First Impression/Recap: Trab Fah Mee Tawan EP01

So I’ve pretty much watched everything on my watching list (and more) and will be making a post about my reactions to those dramas soon. But I wanted to make a separate post on Trab Fah Mee Tawan, now known as My Forever Sunshine (2020) because it’s good. Really good. Production wise, directing, writing, acting, this is a grand slam. It’s the only lakorn I’ve watched so far this year that I’ve felt that way about. By the way, I have started posting on instagram as I watch, I might try twitter and/or facebook as well, but my instagram is here, so you can follow along as I watch.

Synopsis: The story about Paeng, a girl with a tragic life. After losing her father, she has to go live at Artit’s house. The only way for her to be able to stay at this house is to be with him. But no one expected that her approaching Artit nearly costs him his life. He ends up hating her to the bones and she is exiled far from home for four years until the day they come across each other again. One might think that time will lessen hate, but not for Artit. Not only he still hates her, but he also hates her even more than before. But in order to keep her final promise to Artit’s father, she must endure it! (Source: VIU)

I’ve watched the only episode out so far, and the airing schedule is really wacko.

I have a feeling this has to do with it being on Viu tv and Tencent, not to mention WeTv. So lots of places for fans to watch. You can watch this on Muse as well.

Our first episode starts with Artit, the pra’ek showing off his soccer skills at a match, then eating with his friends as he moons over the girl of the group, Ling. Next we see our nang’ek Paeng/Fahmai who is getting bullied by other girls, but Artit steps in and helps her. Paeng tries to hid her injuries from her dad, but he seems to know what’s up anyway. Then mom comes home and we get this great shot of a close, happy family in a group hug.

Paeng’s happy family

That happy family? Immediately, immediately undercut a few scenes from now. Paeng comes to eat and learns her mom isn’t there. And she goes off. She goes to a club with her maid and pretends to drink and poses with guys, all to get her mom’s attention. Artit is asked to go after her by her parent and does so, getting in a fight with some guys which lands them at the police station.

At school the next day, Paeng is about to skip school, but is stopped by Artit who tells her he knows what she is doing and asks her if it’s working? He tells her to try being good instead and she takes his words to heart, only to come home to an empty house and she eats all alone.

Meanwhile, we see Artit being greeted by the staff and his parents with warmth and sitting down to eat with them.

What are you doing playing around instead of working? Lah gag. As in this scene made me want to gag.

Later, he goes on a bike ride and passes his servant who’s playing and has the nerve to try to dictate to them how they should spend their FREE TIME and then plays soccer with them. Not sure of the purpose of the scene except to make him out to be a total prick. Writer? Could you elaborate?

That scene was completely typical and awful. But regardless, he redeems himself soon anyway. His father has been fooled by his new business partner and it looks like the family has lost their farm. This lands his father in the hospital. Artit stands up against the lawyer who comes to their farm with hired guns who came to their farm and then Paeng and her father shows up.

Turns out Paeng’s father and Artit’s father are old friends, and Paeng and Artit knew each other when Paeng was just four and Artit was? Not sure how old, at least 8 or 10 or something. Paeng and Artit promise friendship with each other at the same time we see Paeng’s father helps Artit’s family to keep their farm by loaning them money.

Artit and his friends – Love Rival, Comic Sidekick, Ling, Artit

We also see more of Artit’s friends and their connections, don’t really want to go into it, suffice to say both Artit and his friend have a rivalry going on for the only female member, Ling, of their group, and there’s the usual comic sidekick too.

Paeng and her mom mend their fences, for like two seconds, lol.

Paeng and her dad had gone to the farm after Paeng got upset learning her mom went on vacation with friends without telling her first and Paeng and her mom reunite and mend ways after her mom apologizes and gives Paeng one of the matching bracelets she bought.

