TOP THREE: Pong Nawat

Another top three featuring favorite actors, I already did one on Tik and Andrew. I’ll get to the ladies as well, don’t worry. The top three this week will focus on one actor. Instead of focusing on a certain genre like remakes, or genres, today’s top three will focus on one actor: Pong Nawat.

1. Blood & Treasures (2016)Noon Woranuch as Ubon is a force to be reckoned with in this lakorn, but Pong Nawat holds his own as Akkanee very well and makes his character more sympathetic and realistic then you might believe possible.

Blood & Treasures (2016) synopsis: Present Life: Akkanee is an archaeologist who loves antique so much. He already has a lover who is Thipapa, but they are not yet married because it seems like he is waiting for someone. That’s when Sarochinee came into his life. She is a beautiful and mysterious woman. She is a millionaires who also loves antique from the Ayutthaya period. Most importantly, she has a piece of Siraporn, which Akkanee is researching. When Sarochinee appeared, she caused fear in many people around her. Nobody can answer why unnatural deaths occur with people around her. Everybody whoever breaks a promise has to die. Nobody knows why, but everybody feels that Sarochinee is somehow involved. Sarochinee’s arrival brings back the past of Ubon, a woman from Ayutthaya. Karma starts to circle again, until everybody reincarnates, and meets together in this present lifetime. This is just the beginning.

Past Life: Akkanee is a soldier in Ayutthaya’s ending period. He killed Ubon, who is his wife. He sacrificed her to protect the nation’s treasure. Ubon was very angry at Akkanee. Because of his actions, she was cursed for centuries and was not able to reincarnate. The Heavens pitied her and allowed her to find a successor that will take her place. If Ubon can’t find a successor, she won’t be able to reincarnate again and has to remain a protector of the treasure for eternity. For this reason, Ubon came back as Sarochinee. She come to take Akkanee’s life as her next successor. (Source: asianfuse.net)

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2. Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) – I haven’t watched it yet, but this is one of those highly rated lakorns that are on my list. Bromance, action, thriller, crime, romance, this looks to have a little bit of everything. This teaser is pretty intense.

Tawun Thud Burapah (2015) synopsis: Burapa and Tawan are brothers and the sons of a well-known cop. They are very close as brothers. Burapa is into boxing, while Tawan wants to follow in their father’s footsteps to become a cop. One day, they hear a gun shot and go to see what is going on. This way, they witness a murder and when the time comes to point the finger at the killer, Tawan is not hesitant to do the right thing. Burapa knows that the bad guys will not leave their family alone and he begs Tawan not to be a witness. This is how the conflict begins

Source: mydramalist.com

3. Dum Kum. A slightly more recent lakorn of Andrew’s, this lakorn features Aff Taksaorn as Wanida. This is a period lakorn set in the 1940s. I thought this was a light romantic drama that was sweet. It has a marriage of convenience and a cute main couple. Watch it streaming here.

Dum Kum (2009) synopsis: Not wanting to marry Tuthiya, a man who looks down on country folks, Dum paints her body black and pretends to be an uncultured woman to make Tuthiya despise her and break off their arranged marriage. Sure enough, he does. (Source: Viki)

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What are your top 3?

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Historical genre

I took a look at 2019 historical lakorns here. Now here’s an updated look at the historical genre. I included the many lakorns that have a past and present life, as well as time travel lakorns, ghost/horror lakorns and so on. So if you want to see what’s out there, take a look at this list! This is not a complete list by any means, this includes lakorns that are English subbed only.

GHOST👻/HORROR😱

Blood & Treasures or Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Bpee Kaew Nang Hong (2018), Bpoop Phaeh SaniwaatBuang (2012), Buang Athithan (2016)Bangkok Naruemit (2018), Dead Time Stories, Devil Lover/Ploer Jai Hai Nai Pbeesard, A Gift to the People You Hate, Jao Ban Jao Ruen, Jan Euy Jan Jao, Kaen Sanaeha, Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019), Klin Kasalong, Nang Barb, Nang Khaen (2017), Ngao, Oh My Ghost, Pisard Hansa, Plerng Prang Tian (2019, Pom Arthun, Qi Pao, Raak Boon, Raak Boon 2 (2014), Reun Phayom (2017), Roy MaiSarp Phusa (2009), Sleepless Society: Nyctophobia, ThirTEEN Terrors, Wan Sawart, Wiang Roy Dao ~ Home Of A Hundred Stars, Yai Kanlaya

