What’s up in the blogsphere? Drama News and Recs

So I’m not really looking forwards to any drama coming out this week (thank goodness because there are already too many lakorns out there I want to watch), so instead I wanted to point out some posts I’ve seen that are interesting to us drama lovers.

I’m going to be busy this week and possibly next week finishing up projects and updates to my other blog so unfortunately won’t be getting to blog about the newly released lakorns until later on. Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on where to go to find more posts on lakorns and more reviews.

Drama News

My Husband in Law aired in both China and Thailand at the same time.
  • Because of the popularity of Asian content as demonstrated in this article, Netflix is pouring even more money and resources into making Asian content.
  • A lot of that will be South Korean of course, but lakorns in particular are gaining in popularity in Asia (see here and here – not in English), and this means more money will go into making them, a good thing if you ask me that should increase the production costs of lakorns, but hopefully also reward good writing, directing and so on.
  • Blobofcolour had a post about the rising popularity of lakorns in Singapore here.
  • Now sites like Viu.com and Dimsum.my have lakorns that are English subbed. It’s like we have viki back, but unfortunately only certain Asian countries can access the sites.

Drama Reviews, Recaps and Recommendations

  • Lovefia has been on a roll recently, taking a look at lakorns like Talay Luang, Mia Jum Pen, and Dao Kon La Duang, as well as doing recaps of a drama on my to watch list, Duangjai Nai Montra.
  • You can also catch Lovefia on twitter.
  • I love it when fansubbers do reviews of the lakorns they watched subbed, so check out Thippy‘s 2020 Lakorn Recap and Reviews. She did a rant on Rahut Rissaya 2020, which I sorta agree about, but I also liked it more than she did. And I still have to finish the last 3 episodes (I heard disappointing things about them so I’m not excited.😟)
  • Want to find more recommendations on 2020 dramas to watch, Chinese dramas in particular? I thought this post by mz4jun was really well made.
  • Lakorn Galaxy recently did a Best Lakorns of 2020 list here.

And that’s it for this post. Do you know of any bloggers I’ve missed? What are you favorite go to blogs?

Mediawatch

Since a lot of people are indoors due to coronavirus, I thought it would be nice to go over once again, where to watch lakorns, instead of my usual Monday post. So where to watch?

Thaidramatic updates had a great Instagram post on what different Thailand channels do with their content. (They’re a good source of info on lakorns as well, you can find them here.)

Source: thaidramatic_update’s ig


youtube

As you can see from picture up above, with the exception of Channel 7 πŸ˜•, most of channels put their lakorns on youtube unsubbed after airing. Right now, only GMMTV is putting English subtitles on some of their lakorns. Other channels like Channel 3 and ONEHD allow the users to add subtitles to their videos, so some could be subbed by the public.

Youtube is also a good resource to find older lakorns, but it’s really not worth it to try putting newer lakorns on, they’ll only be taken down.

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netflix

As far as I know, Netflix is the only place outside of official youtube channels to provide lakorns with English subtitles. I wrote more about Netflix and Youtube here.

fansubbers

Fansubbers have played a huge part in subbing lakorns. I’ve already gone into a lot of detail here.

further resources

I have lists of on air lakorns that are being subbed here. Another list for lakorns that have already been completely English subbed here. Lakorn galaxy also keeps viewers updated on English subbing of lakorns at their site too. Enjoy!

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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 TravelβŒ›

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

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

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 MarriagesπŸ’”

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.

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

Where to watch lakorns?

This post will give you info on where to watch lakorns that are English subbed, and what are the best sources to find them.

I wrote a whole post here about two official streaming sources to watch English subbed lakorns legally from the USA. Those are Netflix and youtube channels like Channel GMM and Channel 3 (people can add subs to some of their videos).

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This post will be more on the fansubbers, the dedicated group of people who sub lakorns and whom no lakorn fan would be able to watch half as many lakorns without their help. Thanks!

I’ll be focusing on currently active subbers. Just look for the big letters to find the active subbers and pics below are lakorns they have at their site. For more links, see here.

One of the older sites, but still active. Sometimes,.😊

There are two main places to find links for multiple lakorns outside Netflix and Youtube channels mentioned above. Lakorn GalaxyΒ – has links to where you can find English subbed lakorns and Jasmin’s Lakorn BlogΒ  has lists of incomplete and completed lakorns, and downloads. It’s a site I help run, and I try to update once a month at least, more if I have time. Lakorn Galaxy seems to update much more frequently, like almost daily I think? (Active subbers, who have released in the recent month or two are the ones who have the large initial letter.) 10/16/2019

THE LIST


Alwaysmeena – DMDM2, download HQ lakorns here 

Anonyblue2001 – YT Fansubber with some downloads of her subbed videos available.

Bitter Kisses – FB Newer fansubber.

Channel 3 –  Some lakorn subbers have subbed a few lakorns on channel, like Krong Kam

Chobling – YT Chobling’s a subber, has links here.

ChorMuang FanSub – DM 

Dailymotion – this streaming platform has lots, but its usually easier to look for fansubber’s links.

Dragon’s Lair Fansub – a new group subbing Chumpae, etc.

GMM TV – channel has subbed some of their lakorns on like Room Alone, and The Ugly Duckling series. 

Ingfakirata – DM, YT , FB – subber of Princess Hours.