This doesn’t last long of course, as her mom reneges on a dinner promise she made with Paeng and Paeng goes to find her. Paeng does find her mom after asking around, but when they get in an argument, Paeng accuses her mom of not caring about her and runs away. Artit is tasked with finding her and does so, finding she’s safe and sound, if not a bit hungry. She doesn’t want to go home though, and Artit agrees.

At end, Artit finds Paeng, whom he briefly feared jumped after seeing her backpack on railing.

My thoughts: This is good. It’s been one episode, things can change, but this lakorn really surprised me with the strength of its acting, writing and directing. I loved how we see this picture of a big happy family that Paeng desperately wants, and that is immediately undercut as we see Paeng’s desperation to keep her mother close and how she tries to get her family together (in one scene, she orchestrates an elaborate date for her parents, telling them she wants a sibling.)

Paeng eating alone.

I also loved the way the director (I’m assuming it was a directing choice) chooses to layer scenes together and ties them together. For example, the picture of Paeng sitting alone is cut by scenes of Artit with his family. Then we have Paeng and Artit promising to be friends while we see their parents SHOWING their deep friendship to each other. The directing reinforces the previous scenes, giving both more weight. That’s what good directors do, give more underlying meaning to scenes.

And can I just say how much I appreciate Kao Supassara’s performance as a 15 year confused and vulnerable teen? She nails it! The deep yearning in Paeng for a real family, the desperation she feels when she thinks that family is slipping away from her. The relationship between Paeng and her mom makes me uneasy. I can’t tell if its because of the acting (and I’m not talking about Kao) or that their relationship is supposed to make me anxious, because it’s so unstable and fraught (on Paeng’s side) at least with emotion.

I also appreciate Mark’s performance here as well. It’s not just that his character is much more likeable than in My Husband in Law, his caring scenes with his father, his brotherly advice to Paeng and how he looks after her feel very nature and realistic. Maybe this has something to do with the directing as well.

I was unsure based on the synopsis, which seems to suggest Paeng tries to get Artit by seducing him, that I wanted to watch this because, yuck. That’s more a nang’rai’s action then the nang’ek. But now I totally understand and get it. Of course Paeng would do ANYTHING, ANYTHING to have the warmth and love of a family forever. We’ve seen how loving Artit’s family is and I can imagine Paeng wanting to hold on to that by any means necessary. Definitely will be watching more. In terms of recapping, this will have back to back to back episodes, so I don’t know about more recaps, that would be alot to do in a timely fashion. But who knows? We’ll see.

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Trab Fah Mee Tawan

Another Channel 3 lakorn I’m interested in. Honestly think they’re my favorite Thai channel, outside of GMM which I love just because they English sub lots of their lakorns! Trab Fah Mee Tawan stars Mark Prin, who is having a busy 2020, after starring in no lakorns in 2019 and one in 2018. This will be his 2nd lakorn of the year, Trab Fah Mee Tawan (2020). Kao Supassara is the nang’ek in this lakorn. It airs November 19, 2020. Hopefully this will be English subbed.

Synopsis: Fahmai moved into Arthit’s house after her parents died. She knew she was going to get kicked out of the house so one day, she set up a plan to get Arthit into bed. Instead, Arthit stormed out of the house and got into an accident. He survived but his hate for her grew. She was sent abroad for 4 years then 4 years later, she returned because she made a promise to his parents. She thought time will heal all wounds but that wasn’t the case, instead, it intensified even more. (Source: MarkimPhilippines at Facebook) (Source: MyDramaList)

Kao Supassara is the nang’ek here, and I’m wondering from her clothes if she plays another tomboy character like she did in Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub. I hope not. This seems similar to Mark’s other 2020 lakorn too, My Husband in Law, where the leads meet each other young and grow up together. Here, it looks like the pra’ek hates the nang’ek for a reason, where as in MHIL, the pra’ek didn’t really have a reason to treat the nang’ek badly. The English titles are As Long as the Sky Has The Sun, and My Forever Sunshine which sounds very romantic, so let’s hope we get a lovely romance in this lakorn.

