Deep Dive Into Lakorns: Mystery/Thriller

You know how you watch one drama, really like it, so you try to find similar dramas to it? Yep, that’s me in a nutshell. So I’ve been on a thriller/mystery kick since February really, and thus I don’t really have much to write about since I do try to focus mostly on lakorns and there’s really not a lot of lakorns in that genre. So I found myself at a loss of things to write about. I mean, there are still lakorns I need to finish, but… the heart wants what the heart wants and now I want to watch mystery/detective/thriller dramas.

So I’ve decided to do another deep dive into lakorns. If you didn’t catch my first dives, I looked into lakorns here (in particular romance) and here I took a deep dive into the world of slap and kiss lakorns. But what does that mean, a deep dive? Well, it means looking into lakorns as a genre and finding statistical evidence to either prove or disprove common assumptions/questions about them.

So I’ve had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have about mystery/thriller genre.

  • Are there many detective lakorns, ones set in a police station that is? What about mystery or thriller lakorns?
  • What percentage of mystery lakorns are there overall?
  • How does that compare to other countries?
  • Has this genre grown or decreased in recent years?

Methodology: I’ve found that you can get slightly different numbers based on how you sort when you search so I decided to just use the results that I got when I sorted by release date. This data is what I got when I wrote this post, so it may differ if you try to get the same results later on. And English subbed lakorns are more likely to have better and more accurate tags then non subbed lakorns, and the same thing is true of newer lakorns vs. older lakorns, so please keep in mind this is by no means completely accurate and true, but hopefully it is accurate enough to let us derive some assumptions from the data.

112 lakorns were classified as mystery/thriller genre. 11 lakorns were classified as ‘detective’ and 27 lakorns were also ‘investigation.’ Naturally, a lot of the lakorns are classified as more than one genre. Voice 2019 for example, genres are listed as mystery, thriller, detective and investigation. But I suspect there are many more lakorns that have cops/detectives in them and should feature one of those four genres, but because they’ve not been subbed, and/or there is no synopsis, the lakorns are just classified under ‘action.’

Take for example this 2017 lakorn, Diamond Eyes (2017) starring Chahkrit Yamnam. (Isn’t this a wonderful poster?)

Diamond Eyes (2017) synopsis: The series follows Police Captain Petch Phumthai’s story. He was attacked and lost his left eye. Luckily, someone donated an eye, but to his surprise, it was a special eye that can see ghosts. He uses it to solve police investigations and prove cases.

Source: mydramalist.com

Only ‘action,’ ‘horror’, and ‘crime’ are listed as genres, but ‘investigation’ genre definitely fits and ‘mystery’ or ‘thriller’ as well probably. And of course, that’s not the only example. Just a casual look at the 480 lakorns that are listed under the ‘action’ genre reveal that Mue Prab Khao Saan Sek (2020) should be classified as ‘detective’ and Lah Dup Tawan (2016) could also have more genres added as well. All of this is just to say that while these numbers are not accurate, hopefully they can still help us get some idea of what the mystery/etc. genres look like in lakornland.

OTHER COUNTRIES

Of the 11 detective lakorns, two are remakes of Korean dramas, lol. There’s a reason for that. Korea has some great dramas, in fact 58 ‘detective’ dramas according to mydramalist. But Japan far exceeds that number with 270 ‘detective’ doramas, and much to my surprise, China isn’t far behind, 130 dramas.

Police Jub Kamoi (1996) Two cops chase a psychotic criminal, who escaped from prison. – This synopsis reminds me of many other cop shows like The Good Detective (2020), which started me on my recent craving for detective dramas.

If we search for ‘thriller,’ there are 77 Chinese dramas, 94 Japanese doramas and 173 Korean dramas. If we include ‘mystery,’ well, those numbers go up even more. But going back to the ‘detective’ genre, Korea has detective dramas from 1989. Japan has them from 1957?!!!!! Daiyaru 110-ban was supposed to be inspired by US tv show Dragnet, and had 364 episodes! 😲 China had shows starting in the late 1990’s. When we compare that to Thailand, they started detective shows around that time too, the late 1990’s to early 2000. So compared to Korea and Japan definitely, Thailand was a little late in introducing ‘detective’ shows, look at this cop show from 1996, Police Jub Kamoi (1996).

