Watching Now: Non Lakorns – Detective, Marriage and More

So right now I’m going to start trying to finish some dramas I put on hold to finish off 2020 and be able to watch a fresh new batch of dramas. But I had some dramas catch my eye and couldn’t resist turning in to watch these dramas from China, Taiwan and Korea. These are all 2020 dramas too, there are so many 2020 dramas still on my ‘plan to watch list’ still waiting for me. Oh well. On to 2021!

Other Dramas

So I’m watching a number of different dramas now, certain dramas like lakorns I like to watch on my laptop, my Netflix I like to watch on tv screen and so on.

If you’re looking to take a break from romance, I’ve got two dramas that seem fairly compelling so far.

Synopsis: Neither his forensic skills nor his deductive / inductive reasoning skills can aptly sum up the green Detective Gang Do Chang. His best qualities lie in being righteous and diligent. Returning to the force after a year-long leave is Oh Ji Hyuk, a graduate of the Korean National Police University. An unsympathetic man, he catches criminals using his keen insight and his sharp attention to detail. These opposites are partnered together to reopen a case from five years ago, when the verdict called for the death penalty for murderer Lee Dae Chul…

The Good Detective (2020) is on Netflix in the USA and I’ve been enjoying this detective drama for a while. The drama seems to revolve around an old case that needs to be reexamined now when new facts come to light. This has a teaming of opposites, an older more traditional cop and his younger, richer partner. So far I’ve watched 4/16 episodes and have been enjoying the story more and more.

Synopsis: After discovering his estranged daughter’s link to mysterious murders, a forensic detective with Asperger’s syndrome risks everything to solve the case. (Source: Netflix)

A short drama at 8 episodes, I’m already halfway through this. This is another drama, this time from Taiwan on Netflix USA and the synopsis was intriguing. The Victims’ Game (2020) also features a number of familiar faces such as Joseph Chang as a detective with Asperger’s syndrome. There are a number of twists in this one, and you do have to pay close attention or else you’ll get lost.

Synopsis: This story revolves around the cold and icy “male god” professor Zhang Sinian and the calm and sunny Yun Shu. After a fractious first meeting, where Yun Shu dressed down the especially finicky Sinian, she was shocked to find out that he was her university lecturer. Through a series of coincidental encounters, the two agreed to engage in a contractual marriage. As the feelings between them grow, how will they keep their relationship from those around them? (Source: DramaWiki; Baike.Baidu) * Adapted from novel Mr. Perfect and Miss Almost by Wanzhi

There have been any number of Chinese dramas released recently involving a married couple and I’m going to try to watch all of them!!! But not all at once, of course and I try to watch things that are finished first so I don’t have to wait for subs. I heard good things about Perfect and Casual (2020) and wanted to check it out. I don’t think the synopsis is really all that accurate, Yun Shu isn’t really calm, and Zhang Sinian is more awkward and unused to social situations rather than cold. He’s just very much in his own world, that isn’t usually the same world most of us inhabit, lol.

This drama was like China’s answer to kdrama Because This is My First Life (2017), which isn’t a bad thing. It’s got a more relaxed, slice of life feel to it like the kdrama, a contractual marriage, female leads who seem to show their feelings and fall in love first and so on. I’m on episode 14 out of 24 episodes, and the heroine already knows her feelings and tries to get the hero on board with her. They’re a cute couple and there’s another guy getting involved (her boss and hero’s friend) that’s making our hero jelly so I’m enjoying that. It’s pretty angst free. I’m not really interested in the 2nd couple, so I mainly watch for the main couple.

Synopsis: It tells the story of a domineering female CEO and a warm doctor who turn a fake relationship into reality due to practical reasons. Having exchanged their ‘I do’s’, they start on a new chapter of their lives as they learn to fall in love. Lu Fangning is the general manager of Luning Group, a large corporation in the business of home furniture. Lu Fangning is a woman who has it all – talented, beautiful and rich. Nearing her thirties, Lu Fangning succumbs to family pressures and decides that she urgently needs a husband with whom she will have a child. Coincidentally, surgeon Ling Rui appears in front of her. Ling Rui is not only blessed with good looks but also has an angelic heart, which makes him the perfect candidate in the eyes of Lu Fangning. She schemes her way to his life and they finally become husband and wife. Lu Fangning eventually realizes the error in her ways and strives to be better. However, keeping a marriage is not as easy as it seems. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)

I’ve just started watching Begin Again (2020), I’m on episode 3 out of 35 episodes. Honestly, 35 episodes? I don’t know. That seems…. excessive. The thing that interested me the most about this Chinese drama is that it’s based on a lakorn, Samee Ngern Phon or The Bought Husband. I like it so far, and plan to finish it, but other than that, I don’t have much to say.