HISTORICAL LAKORNS

Atitha, Bangkok Naruemit, Blood & Treasures, Botan Gleep Sudtai, Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang Athithan (2016), Buang Banjathorn 2017, Chart Suer Pun Mungkorn (2018), Ching Chang, Chumpae (2019), Dung Duang Haruetai, Jao Ban Jao Ruen,  Ka BadinKaen SanaehaKehas See Dang, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013), Khun Seuk, Klin Kasalong, Krong Karm, Luerd Ruk Toranong (2016), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Malai Sarm Chai, Massaya (2000), Massaya, Meuh Dok Rak Ban/When Rak Blooms, Mongkut Saeng Jun, Nakee, Naree Rissaya (2016), Ngao Asoke (1999), Ngao Asoke 2008, Ngao Asoke 2016, Neung Nai Suang 2005, Neung Nai Suang 2015, Nueng Dao Fah Diew, Padiwaradda ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, Plerng Chimplee ~ Flame of Chimplee, Plerng Prang Tian (2019), Prissana, Rak Nakara, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Mai, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan (2014), Sai Lohit (2018), Sa Kao Duen, Sao Noi 2012, Sapai Jao ~ Royal Daughter-In-Law, Sarp Phusa (2009), Sataya Tis Tarn (2019), SilamaneeSroy Saeng Jan, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series (), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Tard Rak, Tawipob, Thong Ake Mor Yah Tah Chaloang, Wanalee, Wanida, Wan Sawart (2015), Wiang Roy Dao ~ Home Of A Hundred Stars

If You Liked Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

Buang (2012)

Buang (2012) – not that similar, but does feature a vengeful ghost, black magic and past and present.

Buang Banjathorn 2017 – Nang’ek travels to past through magic bed, different time period and not focused on politics as much.

Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk – man travels to the future, instead of past.

Tawipob/Tawee Pope – like BPS, nang’ek travels back to past and falls in love.

Wan Sawart (2015) – twins like BPS, but no time traveling, but talks about past life.

PAST LIVES/REINCARNATION

Buang (2012), Jao Ban Jao RuenBlood & Treasures/Pitsawat, Klin Kasalong, Plerng Prang Tian (2019), Roy Mai, Sataya Tis Tarn (2019), Sroy Saeng Jan (2007), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Wan Sawart (2015)

🧡RECOMMENDATIONS🧡

Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat

Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Blood & Treasures or Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013), Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, MassayaNueng Dao Fah Diew (2018), Neung Nai Suang 2005, Neung Nai Suang (2015), Ngao Asoke (1999), Padiwaradda ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, PrissanaSao Noi 2012, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Wanida

TIME TRAVEL🕘

Bpoop Phaeh SaniwaatBuang Banjathorn 2017, Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk, Likit Haeng Jan, Roy Mai, Tae Pang Korn (2005), Tae Pang Korn 2017, Tawipob, Tunnel, Wan Sawart (2015)

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TOP THREE

There are a number of popular Thailand words that are used in lakorn titles over and over again. How many titles do u know with ‘Ruk’ (which means love) in it? Well, another word I often look for in lakorn titles is ‘Jao Sao’, which means ‘bride’. Today we look at the top 3 lakorns with ‘Jao Sao’ in them. And yes, we are continuing our week’s theme of marriage. Why? Because I could. And to help others who love this genre as well find titles to watch.

1. Jao Sao Jum Yorm– Maysarin is a famous socialite who’s engaged to Sarut, but he left her on the day of the wedding. Kadethaen is a 30 year-old real estate businessman who’s waiting for Pinmanee, his bride at the reception of a luxury hotel, but he saw her escape the wedding with another man. Kade walked out to a party at the beach, where he met May, who was still in her wedding dress drinking alone. They started drinking together and people thought they were a couple, so they went along with it and he jokingly proposed to her. Afterwards, they went back to the hotel and spent the night together. In the morning, May regretted what happened and wants to forget about Kade, but he’s not going to give up on her. (Source: MyDramaList)