More Mystery/Thrillers?

So is there a growth in mystery/thrillers/detective genre in Thailand? My first guess would be yes there is, with the more cable/digital channels like True4u, GMM25 and so on, there are more opportunities to have more diverse programming since there are more channels to watch from.

But let’s look at the actual data. Going back to that small number of 11 ‘detective’ lakorns, 4 of them (2 are Korean remakes) are from 2019, The Seer, Bangkok Vampire, Tunnel, and Voice. Out of 110 lakorns, 10 of them came from 2020, 7 from 2019, 11 from 2018. If we looked back at 2010, only 1 lakorn counted as a mystery, Leum Prai Lai Ruk which seems too low since 2009 has 4 lakorns, 2008 has 4 as well and 2007 has 2. What does this mean? There does seem to be an increase in the mystery genre, so hurray!

What I’m Watching/Watched

So it all started with The Good Detective (2020), which I started in 2020, but really got into in February 2021. I loved the bromance between the leads and how the characters grew stronger, even if some of the female leads got on my last nerve. After that, I looked for more detective dramas and hit upon 365: Repeat the Year, oh my gosh. Twist upon twist, with likeable characters, this drama went by so fast for me, so of course I looked for more.

Looking to Netlfix for convenience’s sake, I found Voice 2 (2018) which I enjoyed, but spoiler alert, it ends on a cliffhanger really. You have to watch the sequel. Which, wasn’t on Netflix. So instead, I saw they had Thailand Voice (2019) and now I’m currently watching that. I’m also watching and loving Memorist (2020). I really like the leads’ focus on their work, and how much they care about other people. I encourage people to check them out if they’re in the mood for something different, give it a chance!

What are some other questions you think we should address?

Deep Dive Part 2 – Slap and Kiss

I’ve decided to do another deep dive into lakorns. What does that mean? Using mydramalist’s tags, I try to find answers to common questions I or others have about lakorns. Part 1 focused on marriage. Part 2 will look at the slap and kiss genre of lakorns.

But before we start, it’s probably a good idea to talk about what is a slap and kiss lakorn? Well, here are some views from around the web.

… it is about a love-hate relationship (mostly revenge-oriented) in which couples bicker, fight, argue, and then end up kissing or having sex (I would rather call it being raped because the woman is usually being forced by the guy).

Credit: Ceki from mydramalist.com

When a male and female character spend a lot of time bickering, it is all but inevitable that sooner or later he will interrupt her in mid-rant by suddenly grabbing her and kissing her. … Usually this is triggered by their hostilities reaching a climax that results in an exchange of slaps, followed by a moment where both stare at each other in combined confusion and shock, after which they dive into the kiss.

Credit: Tv tropes

It’s usually revenge/hate oriented. Utterly violent and can be considered unethical. This genre is not for the faint of the heart, it can make you repulsive to lakorns because all of them contain rape or attempt to rape.

Credit: Cheer from mydramalist.com

A genre that is not for the faint of heart, as it usually contains rape, attempted rape, and mental abuses. Unethical behavior and the fact the the nang’ek can fall in love with the pra’ek in the end despite the abuse, may deter some from watching. Violence in one form or another is always included.

Credit: Amino

For the purposes of this post, I’ll describe slap and kiss lakorns as the following:

  • an adversarial relationship between the main couple that usually has slaps followed by kisses or vice versa.
  • violence occurs in the lakorn, usually with slaps, but also includes rape and/or attempted rape a lot of times.
  • this relationship is the main focus of the lakorn and often, if not always, ends in a happy ending (let’s pretend shall we 😉?) for the main couple.

So I’ve always had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have and ones I’ve heard from Internet.

  • Are there are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns? That wasn’t my assumption, but a lot of people seemed to feel that way. So I asked the question. Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns each year?
  • I’ve also assumed that the majority of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes based on older books and novels when rape and such was seen in a different light. Is this assumption correct or false based on facts?
  • Are slap and kiss lakorns the most popular lakorns?