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Awaken (2020)

More suspense on the way with kdrama Awaken (2020) coming soon. Kdrama Awaken (2020) starts November 30, 2020 on tvN channel and airs two days a week on Monday and Tuesday. The story revolves around cops who look into a mysterious incident that occurred 28 years ago. Namgoong Min (Doctor Prisoner) takes the lead here, along with Lee Chung Ah, Kim Seol Hyun and Yoon Sun Woo. Hopefully, someone will English sub this!

Source: tvN drama’s yt channel

Synopsis: About a series of mysterious incidents that are connected to an incident that took place in a village 28 years ago. Do Jung Woo is a capable and legendary team leader of a special task force at the National Police Agency. He has messy hair, a constant slouch, and sucks on a lollipop all day like a kid, but he has a mysterious secret behind his sly exterior.

Gong Hye Won is a passionate police officer who does not let anything get in her way. Behind her pretty face is a hot temper that won’t cool down unless she says what she needs to say. She is one of the strongest and best fighters on her team, and can drink the others under the table, but she also has a surprisingly clumsy side. Jamie is a detective on loan from the FBI. She was adopted as a child with almost no memories of her life before, but she returns to Korea to solve the serial killer case that is related to those lost memories from 28 years ago. (Source: Soompi)

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There is a solid team behind the cameras as well as in front of them. The director is Jo Soo Won who also directed Doctor John, Thirty But Seventeen and the mega popular I Hear Your Voice. The screenwriter, Shin Yoo Dam, wrote only two dramas before, High-end Crush and Go Ho’s Starry Night and neither of those were mysteries, but still a good team. I also like Namgoong Min’s new look, he’s a great actor and very versatile.

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Choose What I Watch Next!

As you may or may not know, recently I’ve been in something of a drama slump, preferring to watch Youtube videos and movies over dramas. Since I usually get ideas for what I want to write about from what I’m watching, well, right now I have little inspiration. So I thought it might be a good idea to do some polling and ask you, my readers, to pick out what I should watch in November? To help you, I’ve included images and synopses. Hopefully, the two polls work. If not, I’ll have to redo this.

Dung Duang Haruetai (2020) – The story of three kingdoms. Kasit ruled by King Rangsimun is the wealthiest and most powerful but they lack a sea route, for this reason King Rangsimun had planned to politically wed Princess Maneesala of Tanta in order to conveniently use their water route. However if both Kasit and Tanta were to unite that would cause Puntoolat to become isolated and for this reason the three kingdoms have longed lived with suspicion of one another. Princess Maneesala decided to flee in order to escape the wedding because she had heard many ruthless stories about King Rangsimun but she accidentally fell into a trap and was rescued by Prince Tiyuttithorn/ P’Chai of Puntoolat where she asked to seek refuge. Upon hearing the news of Princess Maneesala’s disappearance and learning that it may be linked to P’Chai, Princess Tatsiga feared the start of a war and so she made her way to speak to P’Chai and got kidnapped by King Rangsimun and brought to Kasit. Tatsiga believed she was kidnapped as a hostage in order for Kasit to negotiate Maneesala’s return and so she began at first to dislike Rangsimun. However Rangsimun had fell in love with Tatsiga at first sight and so began their love story. (Source: Sharerice)

Fah Fak Ruk (2020) – The story is about Tongrak, a girl who struggles in life agreed to be a surrogate mom for Praefah, her biological sister who has health issues. Praefah is in love with Natee, an ordinary musician who turns out to be the heir of the Asavakietikul family where they have enemies all around. Because of this, Praefah and Natee end up getting murdered, leaving Tongrak a lonely pregnant woman with no job. Tongrak wants to tell the Asavakietikul family about their possible heir or heiress in her tummy but Kimhan, a toy designer, stopped her from doing so because he thinks the reason Praefah and Natee were killed is because the murderer wants to kill the heir. So Tongrak ends up being under the care of Kimhan. The two becomes close and develops feelings for each other unintentionally. (Source: MyDramaList)