2. Jao Sao Chang Yon – Meena is a stubborn girl and a talented auto mechanic. Phuphat is the heir of a company engaged in the production of auto parts. His father arranges a marriage between Phuphat and Meena, in hopes she will be able to heal his heart that was hurt in the past and return his interest in life. Everything seems to be going well, but suddenly his ex returns and Phuphat’s younger brother begins to show interest in Meena. (Source: MyDramaList)

3. Jao Sao Ban Rai (2006). After her parent’s death,Pimpika (Namfon P) goes to live with her grandfather and her brother (Ravy) in the countryside and met Saran (Por T), the lord of this place.Unfortunately, her grand father died and Ravy sold her to a rich man Tynamay who wants to own her. Credit to Asianfuse.net.

Other English subbed lakorns starting with Jao Sao: 1. Jao Sao Rim Tang 2. Jao Sao Salatan 3. Jao Sao Prissana 4. Jao Sao Chapor Kit 5. Jao Sao Gae Kat (being subbed now) 6. Kor Pen Jaosao Suk Krung Hai Cheun Jai 

What are your top 3?

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Drama Matchup: Marriage Lakorns part 3

Our last part in this drama matchup is one of the best matches I’ve made, scout’s honor! Let’s just call this a royal match! Switched brides, arranged marriage, young love. But there is actually a very clear message that the drama is trying to convey. Curious? Read on!

2006 Korean drama Goong or Princess Hours, holds a special place in my heart. I loved the story about a young couple in an arranged marriage who fall in love with each other. If you want to watch a lakorn with the same premise, Roy Marn (2011) is the closest to it (er, outside of the Thailand version of Goong, Princess Hours which I’m trying to forget ever happened🤣.). No royalty in Roy Marn, but they do have interfering exes and lots of sweet moments together.

Roy Marn (2011). Boy Pakorn and Margie Rasri work surprisingly well together as a couple here. And like Goong, there are some boring parts here related to the family’s history. Both Goong and Roy Marn really make a point about how the past affects the future, and that the choices that people made years ago can come back to haunt them. I didn’t find them boring, but some might not care for all the flashbacks.

In both dramas, there are references to a love in the past that directly affects the characters in the present time. Also in both dramas? The male love interest has had a love relationship with another girl and that relationship comes back to haunt him in the present. Watch Roy Marn streaming here.

Roy Marn (2011) 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.

Source: mydramalist

What are your drama matches?

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Drama Matchup: Marriage Lakorns part 2

Part 1 is here, where I made an improbable drama match between Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and Manee Yard Fah. Now, we’re continuing to pick one lakorn that can be compared to a drama from another country based on similarities in premise. Enjoy!

You’re My Destiny (2008)

The 2008 Taiwanese drama, You’re My Destiny (2008) was a smash hit, spawning Korean and Thailand remakes. The plot of the story, about a couple who have an unplanned one night stand that results in a pregnancy, is very similar to Thailand’s Oum Ruk. One big difference? The heroine of You’re My Destiny is a weakling, though she does improve throughout the drama. If you want to watch a drama with a stronger heroine and hero, but also has a surprise pregnancy, look no further than Oum Ruk.

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, rumor has it that Chen is currently dating Jasmin, one of Napat’s biggest rivals in the modeling industry.

Source: mydramalist.com

2. Oum Ruk (2006) – Anne Thongprasom and
Ken Theeradeth
are the leading couple in this romantic comedy, and Anne as Napat is a smart and stubborn young woman who has her own ideas. Ken as Chen, meanwhile, really matures and becomes the perfect dad. You can watch it here. Download it here with English subs.

What are your drama matches?

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Drama Matchup: Marriage Lakorns part 1

I’ve labeled this blog Lakorn View because I wanted to talk about more than lakorns here. And for the drama matchup this week, I’m focusing on marriage, but will also be comparing lakorns to other dramas with similar plots or stories.

2018 was a breakthrough year for me in terms of Chinese historical dramas. For the very first time, I watched one, Lost Love in Times and enjoyed it so much, I went on to find my next fix, which turned out to be the highly touted Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (TMPB for short). I loved the epic romance, the wonderful characters, the tragedy and the depth of the romance. Their love story seemed bigger and larger than the drama itself, iconic.

