Watching Now: Rahut Rissaya First Impression and More

When it rain it pours, and it has really been pouring lately. What I mean by that is I have gone from watching very few dramas to watching many. That’s a good thing except that I’m really been neglecting this blog for one thing, sorry about that, I’ll try to keep up more in the future. Instead I’ve been posting a lot on Instagram about the lakorns I’m watching.

Rahut Rissaya (2020)

Synopsis: When the heiress of a billionaire family lost everything including her parents who got murdered…lost all the properties to her aunt and her daughter. Her revenge starts with a businessman who is a fiancé of her aunt’s daughter, as he becomes a chess piece in her game. She uses a confidential document that shows his father’s bad deed as a way to force/pressure him. But their closeness turns to love. Before she starts to see the value in his love and to learn how to forgive, everything is almost too late. (Source: Choi’s_(MY) at MyDramaList)

So first let’s talk about Rahut Rissaya. The 2007 version is one of my favorites and I was really excited going into this. I’ve watched six episodes so far and I’ve got to say, it seems to me more like a reimagining of the lakorn rather than a remake. What I mean by that is that very few scenes are exactly the way they were in the 2007 version, although there are a lot of similar scenes.

So basically the story is about a girl who marries someone for revenge against the people who murdered her parents. Along the way of course, she falls in love with the guy. In the 2007 version, I love the heroine Palai. She was calm, cool, and collected most of the time. She had a sort of icy demeanor that I rarely ever experienced in a heroine before. And in this 2020 version, Palai comes off younger, more vulnerable and less collected.

They’ve also tinkered a little bit with the relationships between characters, there are a whole lot more people who are related and they also know each other before deaths of Palai’s parents.

The first two episodes of the 2020 version show a past that was only talked about in the 2007 version. So we get to see a very different picture of the characters that we don’t see in the 2007 version. I don’t think this is bad necessarily, just different, because it does mess up the pacing. Those first two episodes of the 2020 version basically serve as backstory because the 2007 version just started right in on action and so the pace at the start of the 2020 version is slower.

But I think it would be best just to focus on what the 2020 version is so let me talk a little bit about it. Palai’s aunt Rasika and daughter Junjaraeng take advantage of her mourning to take over control of Palai’s company and house. When Palai starts realizing some suspicious activities have occurred, she starts to investigate and gather evidence against Rasika and Siwa’s father, Sorasak. She marries Siwa and moves to live with him to gain more access to his family, and to get away from Rasika too I suspect.

Just one of many attempts on Palai’s life

This story is very much a slap and kiss, and there is a lot of violence here as well. Servants provide some comedy, but this will be a rather dark lakorn, more so then most I’ve seen if it continues the way it is going. It’s not just that there is lots of physical violence (although there are plenty of attempted killings, deaths and already an attempted rape). It’s that most of the characters are going through a very dark period in their lives where they’ve lost someone close to them, and/or lost their faith in a person, like Siwa has with his father as he begins to realize that his father isn’t the kind of man he thought he was.

Most of best moments of the drama comes from watching Palai and Siwa’s growing relationship to each other that will be their strength in these hard times. They are still at the bickering stage, yet we can see the two are developing feelings towards each other.

One of their sweeter moments, Palai and Siwa

There are some editing problems, I thought the dialogue vapid and weak at times compared to the 2007 version, but overall it is entertaining. Bank Artit is really killing it as Siwa, but otherwise I prefer the acting in the 2007 version. If you loved the 2007 version, I would advise you to just think of this as a different version of Rahut Rissaya, rather than a remake.

Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020)

I’ve watched 2 out of 20 episodes of Sunya Ruk Sunya Luang (2020) and so far, it seems to be a good lakorn, definitely watchable. Our pra’ek Yodsarat is a cop who meets two women at the same time as when weird things seem to start happening. Our pra’ek is very suspicious of Wiwan who always seem to be around when something strange happens, and he’s very enamored of Soadaya. We later learn that Yodsarat had been put under a spell/curse so that he hates the people he would most love (although this doesn’t appear to apply to family, so maybe it’s just directed at Wiwan). So long ago in the past, Yodsarat and Wiwan had fallen in love, but that love was twisted by Soadaya into hate. Since then, in many past lives, Wiwan has tried to get Yodsarat to remember her, remember his love, but she’s failed miserably and his hate has only seemed to grow for her.