Methodology: Inspired by this article, I wanted to see if I could use the wonderful search engine at mydramalist as well. I decided to proceed as follows. First, I would use three years of data and the most recent years because I assumed that most people would be more familiar with and have seen the more recent lakorns as opposed to older ones, so they are more likely to have tags. Undoubtedly, English subbed lakorns would have been seen by more people, so they would have better and more accurate tags. There’s little I can do about inaccurate data outside of seeing every lakorn made myself, 🤣, so I decided to just plow forward. By the way, I started looking into this in September 2019, so by now these statistics may be outdated as people add genres, tags and so on.

Something to point out. Because I am using the mydramalist database, how or if things are tagged depends mostly on the users. So obviously things can lack tags, or be wrongly tagged. So please note any statistics I come up with definitely has a margin of error.

In 2016 – 174 lakorns were released. 2017, 193 lakorns. Lastly, in 2018 – 182 lakorns.

2016 LAKORNS

Raeng Tawan

2016 – 174 lakorns, 7 lakorns were tagged slap and kiss (or 4.0%), including, Kon La Kop Fah (remake of 1987 lakorn), Raeng Tawan, U-Prince The Series: The Handsome Cowboy, The Fire Series: Fai Ruk Game Rorn, The Fire Series 2: Talay Fai, Buang Rak Salak Kaen, Mon Rak Asun (remake of 1989). Of those, rape was in Buang Rak Salak Kaen, Mon Rak Asun and U-Prince The Series: The Handsome Cowboy had attempted sexual assaults. 2016’s Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised was a remake of Samee Ngern Phon, which did have rape in it and was considered a slap n kiss, but the 2016 version was toned down, so I am not counting it here. Naree Rissaya (2016) had rape in it, but I can’t tell if it would be considered a slap and kiss lakorn. Finally, I don’t understand the algorithm behind the ‘most popular’ rankings on mydramalist.com, but only one of these lakorns broke the top 20 and that was The Handsome Cowboy at #5 . If I look at top rated, only Raeng Tawan is in the top 20 at 7.7 rating.

2017 Lakorns

2017 – 193 lakorns, slap and kiss played a part in 7 of them (3.6%). Kleun Cheewit (remake of 1983 lakorn), Game Payabaht (remake I think), Barb Rak Ta Lay Fun, Ra Rerng Fai (remake of 2000 lakorn), Rak Rai, Lying Heart, and Plerng Rak Fai Marn. One of them is classified as having rape in it, Game Payabaht. There were other lakorns that had rape in them like Lah, but I did not count them as they weren’t subbed, or wasn’t considered part of a ‘hea’ relationship. Kleun Cheewit contained a sexual assault and both it and Ra Rerng Fai were in the 20 top rated lakorns of the year, with Kluen Cheewit also making it into the top 20 lakorns in popularity as well.

2018 Lakorns

2018 – Two slap and kiss lakorns out of 182 lakorns (1.0%), Jao Sao Jum Yorm and Panthakan Rak. Attempted sexual assaults in Por Pla Lai (2018), Nakark Kaew and Songkram Nak Pun (2018). At 8.0 rating, Jao Sao Jum Yorm and Panthatkan Rak (7.7 rating) both made it into the top rated lakorns of 2018 and Jao Sao Jum Yorm was also in the top 20 in terms of popularity too.

Back to 2006, 2007, 2008

I didn’t really want to go back too far, because the amount of info on recent lakorns is bound to be greater, but I did do a quick look at several other years to see how many were classified as ‘slap and kiss’. 2006, 5 lakorns Lhong Ngao Jun, Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (these two had remakes in 2019). Also in 2006, Roy Adeed Hang Ruk, Duang Jai Patiharn, Kon Rak Game Payabaht. In 2007, there were 3 slap and kiss lakorns, Rahut Rissaya, Hua Jai Sila (remake in 2019) and Likit Kammathep. 2008 – 4 results – Jam Loey Rak, Sawan Biang, Suparb Burut Satan (which got a remake in (2015) and Dao Puen Din (2008).