What makes a love story epic in nature though? This is just my thinking, but I think of epic love stories as ones that have characters that are perfect for each other, have their own distinct moments that stand out, a story rich in conflict, and that they come together after having experienced hardships, tragedy or something else that prevents them from coming together. TMPB definitely fits. But what lakorn could compare?

Manee Yard Fah (2000) synopsis: Princess Areeya was kidnapped, and managing to escape her captors, made it to a small island where she met a solider who helped her with the bad guys. The princess and the solider fought with each other constantly as she was spoiled and used to getting her way, and he laughed at her when she said she was a princess. But still, somehow, for some reason, each night, they fell asleep in each other’s arms. After making it off the island, the Princess found she had to go undercover as the solider’s wife to keep safe.

Source: mydramalist.com

1. Manee Yard Fah (2000) Anne Thongprasom is wonderful here as the princess and Willie McIntosh is believable as the solider who must marry her. Manee Yard Fah has the same epic feel of TMPB because the princess has another life to get back to, and she must do her duty to her kingdom. There are valid reasons why they can’t be together, and the lakorn is full of intimate moments where they create their own love story. Watch below how they set up their story, based on a tale of a crane and a farmer.

And because it is their story, they refer back to it again. There are kisses and a parting. TMPB is better overall in terms of plotting, better characters, some gorgeous scenery, while Manee Yard Fah had some unfunny comedy bits and problems with pacing in the middle, so it’s not perfect. But the love story, the love story is near perfection. You can watch it here or download it here.

What are your drama matches?

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TOP THREE

The top three this week will be a little different. Instead of focusing on a certain genre like remakes, or genres, today’s top three will focus on one actor: Andrew Gregson.

Born on September 1, 1978, Andrew Gregson is one of those natural actors who makes his acting seem effortless at times. Since he’s at Channel 3 too, I wondered if he and Ken Theeradeth competed for roles, as they’re of similar ages. Andrew is at his best at roles where he’s light hearted, flirty and at comedy. But he can also really tug at the heartstrings in his dramatic roles, as I found out from watching 12 Rasee (2003). He doesn’t have the high profile other actors have and seems to avoid the limelight for the most part, going years without any new lakorn being released. I’m glad he’s working regularly now, and I look forward to seeing him in Voice 2019.

Here’s a fan mv to Andrew Gregson. Credit: AndrewGregsonFC

1. Ruen Mai See Beige (2004) This stars a young Andrew Gregson (Arm) and Cherry Khemapsorn is his sweet wife Mook. This looks like a more realistic and less dramatic take on married life then you’ll find in most lakorns. You can watch it here.

Ruen Mai See Beige (2004) synopsis: Follows the love story of Arm and Mook starting from their university years until they are married and have a child. The lakorn is narrated by personal journals written by both Arm and Mook about the trial and tribulations of their relationship.

Source: mydramalist

2. Tang Parn Kammathep (2001) – This lakorn is probably one of Andrew Gregson’s most well known roles to his international fans. It’s a slap and kiss that features a kidnapping, a remote island and lots of bickering! What’s not to love? I haven’t actually watched this, I’ve managed to watch some of his more obscure roles 😅, but not this, but if you’re interested, you can watch it here. Download it here with English subs.

Tang Parn Kammathep (2001) synopsis: Pope and Pat literally run into each other when they first meet. On the day Pope returns from overseas, he angers a taxi driver because he cannot remember where his step mother and half sister live. As they fight, Pope is pushed into the path of Pat’s car. Believing that she has hit him, and feeling guilty, Pat takes Pope to the hospital and helps him find his way home. Pope israther impressed by her trusting nature and insistence to help even a stranger. He already starts to like her. However, both part ways not asking each other’s name.

Pope’s step mom, half sister, and niece live on their own, a separate household from his father. Upon his return home, he learns from his half sister that his father is to wed another, much younger woman. Remembering how his step mom used to care for him in place of this father, Pope vows to stop the marriage. It turns out, however, that the much younger woman is Pat’s older sister, Pim. Pim has abruptly left her boyfriend, Arton, who happens to also be Pope’s friend, for Pope’s rich father. While consoling Arton, Pope learns of Pim. Feeling guilty for what her sister has done, Pat also visits Arton. Pope sees the couple together and assumes she is Pim.