Sapai Import (2020) – Lisa is a rich, spoiled girl who returned from her studies in England to find her parents were in debt. She had to work to repay that debt. And Don’s mother helped her. Don is the grandson of a very famous farm owner. When Don’s grandfather died, he conditionally named Don as his successor. To receive the farm, Don had to marry and have a child within a year. Otherwise the farm would be awarded to his cousin’s brother. Don’s mother loved Lisa like a daughter, so she pushed them toward marriage . At first, both of them rejected the marriage. Then Don’s mother announced that she was going to die soon, so Lisa accepted as a sign of gratitude. Since Don and Lisa don’t love each other, they agreed to pretend to be married for 6 months. Despite their differing lifestyles, nothing could stop destiny. (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)

Mue Prab Khao Saan Sek – Son is a young detective that was born with a gift to see spirits. He often uses his gift to solve case. One day, Son uses his gift in the middle of the market and is sent to see a psychiatrist. The moment he meets Rung, they immediately dislike one another. Son is able to pass all mental evaluations, but because of her own prejudice, Rung reports that he is not ready for a mental evaluation. (Souce: LakornGalaxy) MDL Rating 7.7

Recently Airing Lakorns

I haven’t been interested in any of the recently airing lakorns as well. So am I missing any gems? Any lakorns that are surprising you or giving you feels over a couple’s chemistry? Pick out a lakorn for me to try please?

Fah Mee Tawan (2020) – A story follows a young businessman, Paul who plans to get back Crown Diamond, the company once owned by his mother. He is determined to take revenge and retrieve everything from the father who abandoned him and his mother to live with his new wife Netselao and the adopted daughter Nainapha , who took the love from his father. He charmed his stepmother’s trust only to find out that all the bad things in the family were caused by her and her lover Singkorn and Nainapha was just a victim, just like him. So he empathizes and secretly helps her until intimacy transforms into love. The plan to pull out the mask of the stepmother goes on with the love at stake. (Source: drama.kapook

Roy Leh Marnya (2020) – Pitcha is confident, modern, and outgoing CEO. Unfortunately, her playboy husband does not share her integrity. For a long time, she hoped he would become a good and loyal husband. But when she realized that he was unlikely to ever change, she pursues a divorce. This decision leads Pitcha to Ramin, a lawyer, and her childhood friend. While Ramin is helping Pitcha get a divorce, he falls in love with her. With Pitcha’s failed marriage, she is scared to even consider another love in her life. And Ramin has his own struggles from past relationships. So what will happen to Ramin and Pitcha when fear and uncertainty undermine desire? (Source: Collin Hypercuz and bumblethunderbeast at MyDramaList)

Fai Gam Prae (2020) – Jarawee and Tomnai are servant who must go to province for their master, coincidentally meet in train. They introduce to each other that they’re a child in wealthy family, later find out its not, just servant the same . . . . . Jarawee and Tomnai decide to change their goal to each other master, Thippayarng is Jarawee’s, sweet, gentle and soft head. She must be taken care by Jarawee all the time. Thongchan is Tomnai’s, player and frivolous, always be helped on work by Tomnai. They finally reach the goal. Thongcharn have crush on Jarawee for her beauty as Thippayang is attrated by Tomnai’s look and sweet. Finally get marriaged for two couples . . . . . But it isn’t worked, Tomnai decide to divorce because bored of Thippayang soft head. She always listen to other one and start the problem on him. Meanwhile, Thongcharn feel like to overpowered by Jarawee because she’s smart and can work for him. His mother love her so much. Eventually divorce as well . . . . . Jarawee and Tomnai are reunion on train like the first day they met. They decide to introduce to each other for their true color not decieve anymore (Source:thaidramatic_update)

Kor Kerd Mai Klai Klai Ter (2020) – Meet Rarapee, a strong, smart woman and mother of a grown son. While pregnant, her beloved husband suddenly passed away, leaving her to raise her son on her own. Growing up, her son resented his father, believing him to be irresponsible when he chose to abandon them both. However, Rarapee loved her husband deeply and feels strongly that he will return one day. After many years, her wish comes true when her husband is reincarnated as a handsome, young man named Thing, who´s around her son’s age. When they meet, they rekindle their love, despite their age difference. Will Thing be able to discover his past life? What obstacles lie in their path to happiness and can they overcome them? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)

Any other dramas (non lakorns) out there I should catch? Let me know in the comments below.