Conclusions

What does this mean? Well, let’s look back at the questions. Are there are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns? Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns each year? The answer to that is no. Slap and kiss lakorns are a very small percentage of lakorns released each year, between 1 to 4%. Even if we account for a margin of error, it’s hard to see it being over 10%. However, I believe 10 years ago or so, there were less lakorns released every year, so slap and kiss lakorns could have made up a larger portion. Take for example, 2006, with 5 slap and kiss lakorns out of only 59 lakorns released. That would be a percentage of 8.4%. Still under 10%. So no, slap and kiss lakorns make up less than ~10% of lakorns released each year. HOWEVER, they do seem to always get subbed more frequently. Maybe that is what plays into the idea that there are a lot of them.

I’ve also assumed that the majority of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes based on older books and novels when rape and such was seen in a different light. Is this assumption correct or false based on facts? Well, of the 3 years, we had 16 slap and kiss lakorns, 5 of those being remakes. That would be 31% of them are remakes. Let’s look back at 2006, 2007, 2008. There were 12 slap and kiss lakorns, 5 of which had remakes. That’s 41%. So we’re looking at least a third of slap and kiss lakorns are remakes. In 2019, that was 100% with Hua Jai Sila, Lhong Ngao Jun, and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang.

The last question I wanted to answer, Are slap and kiss lakorns the most popular lakorns? Well, according to this site, I would say no, since like only one slap and kiss is usually in the top 20 each year in terms of popularity. But again, slap and kiss lakorns are usually subbed, unlike historical or musical genres. So I don’t think I can do a good job answering this question by just using this site.

Final thoughts: Well, the next time someone says something about the slap and kiss genre that’s wrong, you can refute them with this info. But seriously, I think the popularity of slap and kiss lakorns is based on more than just kisses and slaps. It can invoke strong feelings, one way or another and that isn’t something that is quantifiable.

What are some other questions you think we should address?

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

Back to School

We are still working on learning lakorn terms here at Lakorn View. I wrote a post about common words in lakorns like Pra’ek and Nang’ek. In this post, we’ll go more into details and give examples of these three common Thai words about lakorns: nang’rai, pra’rong and koo jin.

Common Lakorn Terms

I will again be using the lakorn Princess Hours Thai to explain the terms in detail because the poster itself does a great job of explaining the relationships involved. The lakorn is based off the kdrama Goong, which you may or may not be familiar with.

Princess Hours Thai

Nang’rai – the 2nd female lead, but usually she’s the villain of the lakorn. If you check out the poster above, can you spot the female looking like she can’t be bothered? Yes, that’s her, the long haired brunette on the right, our nang’rai of Princess Hours Thai. And like so many other nang’rais (not sure about plural nang’rai), this nang’rai wants our pra’ek for herself, the handsome, rich guy next to her. But unfortunately, our pra’ek is captivated or will be captivated by our spunky heroine. Well, who wouldn’t be? (Also wondering why is it that so often the 2nd female lead is prettier then the female lead? I guess because the nang’ek is supposed to be just a common girl, anyone can be. But I digress.)

If the 2nd female lead isn’t the villain of the piece, then she will be a friend of the female lead usually and have a romance with the 2nd male lead. She can also be a friend of the male lead, or relative, but her role is usually to support the nang’ek’s relationship with the pra’ek. I’m trying to think of any other roles for 2nd female leads other then this, but I’m drawing a blank. Can anyone else chime in? So other females in lakorns will be relatives, servants of the lead couple usually.

 

Pra’rong – 2nd male lead. Honestly, this term isn’t used as often as nang’rai, so you may never hear it in a lakorn. Often times, the 2nd male lead is just a friend of either the nang’ek or pra’ek. He can be the villain too, who’s after the nang’ek to harm her, but that role is often taken by the pra’ek. 😜 A pra’rong like Louis Scott in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat can be villainous, but also a supporter of the nang’ek or pra’ek, like his role in Kleun Cheewit. The pra’rong may also form a romantic relationship with the 2nd female lead, sometimes after losing the nang’ek to the pra’ek.