And so, on the day of the wedding Pope puts his plan into motion. He sends a message for the bride to meet him in the parking lot. Pim makes Pat go in her place. Believing Pat to be Pim, he kidnaps her. Though Pat tries to tell him who she actually is, he refuses to believe her. He takes her to a remote island, and the two are forced to live together. Although Pope wants to hate her, he can’t completely, and resorts to making her do manual labor. The two move from arguing to actually caring for one another when the other is ill.

Source: mydramalist.com

3. Muean Khon La Fark Fah (2017). A more recent lakorn of Andrew’s, this lakorn features Matt Peeranee as Yothaka. Perfect role for Matt, but Andrew as the conservative Chatcharun, I don’t know about that. I think Andrew does better in more quirky roles. Watch it streaming here.

Muean Khon La Fark Fah (2017) synopsis: When Yothaka’s mother marries Chatcharun’s rich father, Chatcharun is not happy. He believes that her and her mother are both gold diggers. Also, Yothaka has just returned from abroad and has a care-free “western” attitude. She is a rebel at heart, while Chatcharun is conservative. Along with believing she is a gold-digger, he also thinks she is “easy”. She encourages that misconception just to annoy him. He harasses, she teases. They bicker. A lot. ~ A remake of the 1995 drama.

Source: mydramalist

What are your top 3?

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TOP THREE

More remake recommendations. I know I already did a post on Thailand remakes of foreign dramas/movies here, but Thailand also remakes a lot of their own series routinely, so there’s almost always 2 or more remakes on air. So this time I’m focusing on remakes of older lakorns. Some spoilers ahead!

1. ROY MARN 2011Boy Pakorn (Mark) and Margie Rasri (Bee) make such a cute couple. Margie plays a replacement bride who must marry Mark to settle her uncle’s debt. I don’t mind remakes if they improve upon the original, especially the flaws and keep the best parts, and from what I’ve learned, one of the things this 2011 version of Roy Marn changed was to make a rape scene into a ‘willing’ scene, which is the major improvement. There are a lot of flashbacks in the first episodes, so it takes a while to get to the slow burning romance, but it’s worth it. There is definitely a Romeo and Juliet feel to the lakorn, and moments of great romance and drama. Watch it here.

2. Roy Leh Sanae Rai 2015 – For those who don’t know, this lakorn is about a guy who finds out his father left half his fortune to girl, the daughter of a woman his father loved. So the pra’ek decides to get it back by marrying the girl, but of course, he really falls in love.

I’ve watched both versions of Roy Leh Sanae Rai and love them both, but I had to make a choice. Tik or Push? How can you choose between hot vs hot? I also loved Aom in the 2004 version, but 2015 version of Roy Leh Sanae Rai is simply more passionate. The chemistry between the pair work. I also liked that they changed the 2015’s version by changing the relationship between the 2nd male lead, who loved the nang’ek of course and having him develop a relationship with the nang’ek’s friend. This is a slap and kiss lakorn, just to warn those who may wish to watch it, and has the usual slap and kiss tropes, including rape. Download here.

3. Mia Taeng. The 2nd remake of Mia Taeng starred Rome Patchata and Chompoo Araya as a couple who marry due to reasons apart from love who grow to love each other. This is more of a guilty pleasure then anything else, but several things work here. H has a girlfriend and continues with her even when married, but h has 2 suitors who would be eager to take her off his hands, so he’s always chasing them off jealously. The nang’ek is smart and makes up for the pra-ek’s stupidity. In older versions, apparently there was a rape, but they changed that in this version. Download it here or watch it streaming here.

What are your top 3?

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Top Three Genres – Sports and more

Last week, I talked about the top three genres that lakorns excel at. I’m taking a different route today. What are some rare or unusual lakorn genres? Want to find out? Read on!

In another top three post I did before, I talked about how I think lakorns are often seen as not as well made or as good as other Asian dramas like dramas from Korea, Japan or China. I think one of the things these countries do so well is have a broader range of genres in their tv shows. Korea has some great sports dramas, Japan is famous (and rightly so) for their workplace doramas, but their food doramas are respected as well, and China has a growing number of detective dramas.