Past and present love triangle

I don’t know yet the full story behind the lakorn or their relationships, and much to my surprise, we’ve only gotten snippets of their past lives together. The focus has been on weird things that have started happening in the present, unusual deaths, people disappearing and so on. I might also add that while there are 20 episodes, they’re only an hour long so the episodes seem over before I know it. If you like lakorns with past lives, reincarnation, or a story similar to Pidsawat/Blood & Treasures, this seems to be a good candidate so far.

My Forever Sunshine

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)

My favorite lakorn I’m watching now, outside of Rahut Rissaya is My Forever Sunshine or Trab Fah Mee Tawan. I’m on episode 8 out of 19 episodes and it’s hard to keep up thanks to the unusual airing schedule of the lakorn, where they’re now releasing a episode each day until Dec 15th I think. Based on the first few episodes, I thought it would deal more with solving mysteries of the past, and be dark and tragic, but the lakorn is more like a farm comedy now then dark and gloomy. I don’t… hate it, but I do wish to see more about what happened in the past come up as I suspect it will.

The acting among the main leads is so good that I’m loving seeing them on the screen no matter what they do, Mark Prin as Artit and especially Kao Supassara as Paeng. There are a number of clichés that are making me go, really? Like, we see Paeng as a 16 year old in the 1st few episodes and then she goes away off to school, then there’s a time skip of 6 years, and when Paeng returns to the farm, It’s like everyone is stuck in time, 6 years ago, and they all treat her badly because of her bad behavior in the past. It had me 🙄, like really? There are also stereotypes of servants as dumb, lazy, and needing to be pushed to work. And yes, I’m definitely planning to write more about that aspect, lol.

But I really love Paeng and Artit as a couple and I enjoy watching the other relationships here, father and son, the friendships and so on. I don’t think the lakorn has quite gripped me as it did with the first episodes though, which I feel were the best. Still enjoying watching Artit deny his feelings and Paeng try to keep out of his grasp, literally 😁.

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Monday Meeting – Watching Now and Blogging Updates

It’s been a year since I started Lakorn View and I’ve been enjoying myself, for the most part. But I do want to change up some things, so I do want to give an update on what I want to change regarding this blog. Also, watching lots of different shows at varying rates. Read on for my take of the good, the bad and the ugly (and yeah, I’m talking bout you, So Wayree). For now, I’m just using this space to mourn the ending of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and talk about what I’m watching now.

Blogging News

So this year, I do want to continue blogging, but I also want to make sure my content has meaning. Over the past year, I’ve grown to be more engaged politically, and have really changed in some ways, thanks in part to COVID19. I don’t feel in point in blogging about dramas, lakorns, etc. that means nothing to me and are of little interest. And I want to talk more about what I’m watching, so I’m going to be using more social media sites like instagram, etc. from now on. So in the future, expect this:

  • More content looking at lakorns/dramas/movies/whatever through a focus on social issues, political issues, religious issues.
  • A variety of dramas, including lakorns, but also anything that catches my attention.
  • Increased social media presence, my instagram is here. I’ll also probably post to twitter and/or facebook as well about what I’m watching, blog updates and so on.

Watching Now

Synopsis: Six survivors of a car accident are trapped in a mysterious river valley where hair-raising events ensue. What is the shocking secret in the valley? The lone survivors of a deadly accident have their own secrets to hide. Unable to treat each other with sincerity, they become increasingly suspicious as tensions rise. As they try to find a way out of their ordeal, they experience strange circumstances. Escape may seem impossible yet they continue to make a desperate attempt in the hopes of salvation. (Source: Chinesedrama.info)

Missing Persons (2020) Wow! This show is amazing! Why aren’t more people talking about this show? This is a Chinese drama and in each episode, another piece of mystery is unfolded. We get to know the characters, one by one and how they are connected. And there are mysteries abound. A river of cans of peaches. A mysterious flood that arrives at set times. A buried body. I haven’t finished the series yet, so honestly, don’t know what’s going on here. But it is a good thing! This show really keeps you guessing and it’s already finished at 12 episodes. Definitely recommend this one to anyone seeking a good mystery/thriller, haven’t finished it yet, but this looks like it will definitely end up on my best of 2020 list. The GOOD

I really want to see more of these two and their interactions.