Koojin – this is a couple that is shipped by the general public, usually because of their great chemistry together in a lakorn. This doesn’t mean the couple is together in real life (although that has been known to happen aka Yaya and Nadech or Mark and Kim), just that the public loves them as a couple. Often times, a couple is paired over and over again if they become known as a koojin couple. Yaya and Nadech are definitely an example, they’ve been in many lakorns together, starting in 2010’s Duang Jai Akkanee, then Game Rai Game Rak,Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong (2012), the Rising Sun series, Leh Lub Salub Rarng, The Crown Princess and upcoming lakorn Lai KinnareeThat’s about all for now. Sawadee!

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

Deep Dive Into Lakorns

I’ve decided to do a deep dive into lakorns. What does that mean? Well, looking into lakorns as a genre and finding statistical evidence to either prove or disprove common assumptions/questions about them.

Inspired by this article, I wanted to see if I could use the wonderful search engine at mydramalist as well. Each entry has genres that tell you what you can expect to see in the drama. You can also search for more dramas with the genres you like as well. And the tag system works similarly, only goes into even more detail. Say you like marriage and see the tag ‘marriage’ under a drama. You can click on it and see other dramas that have marriage. And some tags are even more precise, like ‘Arranged Marriage, Fake Marriage, Failing Marriage’ and so on. (Yes, I’ve sent a lot of time in those tags 😊😍.

So I’ve always had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have and ones I’ve heard from Internet.

  • Are all lakorns romance? In fact, are there any lakorns that don’t feature romance?
  • There are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns. That wasn’t my assumption, but a lot of people seem to feel that way. So I asked the question. Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns released each year?
  • Are there more marriage dramas in lakornland than outside it?
  • Do other countries have a lot of dramas with past lives/reincarnation story lines?

Methodology: I decided to proceed as follows. First, I would use three years of data and the most recent years because I assumed that most people would be more familiar with and have seen the more recent lakorns as opposed to older ones, so they are more likely to have tags. Undoubtedly, English subbed lakorns would have been seen by more people, so they would have better and more accurate genres. There’s little I can do about inaccurate data outside of seeing every lakorn made myself, 🤣, so I decided to just plow forward. By the way, I started looking into this in September 2019, so by now these statistics may be outdated as people add genres and so on.

In 2016, 175 lakorns released. 2017, 193 lakorns. Lastly, in 2018, 182 lakorns.

2016 LAKORNS

2016 – 175 lakorns, 16 lakorns (90.85) supposedly don’t have romance in them according to the tags, but I think it’s more like 6 or 96.57%. I looked at the lakorns without romance to figure it out based on pictures, synopsis and so on. Range is 90 to 96% of lakorns had romance in them in 2016.

2017 LAKORNS

2017 – 193 lakorns, romance played a part in all but 26 of them (86.52%). A closer look revealed the number to be more like 8 + of them. So we can say more accurately that in 2017, ~185 lakorns out of 193 lakorns (95.85%) had romance in them. So the range is from 86 to 95% of 2017 lakorns had romance in them.

2018 Lakorns

In 2018, there were 182 lakorns, 164 of those were considered romance for 90.11%. (By the way, did you know there was a web series called The Bitch War (2018) that apparently was part of a tourist campaign for Southern Thailand? No? I didn’t either.)

Ahem. When I looked further into the results, I concluded that at least 5-6 of them probably had romance in them, so the real total of how many lakorns without romance in them at all in 2018 is probably more like 170+ out of 182 or 93.4. So ~90 to 93% of lakorns have romance in them in 2018.

What does this mean? Well, it means, romance lovers, welcome to lakornland! You’ll love it here! ❤ No really, according to my research, Korea dramas in 2016, 108 out of 168 dramas were romance (64%), 2017 had 190 dramas, with romance playing part in 114 of them (60%). And 2018? 151 dramas out of 197 which is 76%. So if you want to watch a romance, chances are much more likely you’ll get it in a lakorn.

What are some other questions you think we should address?

Fab Five – Digital edition

Okay, so here are some upcoming lakorns I’m looking forward to and you should too! First, though, a look at Thai’s tv industry.

