga I watched for giggles.
KOREAN DRAMAS 2019
Tomorrow With you – 8.3/10 Really sweet romance with a time travel twist.
Signal – 7.5/10 I watched this after Tunnel and I was sooo underwhelmed by everything about this, the relationships compared to Tunnel, the mystery, it just didn’t impress me much. Good performances by actors.
Tunnel – 8.5/10 Time travel drama that I lurved! This was about a serial killer, but more importantly, the relationships between people is what stood out for me.
Kingdom – 7/10 Overrated. Honestly, you’ll thinking fighting off zombie hordes would be more interesting, but no. The twist fell flat too. And it ends in a cliffhanger.
I Picked Up a Star on the Road 8.6/10 – This was the big surprise of all the dramas, but warning, lots of black humor. This isn’t the light romantic comedy I expected of a star and ordinary girl falling in love, it was much better.
This is one of those lakorns I’m personally looking forwards to.😁 Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) stars James Jirayu as a celebrity and Ice Preechaya as a fortune teller. The nang’ek makes a prediction about the pra’ek he doesn’t like and that starts their enemies to lovers relationship. Plus, there’s a killer who’s after the nang’ek so she has to live with the pra’ek! 🤩 Sounds like fun~~~.
Synopsis: 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
James Ji Fansub may be subbing this. Word on asianfuse.net is that this may have an April or May release date.
Another slap and kiss? A cold heroine who uses her wit more then her mouth? Nang’ek forces the pra’ek to marry her? Rahut Rissaya (2020) or The Envy Code is being remade! 😍🥰😘 As you can tell, I’m excited. This is a favorite of mine.
After her parents’ deaths, Palai (Noon) decided to find evidence that her parents’ deaths were not accidental, but actually murder. She not only lost her parents, but she lost her house, her company and her money to her aunt, who claimed that she got everything legally from Palai’s parents. Palai wanted to find any proof that her aunt and Siva’s father were the ones who took everything from her.
Palai threatened Siva (Paul) that she was going to send all the information on her website about his dad’s corruption to the reporters if he doesn’t marry her. If he marries her, she will give him the password to the website. However, there wasn’t any information on the said site. She was buying time to get information about Siva’s dad and her aunt by living in Siva’s house.
(credit to kudalakorn)
Pinkploy Chansamorn starred in Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang, which I watched, so she’s had some experience with a slap and kiss lakorn. On the other hand, Artit (Bank) Tangwiboonpanit is less well known to me, but some may know him from Panthakan Rak. One thing I liked about this lakorn is the nang’ek’s caring relationship with her servant, that is so rare to see in a lakorn.