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

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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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TOP 3 – Upcoming Historical Lakorns

I’m liking the fact that lakorns are becoming more diverse in plot and genre. A woman with a medical background solving mysteries in a historical period? Sounds like China’s Miss Truth (2020). But no, it’s actually one of several upcoming lakorns I’m looking forwards to.

1. Lai Kinnaree (2020) – This lakorn stands out for several reasons. 1. It stars Nadech Kugimiya, Yaya Urassaya 2. It takes place in the Ayutthaya period of time 3. It’s about a woman with medical knowledge she uses to solve cases and mysteries. More pics here and here.

Synopsis: The reign of King Narai was the most prosperous during the Ayutthaya period. Ayutthaya kingdom at that time has great commercial and diplomatic activities with all foreign nations especially the west. Everywhere was full of foreign immigrants, merchants, missionaries diplomats and military personnel. Foreigners especially westerners were backed to oppress Ayautthaya people causing the rage among Ayutthaya people. Lady Pudsorn is the beautiful daughter of a famous deceased doctor. She well inherited medical knowledge from her father. Aok Luang (Viscount) Indra Ratchpakdee is a handsome police nobleman who is responsible for the peace and safety of people in the metropolitan area. Monsieur Robert is a handsome French guy who closes to an important French military diplomat whom King Narai borrowed from King of France to work for. Faith brought the three of them to met and work together in investigating the suspicious death of an important French cargo ship captain who died while wearing female sarong cloth with Lai Kinaree (Half Bird Half Human) patterned which is the kind of pattern prohibited for royal ladies in the palace only. Therefore this case has the existence of Ayutthaya Kindom at stake because it may trigger the war by being claimed as a rightful cause for the French army to seize Ayutthaya Kindom. The investigation leads the three of them to many somehow involved people, many stories and many suspects which each of them has unexpectable secrets. Moreover, one of the suspects is a very powerful lady in the royal palace too. Besides that, the investigation also leads those two gorgeous and high-profiled guys to fall for Lady Pudsorn and both of them ready to compete to win her heart. What should Lady Pudsorn do? (Source: Asianfuse & ShareRice)

2. Dung Duang Haruetai – This will be the 2nd remake of the popular lakorn and it stars Tik Jesadaporn, Kimberly Voltemas as the main couple. I’ve posted before about the detailed, if sometimes questionable fashions of the lakorn. It will be interesting to see if it holds up to the previous versions.

Synopsis: The story of three kingdoms. Kasit ruled by King Rungsimun is the wealthiest and most powerful but they lack a sea route, for this reason, King Rungsimun had planned to politically wed Princess Munisala of Thanta in order to conveniently use their water route. However if both Kasit and Thanta were to unite that would cause Puntoolat to become isolated and for this reason, the three kingdoms have longed lived with suspicion of one another. Princess Munisala decided to flee in order to escape the wedding because she had heard many ruthless stories about King Rungsimun but she accidentally fell into a trap and was rescued by Prince Tiyuttithorn/ Pee Chai of Puntoolat where she asked to seek refuge. Upon hearing the news of Princess Munisala’s disappearance and learning that it may be linked to Pee Chai, Princess Tasika feared the start of a war and so she made her way to speak to Pee Chai and got kidnapped by King Rungsimun and brought to Kasit. Tasika believed she was kidnapped as a hostage in order for Kasit to negotiate Munisala’s return and so she began at first to dislike Rungsimun. However Rungsimun had fallen in love with Tasika at first sight and so began their love story, but things get complicated as Mina constantly stirs up trouble, by trying to harm Tasika as she was in love with Rungsimun. Meanwhile, Munisala and Tiyuttithorn also started to slowly fall in love. Matters get complicated as Mina’s father committed treason against Rungsimun. (Source: Sharerice) (Source: MyDramaList)

3. Prom Likit – Not much is known about this except it’s a sequel to Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018) and the main couple of Bella Ranee and Pope Thanawat will be returning. Also returning is the director Mai Phawat Panangkasiri, but Louis Scott won’t be returning. This will have an opening ceremony on May 2020. It remains to be seen whether it will air in 2020, but is a couple worth waiting for!

Synopsis– This sequel is set in King Thai Sa’s reign (1709-1732) and will focus on Por Date and Kadesurang’s kids 20 years after Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat’s ending.

What are your top 3?

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are your top 3?

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Top Three RomCom Lakorns

No theme of the week this week, I couldn’t decide. But I did want to do a top three lakorn recommendation for those looking for a good romantic comedy. Comedy in general, is such a hard thing to get right in dramas and/or movies (Stephen Chow has some great movies). And romantic comedies are even harder. But here are 3 lakorns I enjoyed.

  1. Soot Sanaeha (2009)- Anne Thongprasom and Ken Theeradeth showcase the same chemistry here that’s made them a favorite koojin couple for years. Watch just about any Anne and Ken lakorn and you’re guarantee great acting, solid directing, not to mention mindblowing chemistry (I’ve watched all their lakorns except Rang Ngao). Here Anne really gets to show off her comic skills and I was very impressed. She makes the most of each scene and has surprisingly great comic timing. Ken is more the solid, earnest type to Anne’s spoiled, crazy antics, but he’s also lovable as well. Find it here.