Thailand Protests 2020 – Part 1: History

I debated whether to talk about this or not, as I’m no expert on the political situation in Thailand and/or their history. However, I have been following closely the protests in the USA this year, and what is happening in Thailand now seems soooo familiar, I feel I can speak from that perspective. The other thing that made me want to talk about it is that a number of Thailand celebrities have started talking about it using the phrase “Violence is not the solution,” so I figured that yes in some way, it is related to lakorns, which is supposed to be the main theme of this website.

In Thailand, there are a lot of protests going on against the government right now. Protests have been happening for a while, but recently the protests have garnered more attention recently as protestors have been met with more force from the police and the number of protestors have risen.

A Brief Summary of Thailand’s History

Let me take it a few steps back as before we even talk about the protests going on now, we have to have some idea of the history of the protests. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy (the constitutional part being fairly recent, say 1932) and they have a king, King Vajiralongkorn, as well as a prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Thailand had a democratically elected National Assembly, but in 2014, there was a coup and overthrow of the government by military forces, the leader of whom, Prayut Chan-o-cha, took power and then held onto as he was elected the prime minster due to the disputed 2019 elections. It seems as if power has shifted from military leadership to democracy at various times in Thailand’s history, with the monarchy only serving as a figurehead for much of the 20th century. 

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After the coup in 2014, of course there was protests, but in 2019 there finally were elections, and while these were problematic, apparently the protests really flared up again with the dissolution by Thailand’s Constitution Court of a political party Future Forward Party (FFP) in Thailand, which had placed 3rd in the 2019 elections and was very popular with students. The dissolution was supposed to be about campaign donations fraud, but as the FFP was an anti-military group and as such was often targeted by the military, this seems to be suspect at best.

Source: Khaosod English’s twitter

The dissolution of the FFP set off protests primarily in schools in February 2020, but COVID soon came along and shut most of the schools (and protests) down, Then in July 2020, again under youth leadership, protests started again with the three demands as stated up above. Protests grew and the response to the protests grew as well, as many people saw the government taking oftentimes violent action against peaceful protesters.

On October 16, police used a water cannon with tear gas, as well as batons and shields against protestors, and the growing violence has led some people to ask celebrities like actors/actresses to step up and speak about these issues.

Protesters in Thailand are demanding these 3 things.

The protests have also seen an increasingly negative view of the monarchy rise and calls for an end to lese majeste laws, where criticism of the monarchy is strictly forbidden. There have been demands made by protesters from 3 to 10 demands, most of them revolving around government reforms and demanding more civil liberties.

Celebrities and Police Response to Protests

As it stands now, public gathering of groups of more than five people have been banned in Thailand, censorship has lead to crackdowns with news programs like the BBC being blocked. Celebrities such as singers/actors Ice Sarunyu and Nickhun have started talking about the protests and some people are looking for more celebrities to do the same.

Source: allkpop

Right now, there are many protests going on around the world. At the core, most of these protests resolve around one simple matter: dissatisfaction with the government. It’s true of the Black Lives Matter protests in the US (which are still continuing by the way). The protests that erupted in Beirut, climate change protests and the protests in Thailand, even the anti mask/anti covid-19 restrictions protests (which I don’t agree) are really all based on dissatisfaction with the government. (Plus a lot of misinformation in the case of anti-maskers.)  

And the usual government response to these protests? Well, they usually respond by clamping down on protesters with pepper spray, tear gas, you name it. This results in an ever-escalating violence oftentimes by the police forward protesters, who the most cases are just exercising their civic duty. The very actions of the police in fact, often exacerbate the situation and make it very clear why people are protesting in the first place.

