I’m definitely in the mood for something light hearted and fun and this Japanese dorama about a tomboy dressing up as a cute cafe maid may just fit the bill. Himitsu no Ai-chan (2021) is based on a manga and stars Taira Yuna (I’m Underage But I’m Not a Child (2017) – cute film by the way) and Sato Kanta (Sweet Tai Chi). This romantic comedy already started airing on Fuji Tv on February 20, 2021 once a week, 10 episodes as usual. Hopefully, some fan will English sub this dorama.
Synopsis: Kasumi “Ai” Aiko is an athletic, tomboyish member of her school’s basketball club. She is very popular among the girls and can even outplay the boys’ team, with the exception of one person—Amano Reo. His skills on the court are only matched by one thing: his popularity. Envious, Ai proclaims him as her rival, and every day after practice, they compare the number of love letters they each received, which always results in her loss. In need of workers, Ai’s brother employs her at his maid cafe called “Spica.” Since she does not appear girlish enough, her appearance is changed with a wig and some makeup.
One day, Reo visits the cafe with other members of the boys’ team. Worried that they will see through her disguise, she tries to hide, inadvertently spilling drinks on Reo. As she is cleaning up after her mistake, suddenly, Reo asks to go on a date with her. After thinking about it, she eagerly comes up with a plan for revenge—she will make him fall in love with her and then dump him. (Source: MyAnimeList) ~~ Adapted from the manga of the same name by Kaori.
Well, Ku Kaen San Rak (2021) looks to be a lot of fun. This remake of a 2011 lakorn that starred Aum and Chakrit has the English title of ‘My Beloved Enemy.’ The lakorn airs February 21, 2021 on Channel 7. Main couple this time is played by Mookda Narinrak and Micheal Pattaradet, whostarred together in 2019’sSuparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan and most people loved them in that so it’s no wonder they look so natural together. No word yet on if this will be English subbed, but we do have lots of Mookda fans out there so hopefully someone comes through.
Synopsis: Songkran is a real estate mogul a total womanizer with a son named Pe. But he didn’t start out like this, though. Pe’s mother left him when he was young to be with another man. Kran was heartbroken and began treating women like toys and gained the nickname ‘Invincible Casanova’ along with his best friend Sia Ou who runs a modelling agency. Ingdao and her family own a large orange farm. She’s the type that takes no crap from anyone. Thanks to her huge mole and unkempt appearance she is often viewed as ugly. Nevertheless, she has a boyfriend named Nu, a dashing and mild-mannered teacher from the same town. Songkran and his father have been eyeing a piece of land that Ingdao’s father, Saeng, currently owns. It was given to him by his late wife so he cherishes it very much.
One day, Ingjun, Ingdao’s little sister who had been studying in Bangkok, finally gets sick of all the odd jobs she has and decides to apply for a job at Songkran’s company along with her friend, Marin. Both Ingjun and Marin are accepted as accountants. Songkran made connections between Saeng and Ingjun and came up with a plan on how to get his hands on that piece of land. Songkran begins to woo Ingjun and she falls for him hard and fast. His family is even in on the plan, acting all loving when she visits their home. Soon, she willingly signs over the rights to that piece of land her father had given to her. She was able to come to this decision because of her rocky relationships with her own father. After Songkran obtains proper documents, he leaves her. Ingjun was devastated.
Furious, Ingdao wants to take revenge for her younger sister who tried to commit suicide along with getting their land back. But knowing that Songkran will never fall for her in her current state, she is helped by her best friend Moddaeng and transformed into a gorgeous woman named Daopradub.
Here’s part 2 of 2020 comedy lakorns. I like going back and looking at what was subbed and what wasn’t. I’m always hoping to find some undiscovered gems that weren’t English subbed. By the way, obviously I chose to cover the lakorns that are interesting to me, and not every 2020 comedy lakorn is covered.
This year, I’ve already done 2020 comedy lakorns part 1, historical lakorns andaction lakorns. Last year, I put all the 2019 English subbed lakorns in part 1 and if they were not subbed, but sounded interesting, or different and should be subbed, they were part 2. So you can check out these posts to see what you may have missed out on in 2019. So 2019 action lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 comedy lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 drama lakorns (slap n kiss included) part 1 here, part 2 here. 2019 historical lakorns here.