Stranger 2 (2020) started in August and I’ve watched 6 out of 16 episodes. It’s different from the first season as the main focus this time seems to be on the war between prosecutors and the police, each side trying to dig up dirt on the other side to gain leverage. It’s all very Machiavellian, you really have to pay attention to keep up with what’s going on. I like the show, but I feel like I should have watched Stranger again to better prepare myself as I’ve forgotten the show largely. My recommendation? Watch it if you’ve seen the first show and want to know more about South Korea’s criminal justice system. Also know you’ll have to pay attention to the drama or you’ll get lost on what’s happening. The GOOD

Mia Archeep (2020)

Mia Archeep (2020) We’re nearing the final stretch in this drama, and I’m continuing to enjoy it, full stop! It’s a solid romantic lakorn that shakes things up a little as a lakorn, like having a heroine who smirks at the nang’rai and in the relationships. I find I’m enjoying the fact that just about all the characters have warm, loving relationships with other people, their family members, friends. The 2nd male lead has an adorable brother who helps him at times. The pra’ek has a loving mother and father and bratty sister. Nang’ek has a close relationship with her father and close friend. Even the nang’rai has her friend, who even sometimes tells her when she’s going to far (kinda shaky on that). Even one of the main villains of the piece has a great family, if only she appreciated them more than getting money and power. Compare the relationships here to the toxic ones in Prom Pissawat

I know a lot of people prefer the 2nd male lead (and I like him too and want to see him starring as the main lead in more lakorns), but the pra’ek isn’t as awful as the one in So Wayree (2020). He has LEGIT complaints about the nang’ek’s behavior, even though that doesn’t justify his behavior (he definitely used his position of power over the nang’ek to get her to live with him and so on). Unlike in other lakorns, the pra’ek WAS being deceived by the nang’ek, even if she had good reasons for not telling him who she really is. THE GOOD

Prom Pissawat

I debated dropping Prom Pissawat, and almost decided to do so. This is just a bundle of cliches with little to no attempt to elevate this beyond the mediocre. But then I realized I’m more than halfway through the lakorn, which is 16 episodes, so I may continue watching this every once in a while.

Not sure what else to say, I don’t find the chemistry between the leads to be that great, but there is definitely a lot of kissing, shouting and slapping going around, so if you like the slap and kiss genre, the clingy and possessive male who chases the female, this is that drama. THE BAD

Upcoming lakorn So Wayree (2020)

So Wayree (2020) This drama. Ugh. I tried, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around the nang’ek’s sudden love for this dude. Like, say what? Did I miss something? I just don’t think I can continue, plus I really thought the lakorn would try to rehabilitate the rapist H, or give some other more reasonable reason for what he did, yet 7 episodes (24 15 total), I don’t see it. THE UGLY

What are you watching now? In the future?

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Monday Meeting – Rape and So Wayree

So I guess I took a week off the blog, (I actually had posts scheduled in advance cuz I knew I’d be busy this week, but it turned out I had the wrong dates scheduled, 😅 OOPS.). I did manage to watch the six episodes out of So Wayree (2020), and oh boy, where to begin? The very first episode is soo problematic, I continued watching hoping there was a twist or something that would redeem the show. Was there? Eh, not really. MASSIVE SPOILERS for first 6 episodes of So Wayree (2020) ahead. And yes, I will be talking about rape, so trigger warning for those who may be troubled by it.

Myth: Rape and sexual assault are about sexual attraction and gratification.

Fact: Rape and sexual assault are all about control and domination.

https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
So Wayree (2020)

Synopsis: Two hotel moguls, once family friends since the grandparents generation now sworn enemies, are fighting over who will reign supreme. Prinoot never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimontra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up he never knew what having a father was like. Pramida is the only heiress to the famous Emporium real estate mogul. She was pulled into this warring game after being drugged and sent to Prinoot as ransom. 4 years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that those were her siblings. Prinoot and Pramida meet again but standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies. Although they have the twins, not as chains of love but chains of enemies that tied them together unwillingly. (Source: asianfuse.net)

Summary of Episodes 1-6

Myth: Rape happens only to “certain” types of women.