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My Husband in Law – Recap 1

Director Aew Ampaiporn is responsible for many of the best lakorns, Kleun Cheewit, Sawan Biang, Game Rai Game Rak so when I heard about her new lakorn, My Husband in Law (2020), it made me all the more anxious to watch it. Plus, it also stars Mark Prin and Mew Nittha in a marriage of convenience story, so what’s not to like?

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Synopsis:

My Husband in Law (2020): Muey is a young girl who lived with her mother, who has a very close friend. Muey also has a crush on Thien who is the son of her mother’s close friend. Although Muey loves him, Thien never seems to love Muey, instead, he always teases her, messes with her, and sometimes bullies her. Muey never got angry or responded to Thien when she got bullied because she loved him too much.

One day, Thien was forced to marry Muey just to get rid of the wife of a powerful man. As Thien never looked at Muey as his life partner, he was not really okay with the marriage. In addition, Thien wanted a perfect woman as his wife, but Muey was never perfect in his eye. Will Thien fall in love with Muey at the end? Will Muey be the perfect wife for him? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)

Cast of Characters

Episode 1 Recap

Muey’s wedding outfit

We begin with a voiceover of our nang’ek Muey as she describes an incident when she is saved from being bullied by a boy whose face she doesn’t see. And now a quick peek at the beaming Muey (Mew Nittha)on her wedding day to Thien (Mark Prin), our pra’ek and her rescuer? But will Thien even show up to be married? This seems to be the main question on his family’s minds, as he goes off the last minute to the bathroom and doesn’t return for a while. His brother starts looking for him and Thien finally shows up, a reluctant groom. We see why as we flash back to two weeks ago.

Two weeks before the wedding, we see Thien with a woman named Yada in a heated embrace. They have a night together when the phone rings and Yada’s husband Pon-Det learns about their affair. Thien didn’t know she was married and basically says screw you to Yada and takes off to his home, where we see that Muey is there as a housekeeper?

Flashback

Muey and Thien slip easily into a bickering conversation that seems to be their forte, as Muey manages to throw as many adoring looks at Thien as she can, while he seems oblivious to her adoration. We see another flashback to when a young Muey, high schooler maybe, meets the pra’ek and his family for the first time as his mother announces she will live with the two boys as their sister, and Thien’s like ‘What?!’, but mom persists.

Thien goes out to meet Yada again, and Muey sees he got a threatening message on his phone and follows him. Yada wants to continue their relationship and says she’s divorcing her hubby, who beats her (another flashback to Yada’s and Thien’s first meeting when she’s distraught and he saves her from stepping in front of a car), Thien sympathizes with her, but tells her he doesn’t want any problems. With that he leaves.

Thien is followed by Yada’s husband Pon-Det and a car chase ensues. Pon-Det manages to drive Thien’s car off into the water and drives off, but Muey arrives to save the day. His whole family visits Thien in the hospital, including an unwelcome vistor, Yada. Yada says she’s divorcing her husband, but Thien just says he has no feelings for her. Yada answers that he doesn’t have anyone, so Thien replies that he does have a fiancee, Muey. Pon-Det shows up then and implies the marriage better happen or else. Another eavesdropper was Thien’s mom, who tells him he must make the lie the truth to avoid being killed by Pon-Det, to save Muey’s reputation as well and to avoid facing other consequences as it appears Pon-Det is related to a well connected family.

Before: Our beautiful couple.
After: A smirking Thien after a storm disrupts the wedding.

So the marriage is on and we’re back in the present now as Thien reluctantly shows up to his wedding. Then things start going downhill, as the dog runs off with the ring, only to poop it out, and the rain and wind starts and we see Thien enjoying the chaos.

Wedding night sees an ecstatic Muey and a complacent Thien, where an argument over who gets the bed ends with Thien getting the bed, and Muey sleeping on the floor. Thien attempts to continue life as normal, but his mother basically leaves him no choice but to stay with Muay. At the end of the episode, we see the two moving in together and a little story about their pets, a cat for Thien and a dog for Muey.