NOT ENGLISH SUBBED
My Precious Bad Luck (2020) – Clumsy Luckkana has always considered herself unlucky. In the hopes of bettering her life, the deeply superstitious Luckkana often seeks fortune tellers. And she believes them unquestioningly. So when a fortuneteller insists that her ex will change her bad luck, Luckkana is determined to find Chokebordee, her nerdy school love. But the ugly duckling became a swan—or in this case a handsome, smart man. He is so transformed that Luckkana almost doesn’t recognize him. When she does, how will their love story continue? (Source: Collin Hypercuz and bumblethunderbeast at Mydramalist) (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? This has a classic rom comedy plot, so I’m kinda surprised that someone hasn’t subbed it already. The whole ‘ugly duckling turns to swan thing,’ (True Beauty (2020)) the ‘lucky/unlucky plot’ (Count Your Lucky Stars (2020)) both has turned out romantic comedies in Korea and elsewhere. And the teaser looks fun enough, maybe the lack of star power has kept this lakorn from being subbed.
Jor Way Lah Haa Poo Yai (2020) – No synopsis available, but from the teaser it looks like the hero goes back into the past and his modern devices causes all sorts of hilarity!
Reason it’s interesting? This is another time traveling lakorn that is still airing in January. The teaser is pure slapstick, and that’s unusual to have in a time traveling lakorn. Also looks like it might have a bada** female lead, which I like, by the look of the girl in the last part of the teaser. This is a Channel 7 lakorn and it might be interesting if it isn’t too long.
Sapai Rai Sukdina (2020)– No synopsis, but the title is The Daughter In Law so I’m assuming there’s a marriage here and Mom isn’t pleased. Lots of music and comedy in the trailer too. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? Marriage of convenience, comedy, singing. What’s not to like? This is a remake of 2001 lakorn which even had a 2011 sequel so it must have been somewhat popular back in the day. Since it is a Channel 8 lakorn it’s hard to tell if it will ever be English subbed, as Channel 8 lakorns are rarely subbed, and it’s also 38 episodes of 40 min each, so….
I’m finishing up my look back at 2020 this month. Up next is the English subbed comedy lakorns. Again with COVID, selections aren’t as abundant as last year, and I tried to focus on lakorns that are mainly comedy and can’t be put in other categories such as mystery, horror, action or historical genres. Part 2 of 2020 comedy lakorns will be lakorns that should have been English subbed because they sound interesting/weird/different, so expect to see that post coming soon.
This year, I’ve already done 2020 historical lakorns andaction lakorn. Last year, I put all the 2019 English subbed lakorns in part 1 and if they were not subbed, but sounded interesting, or different and should be subbed, they were part 2. So you can check out these posts to see what you may have missed out on in 2019. So 2019 action lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 comedy lakorns part 1 here, part 2 here, 2019 drama lakorns (slap n kiss included) part 1 here, part 2 here. 2019 historical lakorns here.
With over 68 lakorns (according to mydramalist.com) classified as comedy, I had to make some choices. I decided to include the lakorns that had teasers/posters that were primarily comic in nature, and excluded lakorns which might have some comic moments, but also had plenty of drama as well. That said, please don’t expect this to be a complete list of comedies.
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) (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? The coupling of Mik and Min in Sapai Import (2020) has garnered much praise from the international community. You can see their chemistry in the teaser. I also really love marriage lakorns where the couple is married, so this is definitely on my to watch llst.17 episodes at an hour and half seems unnecessary though, so I would expect some filler. Subbed by Muse.
My Husband in Law (2020) – The smart and multi-talented Muey lives with her crush, Thien, for over seven years. During that time her crush deepens into love but Thien only notices her as someone to tease and bully. He is completely oblivious to her feelings. So she resigns herself to loving him from a distance. After all, Thien is smart, wealthy, hard-working and good looking. His only “flaw” is being a bit of a player. Unfortunately that leads to major trouble when he sleeps with the wife of a dangerous mobster. In the aftermath, Thien’s life is in danger. To protect him, Thien’s mother forces him to marry Muey. Muey only agrees for Thien’s safety, but it is also a chance for her to be closer to him.