Please note: My knowledge of Thailand is very shallow, I’m merely sharing what I’ve learned so far, in the hope of encouraging readers to continue furthering their knowledge by clicking on the links and to lay the background as I examine the situation from my perspective as a USA citizen who has been closely following the protests in my country. But this piece seems too long as it is, so I’ll be giving my perspective/comparison/contrast in another post.

Sources: France24, wikipedia, Human Rights Watch, Vox, IndianExpress, BBC, numerous YT videos on protests.

Tuesday’s Teaser: Search (2020)

I’ve been in the mood to watch more suspense/mystery/thriller dramas and Search (2020) looks to be right up my alley. Kdrama Search (2020) starts October 17, 2020 on OCN channel and should have 10 episodes a hour each. This is a survival story that pits
Jang Dong Yoon
(The Tale of Nokdu) and Krystal (Player (2018)) against creatures. Hopefully, someone will English sub this!

Synopsis: A survival story about a search party that battles against monstrous creatures. It will highlight the heartwarming bond between the members of the search party as they struggle to escape the demilitarized zone together. The story begins as a military dog handler who’s only a month away from his discharge date gets seconded to the search party and encounters a monster in the demilitarized zone. (Source: Soompi)

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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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Subbing Now

So we’re getting a number of new projects being subbed now. 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 much more unclear which lakorns will be subbed and when, so I think it’s more important to focus on them.

NEKO

Some new projects on the horizon! Neko is finishing up Marn Bang Jai and continuing to slowly sub the lakorn, Baan Sila Dang (2015). She has picked up two new projects, Mia Archeep and Prom Pissawat (2020).

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)

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THIPPY

Thippy is still working on currently airing lakorn Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) which looks like it will have 30 episodes and Prao (2014) or Proud in English. She just finished English subbing Tawan Arb Dao (2020).

Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) – When Panu’s twin children Oley & Nene wants Karaked, a teacher, to be their step mom, the two starts to play cupid. But their obstacles are General Samurjai, Karaked’s father who tries every way to intervene between Panu and Karaked and the twin’s maternal grandmother Khun Nuankae, who wants to take custody of the two children. So Panu must use his love and sincerity to prove to everyone.

(Source: OhSweetHaven)

MUSE

Muse is still working on English subbing a number of lakorns like Leh Game Rak (2020), Raeng Tian (2019) and Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020). They have picked up a number of new projects though, including Fai Sin Chua (2020) and Mia Archeep.

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.

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Subbing Now

Things are starting to pick up in lakornland again, so yeah! Lots of new lakorns being subbed, lots of choices, such as Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020), Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) and Leh Game Rak (2020), so right now not that many new lakorns being subbed to talk about. I’m finally out of my own lakorn slump and eagerly watching several lakorns, trying to decide which I want to write about in the form of first impressions, recaps, etc.

MUSE

Muse is working on a number of currently airing lakorns, including Leh Game Rak (2020), Raeng Tian (2019) and Peek Hong (2020). They’re also subbing Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) and another subbing group, Jirayuhomedrama is subbing this as well, more options to choose from!

Leh Game Rak (2020) – An orphan having to disguise herself as a heiress of the Patayakul family who has died in an accident In order to manage the company. (Source: PPTVHD36)

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THIPPY

Thippy is working on currently airing lakorn Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) and another older lakorn that has been incompletely subbed before, Prao (2014) or Proud in English. She just finished subbing Tawan Arb Dao (2020).

Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) – When Panu’s twin children Oley & Nene wants Karaked, a teacher, to be their step mom, the two starts to play cupid. But their obstacles are General Samurjai, Karaked’s father who tries every way to intervene between Panu and Karaked and the twin’s maternal grandmother Khun Nuankae, who wants to take custody of the two children. So Panu must use his love and sincerity to prove to everyone.

(Source: OhSweetHaven)

NEKO

Neko is continuing to sub Marn Bang Jai and an older lakorn, Baan Sila Dang (2015) which is notable as one of the few twin lakorns that actually feature twin actresses!