Jasmin’s Lakorn Blog – Download lakorns here, find streaming links to them, etc. We are in the process of uploading more lakorns to dl, so look forwards to that!.

Korat’s Subbed Lakorns – fansubber who has links to her projects here.

Lakorn Galaxy – has links to where you can find subbers and other posts.

Lakorn Luv – FBDM– Lakorn Luv subbed several parts of The Cupids series.

Muse – This group has gone through a lot of changes, but they’re still working hard with several subbers in the group! Very prolific and they work on currently airing lakorns.

nekoMewoMeow – fansubber of 50+ projects works mainly on airing lakorns.

Netflix – the availability of subbed lakorns differs according to where you love, but most are cable offerings from GMM.

Rainbow Subbing – FBYT – this subbing group has subbed a number of lakorns including Mongrut Rissaya. Active?

Subber’s Paradise – has subbed a number of lakorns such as Nakee and Ka Badin.

Ka Badin

Thippy – DM Thippy is a fansubber as a longtime fansubber who’s still working today, usually on currently airing lakorns.

Youtube – like you didn’t know already.

Weir and Min Sanctuary – FB more commonly known as ninjakkn, she has lots videos she subbed on her site.

If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know. Some subbers are active, just haven’t seen any progress in awhile.

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

What’s up in the blogsphere?

In this post, we’ll look at what other Thai bloggers are blogging about. Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on where to go to find more posts on lakorns and more reviews.

  • Lovefia has some recaps up of Nueng Dao Fah Diew by Greta, and I found Greta’s indepth analysis of Krong Karm to be very insightful. Krong Karm wasn’t on my to-watch list before, but it is now. It is not the usual lakorn with simplistic love stories, but is much more than that.
  • Meanwhile, you can catch Lovefia on twitter, where she’s more active these days..
  • Num Kala’s new mv and short film for the mv is subbed by neko, who is a fan of the singer. Listening to it now. Mmm. Hmm. It’s okay, like the story more than the music though.
  • neko also put up another informative post on Kaew Klang Dong, including looking at all the kisses, which, okay, I am totally putting this one on my to-watch list too😜. Again.
  • Lakorn teasers of 2020 for channel 7? I’m in. Watch them here on Thippy’s blog.
  • Thippy also has a review up of Huajai Look Phuchai.
  • Lakorn Galaxy recently did a review of Prai Pikaat. Ouch!

And that’s it for this post. I focused on blogs that have put out content recently in the last month or so. Do you know of any bloggers I’ve missed? What are you favorite go to blogs?

Streaming Now

In this post, I’ll talk about the state of streaming lakorns today, what lakorns are available for streaming and where in the USA. The focus will be ones that have English subtitles, so just assume I’m referring to sites with English subtitles.

Oh My Ghost Thai is now streaming at Netflix USA.

As far as I know, there are two, count them, two official streaming sources to watch lakorns or Thailand dramas legally from the USA. Those are Netflix and youtube channels like Channel GMM. Oh, and Channel 3 too, but that’s a little different. Netflix started streaming lakorns years ago, but they’re mostly lakorns from GMM, and True4u.

Viki has like one lakorn, A Fleet in Time, from GMM. Other sites like Kocowa, OnDemandKorea, Hulu, and Amazon Prime focus mainly on Korean drams, with some Japanese ones for Amazon Prime. And sites like Viu aren’t available in the USA. This is why fansubbers such as Neko, Muse, Thippy, wishboniko, anonyblue1, chobling and others are sooo appreciated and beloved with lakorn fans. They’ve subbed dozens of lakorns for years now.

Here are just a few shows fansubbers are working on!

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That’s also why we encourage, and by we, I mean just about all involved in the lakorn community, fansubbers, fans, etc. ask viewers to watch lakorns from fansubbers sites as much as possible because most fansubbers want them to, so please do so. Most lakorns that can be found on popular unofficial sites are there without the permission of subbers. So please watch from official fansubbers’ sites when possible and please leave them a note of thanks!

Where and What to Watch

Want to know what’s playing on streaming sites like Netflix? Check out Asian Addicts Anonymous site, a great resource that keeps track of what Asian dramas are available. In fact, I used their site to help write this post and instead of making my own lists, I decided to not reinvent the wheel and just link you to their site.

NETFLIX

In Family We Trust

What lakorns are available on Netflix? Check Asian Addict’s site here for a list, they usually use the English titles. I also want to give a few recommendations. Definitely need to watch Pidsawat (Blood and Treasures on Netflix), that was awesome, also Luead Khon Kon Jang or In Family We Trust is highly acclaimed and I’ve got it on my plan to watch list.

YOUTUBE

The Gifted

What about youtube? Click here for a list. Well, there are a few older lakorn fansubbers like wishbonika, chobling, anonyblue1, swtannenat, SJDK Fansub (now called Muse), but virtually all new content on youtube can be found on official youtube channels like GMMTV. GMMTV has a intriguing show called The Gifted, which sounds amazing, and lots of romantic comedy series including popular U-Prince series and Ugly Duckling series. Channel 3‘s yt channel (GMMTV does this as well) also has some fansubbed lakorns like Krong Kam, because they opened up their videos to let people sub some of them! Muse is also in the process of adding subs to some of their lakorns.

Credits: mydramalist.com, Asian Drama Anonymous,