Synopsis: Alin is a dwindling actress unable to compete with younger rising starlets. When she is approached to do a cooking show “Soot Aroi Gap Alin (Delicious Recipes with Alin)”, she accepts, hoping it will save her career and also to bring her closer to the owner of the show, Anucha. One problem, she can’t cook. She hires Din, a foul-mouth chef, for cooking lessons.

Slowly she learns how to cook and her show is a major ratings hit. Also at this time, Alin develops a personal relationship with her cooking teacher, not a romantic one. She begins to consult with him about her life and love.

As her relationship blossoms with the man of her dreams, she begins to question about the relationship she has with her chef. Though Anucha is the man of her dreams and can give her things she superficially desires (glamour and stardom), Din makes her happy. Who will she choose?

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2. Stupid Cupid (2015) This is a parody and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. They throw just about every lakorn trope at you, crossdressing, arranged marriage, secrets, heirs, and see what jokes stick. Either you’ll think it’s hilarious or not. Sunny Suwanmethanont does such a great job here as the pra’ek. He has great comic timing, looks the part and really gives it his all. Link here.

Synopsis: The Amaraporn family is a big and wealthy family. On the 80th birthday of the grandmother, who is the head of the family, she announced that she wants to hold an arranged marriage between Chawee and Araya. Chawee, the only grandson of the Amaraporn family, dislikes Araya since they were young. Araya is an orphan that grandmother adopted. Yingmae and Chonlee wants to eliminate Araya because she will soon become the daughter-in-law and receive the inheritance instead of them. They plan to use Deedee, Chawee’s lover, who came back from the UK to change his mind and cancel the wedding. The Doctor who looks after the Amaraporn family secretly loves Araya. Although Araya is slandered by Chawee, Yingmae, Chonlee and Deedee, she gets the encouragement from Doctor.

Meanwhile, Philin, a woman who disguises herself as a man named Piroj, applies to be the new gardener. However, she comes to the mansion because of a secret that no one knows. Furthermore, Pisan, the mysterious man living on a desert island, is planning to avenge somebody in the Amaraporn family. 

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3. Seu Rak Chak Yai Olawon (2008) This is one of those underrated lakorns not many talk about or have seen, but I thought it was great at the beginning, good in the middle and strong at the end. The chemistry between the two leads is wonderful and every scene they’re in sparks. This starts off with plenty of laugh out loud moments, but towards the end it does shift to more drama and less comedy. The focus of the lakorn strays as well from our main couple to concentrate more on the supporting cast in the middle, but later on we do get back to our main couple. Link here.

The cast in general is likable and I thought the main characters were much more unique then the typical rich guy, poor girl types in most lakorns.

Synopsis: Witawin, a young businessman comes back from America to take vacation in Thailand and survey for his new business. He’s happy to meet Daru, his ex-girlfriend again, but he just realizes that she gets married with Theenai already and they have a daughter, Jean. After he talks to her, he just knows that Daru has problem in her marriage life because Theenai is very flirty and always makes her sorry.

Witawin feel sorry and guilty for her because he leaves her to America, so he wants to help her to solve her family problem. However, Theenai misunderstands him and thinks that he tries to get back with his wife, so they fight with each other. Daru is very angry at her husband, so she quarrels with him in front of Jean, their daughter.

Jean is hurt seeing her parents quarrel, so she asked her babysitter to take her to run away to stay at Chomtawan farm, Theenai’s uncle and aunt’s farm. She tells Praiya or Dream, Theenai’s younger sister about her family problem, so Dream wants to help them.

Dream tries to get rid of her’s brother’s girls and her sister-in-law’s guys out of their way and Witawin is one of them.

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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 Netflix Lakorns

Or rather, top three netflix lakorns that you might not have heard of! I’ve tried to avoid my favorites, no Pisawat here 😢, and instead focus on less well known lakorns with good ratings/feedback.

  1. Project S The Series – 4 seasons available at Netflix US. Each series seems to focus on a different sport, as you can see from the poster. But what caught my attention was the fact that different issues such as autism and depression are also addressed. It reminds me of the Hormone series, which also addressed such topics. So if you’re looking for a youth drama or sports drama, or real life issues addressed, this series looks to be one of the best.

After a traumatic incident at a party makes her a target of gossip and derision, a young college student tries to change her school’s toxic culture.

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2. The Judgement (2018) This is a serious lakorn, so those looking for a light, romantic drama had better look elsewhere. I should also point out that this deals with rape and bullying. There have been a number of recent dramas about the toxic effects of social media, Japan’s 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu 2019 was all about this, so I’m glad more attention is being paid to these topics

Many people think that the time spent in school is the most beautiful time in their lives. Is that so? The new girl, ‘Nanno’, will take revenge for everyone. Inspired by real events.

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3.Girl from Nowhere: The Series (2018) I’ve watched 4 episodes of this and figuring out who or what Nanno is the most intriguing thing for me. Like every other lakorn on this list, this deals with societal issues such as bullying, death, murder, rape and more. I’m wondering what is the message that the lakorn is trying to portray or is there even one? I don’t know, but it is interesting. I should also point out that the episodes are 46 mins long and at only 13 episodes, this goes by fast.

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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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