My Take:

Really this is all Director Aew Ampaiporn‘s show right now. Aew’s has directed a number of romantic comedies before, Oum Ruk and Soot Sanaeha and there are a number of comic moments here handled with a deft touch, namely the wedding chaos scene.

Mew Nittha is sure to win hearts as the cheerful, optimistic Muey. Yes, it’s very much a stereotypical Mary Sue character, but in spite of that, I still can’t help but root for Muey. Muey tries to live in the present, and makes things easy for her love, but she also attempts to be close to him, tries to sleep with him and make them share the same room. In other words, she doesn’t seem as passive as some nang’eks are.

Thien, played by Mark Prin, isn’t supposed to be the villain of the piece, but he is smug, self adsorbed and it’s obvious that he’s due to get knocked off his pedestal, like so many other spoiled, entitled pra’eks. His view of Muey is skewed of course, he sees her as a nuisance, and not getting stressed over things. But Muey is in the perfect position to start getting stressed over things, as she is closer then ever to the one she loves, yet must still stay away from him.

Good start to the series, and I can’t wait to watch more.

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What’s Next? Trab Fah Mee Tawan

We have another lakorn that has already wrapped up shooting, so hopefully we’ll be able to watch it later this year. Trab Fah Mee Tawan (2020) will be a Channel 3 lakorn and stars Mark Prin (Kleun Cheewit) and Kao Supassara (Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub). This is based on a novel and looks to be a hate to love type relationship here, at least on the pra’ek’s side.


Credit: kaosupassra.cambodiafan’s ig

Trab Fah Mee Tawan (2020) – Fahmai moved into Arthit’s house after her parents died. She knew she was going to get kicked out of the house so one day, she set up a plan to get Arthit into bed. Instead, Arthit stormed out of the house and got into an accident. He survived but his hate for her grew. She was sent abroad for 4 years then 4 years later, she returned because she made a promise to his parents. She thought time will heal all wounds but that wasn’t the case, instead, it intensified even more. (Source: MarkimPhilippines at Facebook)

(Credit: Teedee17 @asianfuse.net)
cr. :: @anyama

I thought this was the first time the two were together in a lakorn, but actually they were both in Kom Faek (2018), but they weren’t a couple there. The English title is As Long as the Sky Has The Sun, which is rather beautiful. No teaser out yet, but I’m sure fans of Mark will be subbing this.

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Tuesday's Teaser

Finally!!! Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee (2020) airs on April 21, 2020. For fans of stars Mew Nittha and Mark Prin (Kleun Cheewit), it’s been a long time coming. This lakorn is based off a book called My Husband in Law and is on Muse’s subbing list, so I’m excited to see it!

Synopsis: The main leads were forced to get married to protect the male lead from another girl’s husband who has power. He doesn’t like the female lead because he grew up with her. She is the daughter of his mom’s friend who died when she was young so his mother adopted her. He teased and messed with her since she was young but she never fought back. He wanted someone perfect and she was not it. He later found out that she’s been secretly in love with him.

(Source: asianfuse.net)

This is love❤! Forced marriage, secret love, Aew Ampaiporn Jitmaingong. Yep, you heard that right. Aew Ampaiporn Jitmaingong directs this lakorn. For those of you not in the know, Aew is the director Kleun Cheewit, The Crown Princess, Game Rai Game Rak and Sawan Biang. I think she’s one of the best directors in Thailand.

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Music Monday

Childhood love. Never really been a fan. But I have to admit it is a very popular trope in Asian dramas and even in some lakorns. Hmm, what about unrequited love or just love in general? How about family love, siblings, or what about friendship? Or bromance? This week is the week of love in various forms.