While Thien reluctantly concedes and marries Muey, he wants to keep the relationship secret. How will their relationship fare when Muey begins working at the same company? Is love even possible for them in these circumstances? (Source: written by Collin Hypercuz and Wander_Queen, and edited by bumblethunderbeast at MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? This was a popular lakorn of 2020 with Mark Prin and Mew Nittha as the stars and being directed by Aew Ampaiporn Jitmaingong (Kleun Cheewit), one of the best lakorn directors in Thailand. But the story was all over the place, from rom comedy to spy thriller and more, without doing enough to really ground the characters in reality and make the love story more romantic and convincing. Subbed by Muse.
My Bubble Tea (2020) – The storyline features a woman who falls for her handsome boss, and so concocts a supernatural bubble tea brew to win his love. In a bitter twist, a man she despises accidentally drinks the tea and falls head over heels for her – giving rise to a hilarious and chaotic love triangle. (Source: KAvenyou) A drama that blends two Asian cultures, taking both Thai humour and Korean romance, to create a new form of entertainment. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? At 13 episodes, 45 mins each, this is one of the shorter lakorns in this category and that’s a good thing. Lakorns often have bloated storylines due to their excessive length and this is short enough to be a cute, fluffy watch. This is on Viu and Muse also has it subbed.
Lakorns With Kids/Babies – I didn’t feel confident enough in these lakorns to want to talk about them at length, as these are probably mediocre lakorns at best. But I did want to mention them as there aren’t that many English subbed comedies to choose from.
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)
The premise is interesting enough and unusual for a lakorn, but some of the reviews wanted to see more romance between the leads. Subbed by Muse.
Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) When Panu’s twin children Oley & Nene want Karaked, a teacher, to be their stepmom, the two start 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: thippy)
Cute kids playing matchmaker? Sign me up… Except that this is 30 episodes of 50 minutes each. That’s a lot of screen time to depend on cute kids to hold my interest. This was subbed by Thippy.
Korean rom comedies remade in Thailand
Chun Cheu Bussaba (2020) Trained by one of the nation’s most prominent chefs, Busaba has dedicated her life to the study of Thai cuisine. A talented chef, she has the skill to become one of the best of the best. But nothing in her life seems to be working out the way it should. At thirty-five, she expected to have a thriving career and the world’s most perfect relationship. Instead, she finds herself suddenly unemployed, and soon after, she catches her boyfriend cheating on her!
On the verge of giving up hope, Busaba crosses paths with Saran, the son of a prominent family, well-known for their successful business ventures. Despite being in a position to take over the family business, Saran has opted to forge his own path in life, opening one of the city’s most popular restaurants. As fate would have it, Saran is currently in need of a chef and Busaba’s skills are exactly what he’s looking for. Agreeing to work for Saran, Busaba’s life seems to be coming back together and she couldn’t be happier. But things get a little more complicated when she realizes she’s fallen for her new boss. Something tells her he might reciprocate her feelings but does she dare to hope when everything else in life has gone so horribly wrong? (Source: Viki
This is a remake of 2005 Korean popular drama My Lovely Sam Soon (2005) and this diverges a little from the source material and is on Viki and Muse.
Unlucky Ploy (2020) – In this remake of the Korean series ‘Another Miss Oh’, a man becomes mired in the lives of two women who happen to share the same name. (Source: Netflix)
A close scene by scene remake of the original, this lakorn is on Netflix USA and on Muse.
Here’s part 2 of 2019 comedy lakorns. I like going back and looking at what was subbed and what wasn’t. I’m always hoping to find some undiscovered gem. By the way, obviously I chose to cover the lakorns that are interesting to me, and not every 2019 comedy lakorn is covered. Part 1 on English subbed comedy lakorns is here.
NOT ENGLISH SUBBED
Madame Baan Na (2019) – Kaopun is a girl who, in order to investigate the case of the murder of a person close to her, changes her personality and agrees to a fake marriage with a diplomat. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? Welllll. There’s the whole marriage thing if you like that kind of thing, but Paparwadee (Pinkploy) Chansamorn also starred in Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang and she did a good job there, so can she pull off comedy?