Let’s talk a little about the cable and digital world in Thailand tv. The majority of the population watch free to air channels like Channel 7, and Channel 3 (similar to ABC, CBS and NBC). So lakorns aired by those channels usually produce the highest ratings.

Full House Thailand

Then you have the digital market. TrueVisions is a cable company in Thailand, and True4u, which produces such shows as Full House Thailand and a lot of other content, is part of TrueVisions.

In the digital world, Gmmtv is responsible for a lot of unique, and original programming. They’re a production company behind several different channels. Gmmtv is part of GMM Grammy, which is like an entertainment conglomerate in Thailand, think Disney. GMM used to have cable channels, but switched to digital and got rid of them. GMMTV has produced a lot of series, such as Ugly Duckling series, U Prince series, Sotus series and lots of other dramas. They’ve really set a mark for themselves with youth or teen dramas such as the Hormones series.

A lot of the recent round of remakes came from digital channels, although channel 3  has started to get on board that trend. More importantly, I think that GMMTV having a digital presence means that they are more interested in the international market and this has led to a willingness to take chances and explore different genres and lakorns then before. If you look at the lakorns on Netflix, the majority of them were provided by GMM and there is a diversity of genres and ideas that you don’t find in broadcast channels. For example, we have Pidsawat, but we also have lakorns like Thirteen Terrors with is different from more traditional horror lakorns like Pidsawat. There’s the Club Friday series, which are racier then the usual lakorns. And remember that rare unicorn, sports genres?  Well that’s on Netflix too! 

My Love From Another Star

Another thing, I think that the diversity of GMMTV’s lakorns might inspire more diversity in other channels. So if those channels see the success of GMMTV, they might see the need to emulate it more. For example, I think the success of 2014’s Full House Thailand from cable channel True4u, spurred other channels to find their own kdrama remakes, so Channel 3 is airing My Love From Another Star now and more and more remakes are being scheduled. 

Here are some shows I’m looking forward from these channels.

  1. The Stranded which is apparently coming to Netflix. “When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves.” (Credit: mydramalist) 
  2. A Gift to the People You Hate (2019) is supposed to start on October 18th and I’ve already talked about it here
  3. Boss and Me with Push and Aom – this is a remake of a popular Chinese drama about a girl who loves to eat and her boss who falls in love with her. This is a new pairing, but Push and Aom look goood together.
  4. Ruk Woon Wai Jao Chai Kob (2019) which is a remake of The Prince Turns Into a Frog. Son and Vill have starred in several lakorns together already, so yes, I’m excited, they make a good koojin.
  5. Girl2K – Momay (Sushar) is 2000 years old girl who has never aged, and gets her chance to live a normal life if she finds the love of her life this year, but she’s got to pick between 4 different guys.

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 Galaxy – has links to where you can find English subbed lakorns and Jasmin’s Lakorn Blog  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

Fab Five – Actor Edition

We are still working on posts for lakorn newbies, this time, we look at Thai actors, basic info about them, what lakorns they starred in, etc. Last week, I discussed five Thai actresses here.

The Actors

Nadech Kugimiya – 27 years old Nadech’s acting bio is quite similar to Yaya Urassaya’s because they’ve starred in 7 lakorns together. Again, Nadech’s popularity exploded after starring in Duang Jai Akkanee. part 2 of the lakorn series 4 Huajai Haeng Koon Kao. Game Rai Phaai Game Ruk in 2011, again with Yaya, was another success. Currently, Nadech is starring in in My Love From Another Star. This will be only the fifth time Nadech has paired with someone other than Yaya, so a lot of people welcomed his new pairing with Matt Peeranee in My Love From Another Star.

Mark Prin – 29 years old, has been an actor since 2010. He worked with Kimberley Voltemas on Punya Chon Kon Krua 2012 and that cemented them as a popular koojin couple who now have five lakorns together. Mark has worked with all the actresses in the fab five except Vill, and he was paired on Phope Ruk with Bella Ranee. He also worked with Yaya on 2017’s popular lakorn Kleun Cheewit (earlier he worked with Yaya in Tawan Deard).