Lakorns could use more diversification in plots and I think that would lead to better lakorns in general. But what genres? Well, recently, youth and school dramas have been doing well, so no need to worry there, and I think sci fi (or science fiction) shows require a level of computer graphics (and funding, like think $1+ million for each show in Star Trek series) that Thailand may not be able to afford. And politics? Well, that really is a whole other topic. So what could genres would work?

DECTECTIVE

12 Rasee synopsis: A serial killer is on the loose. Police officer Jeng and his new rookie female partner are put on the case, but they always seem to be a step or two behind. The deeper they get into the case, the more dangerous it becomes for the people close to them. Will Jeng be able to stop the serial killer before falling deep into madness himself? Andrew Gregson’s portrayal of Jeng won him an award for best actor.

  1. DETECTIVE – There are a lot of lakorns featuring police, usually with the male lead being a cop like in Nang Rai Sai Lab (2013), but in most lakorns, there is no serious attempt to look at the way the police work or solve cases. The 2003 lakorn, 12 Rasee, was one of the few attempts I’ve seen to actually focus more on the detectives then romance or comedy. It was flawed, tragic, but memorable and compelling at times. And if you’re an Andrew Gregson fan, it’s a must watch. There is so much more they can do with this genre, and it wouldn’t cost much more money then a regular lakorn, plus they can incorporate other top lakorn genres within it, like action and romance. Win, win! 12 Rasee can be found here.

MEDICAL

Khun Chai Puttipat

Khun Chai Puttipat synopsis: Khunchai Puttipat… a young doctor with his love without any distinction. His mother was the daughter of a rich Chinese merchant. The handsome doctor must forget all the rules that he had followed his entire life when he met a commoner woman who holds the title of “Miss Sri Siam.” He uses his own heart and decides to rescue her from becoming a powerful General’s concubine. Thus, it was led to a fake marriage where the two will hide their hearts simply because neither understand the feelings. But in the end, this young noble will discover that this commoner girl is more precious than any diamonds and gems in the world.

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2. MEDICAL – People are always ending up in the hospital in lakorns, so I have no idea why there aren’t more lakorns based on the medical profession. We have the doctor in Khun Chai Puttipat, nurses here and there, like 2018’s Prom Mai Dai Likit, but the focus is usually on their love lives, not the hospital. I think this is a genre that Thailand can do well, they have doctors, nurses and are at hospitals anyway half the time 😁! Khun Chai Puttipat can be found on youtube.

SPORTS

Project S The Series: SPIKE (2017) synopsis: Theppanya High School has an underdog volleyball team that reached the final round of Thailand’s biggest competition last year, but eventually lost to old champion St. Sebastian High. From the disappointment, the team makes a promise to return and win this year. However, Singha, the ace of the team, left for St. Sebastian, making Puen, the new captain of the team, very angry and even more determined to win the championship. The new coach Win then finds a replacement in freshman Than, but the guy has troubles of his own.

3. SPORTS Koreans are very much involved in soccer, Japan has every kind of sport known to mankind (at least I think so based on the variety of their doramas) and China has …uh, basketball, soccer? What sport do Thailand fans enjoy? Well, if I picked based on movies it would be Muay Thai boxing, right? Are there any lakorns that feature Muay Thai and if not, why not? I think there could be a number of different lakorns that could be made based on this genre. Project S The Series: SPIKE (2017) was the top rated lakorn I could find in the sports genre on mydramalist and is on youtube.

Those are my picks for lakorn genres I would like to see more of. What are yours? Let us know in the comment section.

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Top Three Lakorn Genres

This continues to be beginner’s week, so I’m targeting this to lakorn newbies, but I wanted to address the top three genres that lakorns excel at. What are the top three genres in lakornland?

I think lakorns are often seen as not as well made or good as other Asian dramas like dramas from Korea or Japan or even China. It’s true that Thailand dramas are very much lacking in the special effects department, they don’t have the big budget that some Korean dramas have, and computer graphics, well, like China, it is a growing industry. And well, don’t get me started on the fact that most lakorns are from novels, or are remakes from previous novels, not original scripts unlike with some Korean dramas.

But there are some genres that lakorns excel at, even with the limitations of budget, and script, lakorns still have great actors and actresses like Anne Thongprasom, Ken Theeradeth, skilled directors such as Aew Ampaiporn and compelling stories that will endure.