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Tuesday’s Teaser: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Korean drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) stars Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji as the main couple, with other main leads Park Kyu Young and Oh Jung Se starts airing on June 20, 2020. Most of the romantic drama seems to revolve around the inmates and workers around and in a psychiatric ward. This is the type of drama I would like to see from Thailand, with characters who have mental illness (and yes, I realize most screaming nangrai’s and parents could qualify as such). They’re getting there, there was one lakorn I remember about Wai Sab Saraek Kad (2016) involving a female psychologist, but it’s not subbed unfortunately.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) Synopsis: The story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won (approximately $1,520) a month and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process. Moon Kang Tae is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward. Moon Kang Tae is a man who was blessed with everything including a great body, smarts, ability to sympathize with others, patience, ability to react quickly, stamina, and more. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young is a popular writer of children’s literature, but she is extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude. (Source: Soompi koreandrama.org)

Kim Soo Hyun (You Who Came from the Stars) is a very popular star and this is his first drama since he completed his mandatory military service. Seo Ye Ji (Save Me) is the female lead and we also have director Park Shin Woo, who is known for his kdramas such as Encounter and Trap. This tvN drama should be available on Netflix English subbed.

Credits: mydramalist.com, asianfuse.net, asianfuse.wiki

Coronavirus in Thailand, part 2

I first wrote about what’s happening with COVID-19 in Thailand here. Here in the USA, we’re reopening in lots of states as Trump has encouraged states to do so in order to jumpstart the economy and help his reelection bid. Thanks to the lack of support financially and otherwise, many states have little choice but to try to reopen to stave off their worsening economic situation. Thailand, too, is reopening and some lakorns have started filming again, so there are a number of good news to share about Thailand and COVID-19.

The government has imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am starting tonight, in its latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1891910/curfew-starts-today#cxrecs_s

As I write this in June 2020, currently Thailand has only 3,125 COVID-19 cases, with 58 reported deaths (according to this site). I wrote before about their containment measures, a nationwide curfew, governors taking charge of lockdown and even that the government was clamping down on criticism of their response to the coronavirus, according to this article.

Public and private establishments were closed throughout the country except for hospitals, drug stores, supermarkets, takeout places, and other essential services.

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
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As in most other countries, public health authorities very early on discarded mass testing, saying they did not have the resources to conduct this. In its place, they put into effect an aggressive strategy of contact tracing, quarantining those testing positive, hospitalizing those with serious symptoms, and requiring international travelers arriving from “dangerous communicable disease areas” to self-isolate or, in some cases, be confined to government quarantine centers.

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

But according to a new article I read, along with Thailand’s partial lockdown, it is Thailand’s health care system which has been the key reason why Thailand has been so successful.

A critical role was played by village health volunteers (VHVs) in flattening the spread of COVID-19 at the community level.

(Snip)…the battle against the pandemic was led by public health authorities deploying a strategy of persuading people to use face masks and hand sanitizers, observe social distancing, and stay at home. As noted above, much of this work was carried out at the grassroots level by hundreds of thousands of village health volunteers.

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
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One theory floating around about why most Asian countries have been so successful in COVID19 response is that it is the authoritarian regime in China and other Asian places that made containment of COVID19 succeed, but this article contends that theory, and I agree, that it was the government giving authority up to the public health officials that really made the difference. The article also goes on to point out that ~90% of the people wore masks and did so right from start of pandemic, and people trust in the health care system there.

 (snip) …the fact of the matter is that the 18-year-old universal healthcare program has become the cornerstone of that relationship of trust between the public health system and the people that came into play when COVID-19 came on the scene

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
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Last, I don’t want to give the impression that this all happened and everything is and was just fine and dandy. Curfew breakers were arrested, the government curtailed free speech regarding criticism of their actions at times, and some foreigners experienced prejudice and more. There are also reports of people not following curfew and of businesses ignoring government regulations. But for now it does seem like Thailand is on the right track in fighting COVID19. Now, if only I could say the same of the USA.

Lakornland

The music scene in Thailand is busy with a number of songs out about COVID-19, some of them with rather depressing lyrics. Of course, lakorn celebrities such as Mik Tongraya and Bow Maylada have joined in on the fun and have their own mv.

As for lakorns, shooting has already resumed for a number of lakorns, with guidelines in place. This article is in Thai, but it talks about the restrictions put in place. Temperature screenings, areas disinfected, social distancing, masks and face shields, not to mention limiting the amount of people in an area are some of the restrictions in place. I’ve heard that some lakorns are trying to rush and finish filming and I’m just hoping they’re being careful. Be safe out there!