Two episodes in and I can already tell It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is going be a favorite for me in terms of soundtrack. I’ve been scouring youtube looking for songs from the drama, and one was released, but my fav still isn’t out.
This week I will be working on more recaps, but I also want to focus on the music I love, the soundtracks that has stayed with me other the years.
Hello and welcome to Music Monday! I’m so excited for the week ahead because I have not one, not two, but three different dramas I’m waiting for to air this week! I try not to watch dramas as they’re airing as then I’m constantly waiting for the English subs, but I couldn’t help myself because I was determined to watch Payakorn Sorn Ruk, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and I’m counting My Husband in Law (2020) too although it has already ended in my must watch dramas.
Yes, I will be writing about them this week, I’m just figuring out what form, reviews, recaps, etc. But to get back to music, I wanted to introduce you to a great channel for osts and mvs on Thailand lakorns, Channel 3 Thailand Music. I’ve used them for Music Monday over the years, they’re the official channel for Channel 3 osts and mvs of their lakorns, so expect to see only Channel 3 lakorns here. Here are some of the mvs you can catch, including a young Nadech singing with Yaya. Enjoy!
Things seem to be picking up in lakornland. Several lakorns have resumed filming, some new lakorns are now airing, we have more coming this week and I’m really looking forwards to one of them, it’ll be Tuesday’s teaser. For now, I’m waiting to watch some of these new lakorns and talk about them here. This is one that’s been on my ever growing watchlist for ages, The Crown Princess (2018). A hodgepodge of topics this week, stay tuned.
Synopsis: The main heroine – a princess of a small country, comes into danger after her coronation. To protect her they send her to Thailand, where the main hero – a navy man- becomes her bodyguard.
The days can’t go by fast enough for me when I’m waiting for a much anticipated lakorn and Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) isn’t airing until June 15, 2020, less than a week away, but it seems like an eternity. I really, really want to watch this, it has a great plot and James Jirayu and Ice Preechaya as well, but for now, a mv from the lakorn. Enjoy!!!!
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)
One of the genres I feel Thailand lakorns are lacking in is that of suspense and mystery. There are a few (2019’s The Stranded), and the genre is growing, but it can’t compare to South Korea dramas or especially Japan’s doramas. So I want to take a closer look at the mystery/suspense/thriller genre and my pick today is SPEC: Birth (2010).
Synopsis: The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has set up a special department named Mishou (Unidentified Crimes Unit) for hard to crack cases without evidence, witnesses, or involving special organizations. These cases are beyond the scope of Keizoku (First Investigative Division’s Unsolved Crimes Unit).
The section chief for Mishou is Kotaro Nonomura (Raita Ryu). He is a senior in age with a dignified look, so usually nobody blames him even though his answers are evasive. Saya Toma (Erika Toda) is a young woman with an IQ of 201. With her amazing intellect she became part of the faculty at the Department of Science at Kyoto University without schooling. Takeru Sebumi (Ryo Kase) is an excellant career detective. He was picked for the Metropolitan Police Department’s SIT unit and became platoon leader by the young age of 27. He is also highly skilled with guns and the martial arts.
Saya Toma & Takeru Sebumi work on cases for Mishou first by postulating the “SPEC” of the unknown criminals. They then deduce the criminal’s unknown “SPEC” and use this information to trap the criminals
The soundtrack of SPEC is my favorite, the characters are weird, yet compelling, in particular our female lead. This series spawned a whole host of special episodes, movies etc. Even this dorama is a sequel of Keizoku (1999), which was just as awful, horrifying and beautiful as well. Honestly this is one of my favorite dramas of all time. 😍 Most of the sequels, movies, special episodes, though? Eh… 🤨
Today’s music Monday is brought to you from the music of Boy Peacemaker. Boy is a popular Thai singer whose music is featured in a number of different osts and mvs. Boy was born August 1, 1980, started performing with a band and later became a solo artist. He has released a number of songs and albums that you can find on youtube. One of my favorite songs of his is from the Roy Marn (2011) mv and it’s just beautiful and emotional.
Synopsis: A lakorn involving a forced marriage that wasn’t meant to be. Bee’s cousin should have married Mark but the day before the wedding, her cousin was kidnapped by a guy who had loved her for years. He kidnapped her, assaulted her, got her pregnant, and thus everything changed.
The young and bratty Bee had to take the place of her cousin because it was a marriage to erase a debt. Her uncle owed money to Mark and his father. Since he can’t use his daughter, he’ll use his niece instead.
If I had to pick a drama that really started a new trend in dramaland, namely that of parallel worlds/virtual worlds, I would pick two, kdrama W (2016) and Chinese drama Love O2O (2016). Both of these dramas really helped popularize this genre. I’m not even sure what to call the genre, Parallel worlds, virtual worlds, parallel dimensions, maybe alternate dimensions? Whatever you do call, I call it fascinating. But as a definition, I would say it is a person traveling to a world outside of what we know as this world into a fictional world. This will be the focus of this week’s posts.
Synopsis: Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love.
But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?
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.
It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these posts. I thought I’ll talk about the blog and what’s going on in lakornland, so stay tuned if you’re interested.
First, I want to point out it’s called lakornview with a reason. I do want to focus on lakorns, but also away from lakorns to other dramas, mostly from other countries. Basically, I want to write about things that engage me, interest me, which is lakorns sometimes, but also Japanese doramas, Chinese and kdramas and so on.
I will be changing the look of Lakornview as well.
Expect to see more content based on social issues in dramas, this is based on my interests such as on portrayal of working class here, COVID-19, or guns.
I want to post more, but possibly short clips, or things I find interesting.
Last, but not least, I want to post on Instagram, Facebook and maybe even YouTube? as well. We’ll see.
Muse has basically got rid of their Telegram site and made their videos only accessible by those who donate (apparently it doesn’t matter how much). They are great subbers and apparently have been getting a lot of trolls now. Apparently they’re no longer subbing My Husband in Law (2020)!
It’s ridiculous that Muse and other subbers have to put up with this crap. Again, it makes me wish there was a official site that we go to see lakorns. Most sites aren’t available in US like dimsum.my and Netflix has a few, Youtube has GMM, but that’s about it.
But this all seriously impacts the availability of watching lakorns easily. Restricting access makes sites such as Dramac**l that steal subs more attractive to people. We want more people to watch lakorns so we garner more fans, so more of us can press for an official site.
Speaking of youtube, I just learned today that youtube has a Classic Thailand movie channel, just like there is a Korean Classic film channel.
The channel is called the Film Archive Thailand and has some movies with English subtitles, but not all content does have subtitles.
There are movies, short clips of movies, musical performances, interviews and even, ads from 50 years ago?
There’s some weird stuff here, lol. I confess to being enchanted by this channel so far. (Or I just have to much time on my hands staying at home.) But see this clip, in the old fashioned silent era style of a ‘Banana Eater Heroine’? (see video below)