Fact: Any person of any gender, age, race, class, religion, occupation, physical ability, sexual identity, or appearance can be raped. The perpetrator does not choose the victim because they are young, pretty, or provocatively dressed; the perpetrator chooses the victim who is vulnerable. 

Source: https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
Mitra (played by Mookda Narinrak)

So let’s begin with the story in episode 1. We see the heroine Mitra (played by Mookda Narinrak) is having a graduation party with her close friends, they’re taking pictures and I guess later they go to a bar in her father’s hotel where they drink nonalcoholic drinks. Meanwhile, it seems like the “hero” Parin (Kem Hussawee) is watching her from afar. One of Mitra’s so-called friends, Naphasiri, drugs Mitra’s drink and then we see Mitra being carried/dragged by Naphasiri (Kochakorn Songsangterm) to a hotel room, and Parin takes over. There is also money exchanged and words between Naphasiri and Parin. There are some bed scenes and Mitra wakes up with Parin next to her and she has no idea what happened. She leaves as quickly as possible and goes away to cry. So basically what happened was Parin paid Naphasiri as a pimp for Mitra’s services, never mind the fact that it’s obvious Mitra is drunk and has no clue what is happening. This is rape by any definition. I hoped I was wrong about this interpretation of what happened, but so far, nope, I’m not.

Kochakorn Songsangterm as Naphasiri

And in the next episodes, we see Mitra going overseas to live with her aunt, learning she is pregnant, having twins and putting them up for adoption, only to change her mind and have her aunt adopt them. She comes back to Thailand to help her dad run his company, which is in direct competition with Parin’s dad’s company. There she meets Parin again, and he chases after her, she tries to play him and keep him from finding out her secrets, while gathering admirers, and enemies.

Myth: If you wouldn’t have been drinking, you wouldn’t have been sexually assaulted. 

Fact: Alcohol is a weapon that some perpetrators use to control their victim and render them helpless. As part of their plan, a perpetrator may encourage the victim to use alcohol, or identify an individual who is already incapacitated. Alcohol is not a cause of rape; it is only one of many tools that perpetrators use. 

Source: https://prevent.richmond.edu/prevention/education/rape-myths.html
Kem Hussawee as Parin

We also learn a lot about Parin in six episodes. Apparently, according to his friend, he has a reputation with the ladies. Parin thinks he’s in love with Mitra, whose name I’m not even sure he knows until a couple of episodes in, spends years pining over his lost love, 🙄 without any sort of realization apparently that what he did was rape her. So he is pleased when he sees her again, she not so much. Parin attempts to rationalize what he did by saying that she was asking for it, that he thought she was for sale and well she put herself in a position to be drunk and therefore whatever happened to her, happened. In the later episodes 5 and 6, we see Parin seem to realize that he was mistaken about her, she is a good person, not a slut like he thought and she wasn’t a drunk whore slept with anyone for money like her friend said. He starts to try to help her behind the scenes in episode 6, so on.

Rape in So Wayree

There are sooo many problems with this lakorn, I don’t even know where to begin.

Photo by Josie Stephens on Pexels.com

Myth: Women shouldn’t go out alone at night as they are likely to get raped.

Fact: Only one in 10 of rapes are committed by ‘strangers’. 