Tok Kra Dai Hua Jai Ploy Jone (2019) – Roikaew sacrificed her college tuition to get married with the head sheriff because he saved her father’s life from a gang who uses drugs. At the end of their wedding, the gang member interrupted and killed the sheriff. The sheriff’s last wish was for Roikaew to take care of his 2 kids.
Years pass and Cholchat has finished his studies. He became the new sheriff of the town. Coincidentally, Roikaew’s father is the leader of the town so that means Roikaew and Cholchat get to meet each other every day to help their community. Cholchat’s girlfriend Supasi came back from America and came to stay with Cholchat and his worker.
She dislikes Roikaew because they both used to go to the same university but then she would taunt her because she didn’t get to finish school. As Cholchat got to know Roikaew more, he was falling for her and forgetting about Supasi. At the same time, problems erupted in the community as drugs were being used again. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? This is a remake of a 2003 lakorn starring Tik Jesadaporn and Kathaleeya McIntosh and the old version had a good reputation.
Sao Noi Roy Lan View (2019)– Wanjai is a young girl who has the talent to sing, but her mother was against her becoming a singer. One day, a close friend secretly records videos of Wanjai singing and uploads them on youtube – she became an internet idol overnight and received the nickname “Sao Noi Roy Lan View”. Various music labels want to sign with her, including Anawin. He wants to prove himself to his father, who is the owner of a giant luk thung (country) music company. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? Rags to riches tale, young love, music, singing.
Pleng Ruk Pleng Bpeun (2019) -Two guys who grew up in a temple are misunderstood as jailbirds. They come back, then meet a tomboyish girl and a undercover policewoman who disguised herself for an investigation. At first the four are enemies, but later romantic relationships are developed. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? Music plays a part of this lakorn, and comedy, it reminds me of Weir’s lakorn, Poo Bao Indy Yayee Inter (2019). I also think the premise is promising.
Part 1 of 2019 comedy lakorns includes the English subbed lakorns. Part 2 will be lakorns that haven’t been subbed, but I wish they were. As usual, what to include and not include was the hardest part of writing this post.
With over 50 lakorns (according to mydramalist.com) classified as comedy, I had to make some choices. I decided to include the lakorns that had teasers that were primarily comic in nature, and excluded lakorns such as Secret Garden Thai, which might have some comic moments, but also had plenty of drama as well. I also looked at posters. That said, please don’t expect this to be a complete list of comedies.
Thong Ake Mor Yah Tah Chaloang (2019) – A romantic comedy set during the reign of Rama 5 (Chulalongkorn). Thong In is an experienced doctor who has treated many people. He has a grandson named Thong Ake who wants to become a traditional doctor. He also studies ancient Thai medicine. One day, Thong In isolates himself after one of his patients dies and he’s blamed for his death. He doesn’t want Thong Ake to become a doctor and go through the same. Still, Thong Ake is determined to prove himself to his grandfather. Chaba is a tough and fearless girl. She prefers to fight with swords than do household chores. After meeting Thong Ake’s grandfather, she becomes interested in traditional medicine and wants to become a doctor as well. Thong Ake starts teaching her and although they don’t get along at first, they eventually fall in love. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting? At a rating of 8.3 at mydramalist, this is one of the higher ratings for a comedy lakorn. But what’s more unusual is that it is a historical lakorn with a comedy bent. Often, we have horror stories, ghost stories set in the past, but comedy? Subbed by Muse.
Poo Bao Indy Yayee Inter (2019) – Romantic comedy about a rich hi-so girl and a country guy. Because it’s destiny or the mission for the nation that made this Isaan police officer and a unfortunate young miss become rivals by having to pretend to be lovers. Problem arises everyday, but their bond develops every minute. Therefore not only is this mission dangerous, but love is on the line too. (Source: ohsweethaven)
Reason it’s interesting? Weir is here, so that brings it up one notch. The music also pulls me in. I wrote a post about the music here. Subbed by Thippy.