Weir Sukollawat – 34 years, has been in lakorns since 2006. He’s garnered numerous acting awards, works well with co-stars, and is quite prolific. Weir is one of the top actors at Channel 7 and as such, he has worked with any number of actresses multiple times such as Dung Duang Haruetai (2008) with Kwan Usamanee, Min Peechaya in Pin Anong, and Mai Davika in Roy Lae Sanae Luang 2013.

Pope Thanawat is 36 years old, and compared to the previous actors on the list, he got a late start, since he has only been in lakorns since 2011. He garnered attention in the popular lakorn series Suparburoot Jutathep. Pope played the main lead in Khun Chai Pawornruj, part 2 of the series. He starred in Samee Tee Tra 2014, a remake of a well known lakorn. But Pope’s biggest success was in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat with Bella Ranee.

James Jirayu – 26 years old, was also part of the popular lakorn series Suparburoot Jutathep along with Pope. James played the main lead in Khun Chai Puttipat, part 3 of the series. Like Mark Prin, James has worked with all the Fab Five actresses except Vill. He worked with Yaya in 2015’s version of Neung Nai Suang. Game Sanaeha had him working with Taew.

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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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Back to School

We are still working on beginner’s week here at Lakorn View. Recently, I wrote a post about various topics like the types of lakorns, genres and common words in lakorns. In this post, we’ll go more into details and give examples of these two common Thai words you’ll hear in lakorns: pra’ek and nang’ek.

Common Lakorn Terms

I will be using the lakorn Princess Hours Thai to explain the terms in detail because the poster itself does a great job of explaining the relationships involved. The lakorn is based off the kdrama Goong, which you may or may not be familiar with.

Princess Hours Thai

Pra’ek – male lead. In this case, our pra-ek is standing next to our nang-ek and they’re both looking at the camera in the poster. In Princess Hours Thai, our nang-ek was the usual stereotype of rich, cold lead who is seemingly without feelings, but warms up thanks to the nang’ek.

Lakorns also have several other types of males, but rich, cold a**hole is a favorite! 😂 There can be naive young males who are usually from the countryside or an island and still have a lot to learn about life like in Game Rai Phaai Game Ruk (these types are big on farming). We also have kind, caring male leads, like in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat and pra-eks who are in love with and dedicated to the heroines such as in Game Sanaeha. Hot headed, vengeful Mark Prin in Kleun Cheewit (2017) is a very common example of a character type found in just about any slap n’kiss lakorn. Last, but not least, we do get professional doctors (Khun Chai Puttipat), lawyers, CEOs, and so on in lakorns as well.

Princess Hours Thai

Nang’ek – female lead. Ah, yes, in Princess Hours Thai, we have a common female lead, you know if you’ve watched any dramas at all, that spunky, cute, but not too bright heroine. Yep, lakorns have those in lots of romantic comedies especially. But there is another type that lakorns in particular excel at.

Soraya in Jam Leuy Ruk

Are you a soft spoken, can’t stand up for yourself, always want to turn the other cheek female? Then we have the perfect job for you! Come join a lakorn! You’ll get to play the lead role, people will abuse and torment you day and night (you’ll cry buckets of course), but you’ll win in the end because you’ll get to marry the pra’ek (yes, that wonderful man who most likely was the cause of some, if not all the abuse you received!) Meet the doormat character, seen more frequently in older lakorns then newer ones, thank goodness.

Soraya in Jam Leuy Ruk was a self sacrificing type of doormat, with more fight in her then the usual examples of this character. I hate to say it, but Bella Ranee in Padiwarada was a more spunky version of this character as well.

Lakornland is rife with rich spoiled nang’eks as well (look at Rang Pratana), but they always learn their lesson and improve for the better. We also have nice, smart nang’eks, who aren’t doormats, but are more normal characters like in Pin Anong. You’ll also get rare, cool mature women like Noon plays in Pidsawat partially, and sometimes independent, fierce women like in Kleun Cheewit. Well, that’s it for this edition of Back to School. We’ll have more terms in later posts! Sawadee!

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What’s Up With Lakorns?