ROMANCE

Kleun Cheewit synopsis: Mark Prin is Sathit, a young lawyer, grieving the death of his beloved fiancee from a car accident. The owner of the car who killed his fiancee is superstar actress and model Jeerawat, played by Yaya Urassaya. Sathit blames Jeerawat for the accident and tries to do everything in his power to bring her to justice. What will happen next and how will hate grow to be love? Well, you gotta watch it.

  1. Romance – Of course. I am biased, but I think lakorns have some of the best romantic stories out there for several reasons. In some dramas, the romance is skipped over or addressed briefly, but in lakorns, the characters, the plot, the music all serve to further the relationship. Look at the love story of Kleun Cheewit, about a young man who tries to get revenge on the nang’ek who he thinks killed his fiancee. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it works very well. Oh, there are so many good moments, how she tries to save him, how they look at each other and touch. But the best moment, or one of them for me came when they just address some anxiety that our nang’ek is having over the pra’ek leaving to confront the villain (see video below, skip to 6:52).

Maybe because of the focus on romance, I think lakorns linger more on small moments like that that really resonate with me and viewers. That’s not true of every lakorn of course, and there are some wonderfully romantic kdramas as well (That Winter, the Wind Blows, Goong) and cdramas (Eternal Love), I just think lakorns more often have great romantic stories and couples.

HORROR

Pidsawat synopsis: Akkanee is an archaeologist who meets Sarochinee, a beautiful and mysterious woman whom strange things occur around. He is fascinated by her, as well as fearful, as unnatural deaths start cropping up. It all seems to have something to do with the past, and relics of the past that Akkanee found. What is the connection between Sarochinee and Akkanee? Why is Sarochinee out for revenge?

2. HORROR – Thailand has some well known horror films so it’s not surprising that they also have a lot of horror lakorns, usually they have some romance in them. There are kdramas out there as well that focus on horror, but what I’ve notice about lakorns are they are usually based on ghost stories, with a focus on past lives/reincarnation. Pidsawat is a good example of a lakorn with a focus on past lives. I’m not a big horror lakorn fan, (I’m somewhat challenged in the bravery department😜) but I thought Pidsawat did a great job of being creepy and spooky. It also has strong messages about how and if you can redeem yourself from past mistakes, as well as being well acted and directed.

A little heads up for my readers, I will be talking about rape in the next section, so please skip the following section if you need to.

SLAP AND KISS

Sawan Biang synopsis: Kawee finds that his new stepmom is Leela, a woman near his age whom had previously stalked Kawee and confessed her love to him. After Kawee’s cruel rejection of her, Leela vows revenge and finds it in marrying Kawee’s father. Leela and her family, including her feisty younger sister Narin, move into his father’s home. Kawee tries to get back at Leela after she gets him in trouble and targets Narin, who tries to stand up for her sister and against him.

3. Slap AnD kiss lakorns are so well known that they are sometimes considered synonymous with lakorns. Yes, I’ve read a number of comments before about ‘all lakorns have rape in them’ or ‘all lakorns are slap and kiss’ and both those statements simply aren’t true. Slap and kiss lakorns refer to a certain genre of lakorn that contains slapping and kisses and yes, usually rape. But for lakorns outside of this genre, they are unlikely to contain these elements.

So I don’t think I can not not talk about this genre. Sawan Biang (2008) remains one of the most talked about and popular lakorns of the genre. Starring that fab couple I talked about before Anne Thongprasom, Ken Theeradeth and directed by Aew Ampaiporn, this lakorn set a gold standard in acting, directing and music.

Sawan Biang was like my 2nd or 3rd lakorn and I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was riveted. The main reason why? Ken. Kawee is a selfish, abusive, violent rapist, but Ken playing Kawee convinced me Kawee was also sweet, passionate, vulnerable, troubled, charming. It also helps that the immature Kawee grows to become a better person. I think another reason why I like Sawan Biang is because Narin is a fighter and doesn’t take Kawee’s crap. Played by Anne, she is resourceful, strong and tough.

None of this excuses his behavior though, but I’m simply trying to explain why a character and lakorn who does such evil acts like rape, and where such acts are in can be… admired. Liked? What is the right word? Is there one? I have no idea. I do want to delve more into this topic at a later date though.

Do you agree with my top three lakorn genres? What other genres do lakorns excel at? Let us know in the comment section.

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