Kaew Klang Dong (2019) – Songpao is a wealthy city guy that likes wildlife and outdoors. He is best friends with Mewadee’s father, who lives in a small village in the forest. One day, Songpao goes into the forest to camp with Mewadee’s father, who ends up being killed by a tiger. Before he dies, he asks Songpao to take his daughter to the city and take care of her. However, things don’t go as planned because Songpao has a fiance named Wan, who is always picking on Mewadee behind his back, and it gets worse when Songpao falls for Mewadee. (Source: MyDramaList)
Reason it’s interesting?Oom Eisaya and Warit Sirisantana make a cute couple and the story has a lot of different elements to it. This was also remade a lot: 1980, 1985, 2000, 2012, 2019. Trailer. Subbed by Thippy.
Mae Mod Jao Sanae (2019) A quirky fashion student becomes the nanny of a handsome widower’s three kids, experiencing a series of silly antics and schemes. (Source: Netflix)
Miss Culinary (2019) “Miss Culinary” reveals the brilliance of a young man who tries to keep his girlfriend by telling delicious stories of his mother’s recipes to win his girlfriend’s heart back. With the story of his mother’s life being sour, sweet, salty, spicy, it tells of a girl who ran away from her hometown in Uthai Thani province to face life in Bangkok in the 70s in order to fulfill her dream of being a chef at a 5-star hotel, along with love. (Source: GMM 25 & Google Translate)
Other Subbed Comedies
Pisard Hansa (2019) Brought to heaven before his time, Prat ends up in the body of Kob, a gay man. Subbed by neko
Por Krua Hua Pa – Louis Scott is the pra’ek who pretends to be poor and romances nang’ek Preem Ranida. Subbed by Thippy
Ruk Jung Aoey (2019) Doctor heads to the countryside. Subbed by Thippy
Currently Being Subbed
Nuay Lub Salub Love (2019) Cop goes undercover as helper to celebrity. Still being subbed by Lakornluv
Sapai TKO – Man hires girl to pretend to be his wife. Subbed by Thippy
Weir Sukollawat’s had a busy year with 2 lakorns released this year already. Now with the release of Yodrak Nakrob (2019) on December 2, he’ll have three lakorns this year. Thippy subbed Poo Bao Indy Yayee Inter recently and this one is on her list to sub as well!
Synopsis: The story is about an Isan singer named Yodrak who ends up taking the place of a marine officer that vanished due to the two looking very similar to one another like as if they were twins. Because of the personality and skills that are different, people starts to suspect him especially his fiance’ who happens to be a doctor for the navy as well. (Source: Thippy)
Weir starred in Pachara Montra and Poo Bao Indy Yayee Inter earlier this year. The latter is rather similar to this one in some ways, it featured Isaan music and comedy too. Weir’s a good actor and I hope he gets roles that reflect that and are more diverse soon. Thisa Limthammahisorn is his co-star here.
We’ll be focusing on comedy this week, taking a look back at 2019 comedies, what was English subbed and what interesting lakorns weren’t English subbed. Thong Ake Mor Yah Tah Chaloang starring Kimberly Voltemas, and Mario Maurer was a romantic comedy with a historical bent. Here’s two mvs from the show that was subbed by Muse.
A romantic comedy set during the reign of Rama 5 (Chulalongkorn). Thong In is an experienced doctor who has treated many people. He has a grandson named Thong Ake who wants to become a traditional doctor. He also studies ancient Thai medicine. One day, Thong In isolates himself after one of his patients dies and he’s blamed for his death. He doesn’t want Thong Ake to become a doctor and go through the same. Still, Thong Ake is determined to prove himself to his grandfather. Chaba is a tough and fearless girl. She prefers to fight with swords than do household chores. After meeting Thong Ake’s grandfather, she becomes interested in traditional medicine and wants to become a doctor as well. Thong Ake starts teaching her and although they don’t get along at first, they eventually fall in love. (Source: MyDramaList)
The first mv showcases the 2nd couple in the lakorn. And the 2nd mv is just a ball of crazy. It’s weird. I don’t know if I like it, but I felt you all deserved to experience the weirdness too 😁. You’re welcome. That chorus of moans is quite something. But this really showcases the main couple well. Enjoy!