This week is beginner’s week as we learn more about lakorns. We’ll go over some basic terms and give more information about lakorns here. I am still a learning about lakorns myself, despite being a fan of 10+ years, so bear with me.😊 The focus will also be on the English subbed lakorns that are watched by the international community.

Lakorn Categories and Times

Thailand tv shows are called lakorns. They usually revolve around romantic entanglements. The lakorns air on various channels in Thailand, like Channel 3, 5 and 7 (think ABC, NBC, and CBS). There are also cable channels such as GMM, True4u and One (think HBO, Showtime and AMC) that offer more teen series and usually more racier content. There are also two different categories of lakorns that most lakorns can be divided into according to time: prime time lakorns and evening lakorns. This refers to the basic tv channels 3, 5 and 7, not cable channels which usually air later at night and only once a week.

Prime time lakorns usually feature the most popular actors and actresses like Yaya Urassaya. They air 2-3 episodes a week, 2-3 days a week for a few months. They are usually an hour and a half long, more or less. Kleun Cheewit aired on Channel 3, Monday-Tuesday for 1hr, 50min from January to March 2017.

Evening lakorns air 4-5 times a week, Mon-Thur or Mon-Fir. They’re shorter, like 45 mins to an hour. Usually, they would have a longer episode length, 20 or more episodes. They can be big ratingswise, but often feature lesser known actors or actresses. They’re shown before the news. Tra Barb See Chompoo aired on Channel 3 Monday-Friday for 45 mins daily, from November to December 2018.

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Common Lakorn Terms

  • Lakorn – Thai drama or play. Some also call lakorns soap operas.
  • Pra’ek – male lead
  • Pra’rong – 2nd male lead
  • Nang’ek – female lead
  • Nang’rai – the 2nd female lead, but usually she’s the villain of the lakorn.
  • Khun – more formal way to address someone, similar to Mr. Mrs. Miss etc. (used before someone’s name usually)
  • Nong – used to address someone younger regardless of gender (used before someone’s name usually)
  • P’– (I prefer this over “Pee” cuz of English meaning of pee) – address someone you’re close to who’s older. (used before someone’s name usually)
  • Koojin – Main couple

Lakorn Genres

Most lakorns can fit into the action, romantic comedies, or dramas genres. There are many dramas and comedies that focus on the main relationship between the two leads. For a more detailed look at genres, check this post out!

Something that I’ll address in more detail in a later post are slap n’kiss lakorns, which often feature rape. Conversely, outside of rape, there is very little sexual going ons between the two main leads outside of usually chaste and often faked kisses, but cable shows are generally more lax in this area.

  • Action lakorns – featuring action, like fighting, lots of it. These shows are usually about police officers, military personnel and so on.
  • Romantic comedies – lots of these set in the city, the country, etc.
  • Dramas – I refer to as anything that isn’t comedic, but can’t be classified as something else.
  • Sitcoms – which aren’t as popular internationally.
  • Series – Cable channels shows have a lot of series mostly geared towards teenagers like the Hormones series, but also they did Full House Thai and other kdrama remakes.
  • Horror/Ghost stories are another main topic of lakorns.
  • Historical lakorns consists of two main types, from what I can tell. One type is set in the distant past, like Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018). The other type is set in the early 20th century up to the 1960s or so. I wrote more about it here.
  • Slap n’kiss lakorns, which often feature rape and well, slaps and kisses following the slap or is it vice versa? Well, both.
  • Family lakorns – the Suparburoot Jutathep Series each featured a different brother in the five lakorns.
  • Revenge – lakorns desire its own genre, they are sooo numerous in lakornland.
  • Boran lakorns (see more below).

Boran lakorns are more specific type of lakorn that are based off mythology. They usually air on Channel 7, Saturday and Sunday, and involve a lot of fantasy, gods, demi humans and other fantastical beings. Think of the Chinese fantasy series such as Eternal Love or Ashes of Love. Boran lakorns aren’t subbed generally, but Laila Thida Yak, is being subbed now and it seems like a boran lakorn.

Any questions, corrections, comments? Or addends? Let me know!

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