I’ve decided to take a break from all things It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) to highlight this video. In Mafia Luerd Mungkorn: Krating (2015), we have two wonderful actors Ken Theeradeth and Cherry Khemapsorn who look great together.Actually, I’ve always had the Mafia series on my plan to watch list, and I’ve watched several episodes of different parts of the series, but nothing compelled me to watch more. This mv reminded me why I want to watch this lakorn.
Synopsis: Seven years ago, all member of his great mafia family were killed in the bomb led by Black Dragon gang after sending “Janchompoo” a young girl decoy to be his lover, only “Chonlathee” managed to escape this murder plan. Chonlathee flees to live with his father’s close friend in Hong Kong. The wound from that fire incident drove him into a facial plastic surgery and he even changed his name into “Tham” and later gets back into the mafia business again to wait for a revenge. He’s named the ‘fierce bull’ of Yaowarat China Town.
Tham gets to meet Yah-ya, a beautiful girl that he feels familiar. With his curiosity ’cause she’s too skillful to be just an ordinary waitress at a Chinese restaurant, Tham intended get closer to Yah-ya and unexpectedly fall in love with her. Yah-ya falls in love with him too. But she has to get shocked when his past secret is revealed.
Listening to the soundtrack of Marn Bang Jai (2020) after listening to It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is like listening to someone playing Chopsticks on the piano as opposed to Beethoven’s Symphony. Like how when you went to a fancy restaurant and the quality of the food there makes you dissatisfied with fast food places for a bit?
Honestly, I like Marn Bang Jai (2020) and the music, but the soundtrack is sooo lazy. They play the exact same song in every episode, like textbook. I know the budget of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) must be way superior, but you could still make interesting music choices on a lower budget if you cared. I remember some older lakorns like the 1999 version of Ngao Asoke had really fun music choices I remember to this day. At any rate, more music from MBJ and IOTNBO.
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?