Credit: onlymyobsession‘s yt

Ngao Asoke (2016) synopsis: This is a story about Bpeeyachat a young orphan that meets Monthai, the son from a rich family, during her childhood and befriends him. A car accident takes her grandmother, her last living family member, away from her and she starts living with Viyada and her family. Monthai, who is engaged to Viyada, goes abroad for studies because he can’t stand living at home anymore because of his mother’s insane jealousy and the terrible things that happened because of it. During his time abroad, he sends many letters to his fiancee, which are not answered by her, but instead by Bpeeyachat. Viyada is more interested in getting to know other men than corresponding with or waiting for him. Monthai´s mother gets really sick and asks for Viyada to take care of her. This is the last thing she wants to do and so Bpeeyachat goes in her place. Monthai comes back from abroad and thinks that Bpeeyachat is pretending to be Viyada, because of the money. He starts to treat her badly, but slowly starts to care for her. Shortly after, Viyada comes to his home and trouble ensures.

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Music Monday

There’s no particular theme this week, although I do want to talk about some of my favorite actors and actresses. I also want to talk more about workplace dramas and the lack of them in lakornland except there’s not much to say. Japan has lots of workplace doramas, and Korea also has their fair share, but not Thailand. Even when there is a workplace drama, it’s more a workplace romance then a drama showcasing the work environment and the people there and their relationships to each other. Today I picked a mv because I really liked how it was made, although I’ve haven’t seen Ab Ruk Online (2015)😁.

Credit: emma’s yt channel

Ab Ruk Online (2015) Awatsaya is a beautiful boss with bright future. She is in her mid-30’s and expected to remain single, until she secretly falls in love with the new hired young man, Pranon. He’s the perfect man, who just got his heartbroken. He’s handsome, talented and kind. But she can’t allow her position and image to be impacted, so she uses an online chat program to court him. Their online relationship starts growing and going smoothly. Her secret love starts to get messy when Prippreaw, a rich and young woman who is in love with Pranon, pretends to be Pranon’s Ab Ruk. Also, she got a new handsome playful boss, Mr. Lipta. Lipta is a playful, handsome boss, who likes to tease her. Unknown to her, the handsome boss has a secret love toward her. Source: Viki

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Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee

Mew Nittha and Mark Prin star in Ok Keub Hak Ab Ruk Khun Samee. The lakorn is based off a book, called My Husband in Law.

Synopsis: The main leads were forced to get married to protect the male lead from another girl’s husband who has power. He doesn’t like the female lead because he grew up with her. She is the daughter of his mom’s friend who died when she was young so his mother adopted her. He teased and messed with her since she was young but she never fought back. He wanted someone perfect and she was not it. He later found out that she’s been secretly in love with him.

(Source: asianfuse.net)
Credit: mewnitthafanclub_official‘s ig

This is love❤! Forced marriage, secret love, Aew Ampaiporn Jitmaingong. Yep, you heard that right. Aew Ampaiporn Jitmaingong directs this lakorn. For those of you not in the know, Aew is the director Kleun Cheewit, The Crown Princess, Game Rai Game Rak and Sawan Biang. I think she’s one of the best directors in Thailand.

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Music Monday

So we have one more week and month until 2020, and honestly, I am so ready for 2020. I decided to just drop a favorite mv of mine, because, yeah, I’m already looking at 2020 lakorns😊. So, here’s my all time favorite mv. Enjoy! You can watch it Kleun Cheewit English subbed here.

Kleun Cheewit (2017) synopsis:

Jeerawat is a hardworking woman, who is a famous model and actress. Her mother married a smarmy but rich man, who secretly lusts after her. After he attempts to drug Jeerawat, she manages to escape by driving away. Unfortunately, she hits a young woman in the road, who later dies at the hospital.


The dead young woman has a fiancee, Sathit, who happens to be a lawyer. He vows revenge on the female driver who killed his beloved fiancee. Unfortunately, Jeerawat’s stepfather and mother use their influence and money to hide and hush all evidence. Sathit decides to stalk and bother her to find the evidence that she’s an evil and manipulative temptress. But in the end, he finds out she’s actually a good and kind person, despite her lowly beginnings, and gradually falls in love with her

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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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