Source: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/about-sexual-violence/myths-vs-realities/
  1. Being careless/making a mistake doesn’t excuse rape. First, there was a moment in the drama where Mitra’s father learns what happened and he says to Mitra, you were guilty because you were careless and Parin says something similar, that she put herself in a situation like that by being drunk. 🥵There’s so much wrong with that. Nobody can be careful all the time, we’re human, we’re going to make mistakes. So if by his metric, we happened to have a car break down in a bad neighborhood, or we overslept and got to work late and we had to stay late because of that and something happened to us, we were raped or hurt, that’s our fault? Those things happened to me, fortunately I was safe, but I guess I shouldn’t be since I wasn’t being careful enough. NOBODY is capable of being careful, proactive or mistake free 100% or even more than 60% of the time I would say. We’re only human. We’re not robots.
  2. Not being a virgin doesn’t excuse rape. Parin is told by Naphasiri that Mitra has slept with lots of guys and I guess that gave him the green light to rape because he says or implies numerous times that he thought she is/was a slut (even though there was blood on the bed after the rape). Regardless, whether she or anyone is a virgin or not doesn’t and shouldn’t give anyone leeway to rape them. Lakorns are notorious for this really. Often times, we see the ‘bad girls’ in lakorns, like in Marn Bang Jai being raped and she is never saved by anyone. Many lakorns have the good virginal girl, the nang’ek in situations where there’s an attempted rape and she’s usually saved by the hero (aka Prom Pissawat). The main exception to this is if the hero tries and/or rapes the heroine himself (no saving nang’ek from that!) and most slap and kiss lakorns are like that, with the rape mostly resulting in a romantic relationship and a happy ending. (And yeah, that’s a whole another discussion I don’t have space to write about now).
  3. Being drunk (or not) doesn’t excuse rape. Uh, do I even need to explain this? In fact, I would say being drunk means you can’t really give consent, so having sex with someone who’s drunk is a no-no. Mitra doesn’t know what happened, the lakorn makes it plain she and her friends were not drinking (though even if they were, that still wouldn’t excuse raping her), and her friend drugged her, but so far only the friend knows this and most assumed she was drunk, including Parin.
  4. Personal responsibility – a double standard. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use our brains that God gave us to protect ourselves, that’s just common sense of course. Yes, we should be careful where we are and what we do and educate ourselves, but this same argument is NEVER used for the rapist. Parin never seems to think about his own responsibility to like not rape someone, to make sure they are consenting to sex and oh, maybe actually use his brain at times. Instead, he and others rationalize their behavior so much it’s ridiculous. Parin’s father hears about the incident and basically claps him on the back and says good job, that Parin won’t be hurt at all from people knowing he is promiscuous. So Mitra should have been careful, but Parin did a good job, according to the views in this lakorn.

In conclusion

I want to make it clear that these views or myths about rape are widespread in every country to some degree and in many dramas besides lakorns (Koreans had to deal with a number of real life rape issues regarding a number of popular actors like Kang Ji Hwan recently), so this isn’t just a Thailand/lakorn problem, it’s much, much more pervasive than that. But this is a blog mostly based on lakorns, and So Wayree is a currently airing lakorn that features rape, so it seems like the ideal time to tackle this subject.

The lakorn tries to redeem Parin, he’s a great son, good at his job, likes kids, but all I can think is the dude paid someone to have sex, a drunk person at that. This doesn’t seem like my idea of a good person, or even a bad person. That seems pure evil. And yet, I liked Kawee and Sawan Biang (2008), so why does this bother me more? I’m not sure, maybe because it’s the first picture we get of Parin as a rapist. Or, quite frankly, while both Kem and Mookda are okay actors, neither of them are on the same level as Ken or Ann in Sawan Biang. Maybe also most rapes in lakorns are framed as being impulsive, spur of the moment fits of anger/jealousy or both and that’s what makes this cold blooded rape seem especially heinous.

Good chemistry, but the story is a no no.

Regardless, this lakorn really leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth. There are some things to like here, kids are cute, Parin’s half brother Chanathip might be a lazy spoiled rich kid, but he’s also treats his girlfriend with respect, is horrified by Parin’s treatment of Mitra and seems an overall nice guy. And Mitra seems like she may become a stronger person or at least she’s trying to become one. I also like how Parin’s friend Gun tells him some home truths about his behavior.

Boss Chanakan Poonsiriwong as Chanathip

But this lakorn embraces and justifies the many rape tropes and myths out there without trying to challenge them in any way. There’s these underlying assumptions that we’re supposed to be okay with and that’s not right. I really don’t know if I can keep watching it, as it doesn’t seem likely to change, but I see a number of people raving about this lakorn, so maybe I will watch more to write more about this lakorn. It is not okay.

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Monday Meeting – Watching Now and future

I’ve been debating actually using Instagram (I never have really, just go there to look at other actors) as it occurred to me I would love to give a little feedback on what I’m watching as I watch episodes by episode, even when I don’t have a lot to say. For now, I’m just using this space to mourn the ending of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and talk about what I’m watching now.

Watching Now

That’s the smile I had on my face watching the last episode of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay just ended this Sunday and I did a whirlwind marathon of the last episodes. 😍 Strong ending I think that satisfied most fans. I thought some episodes in the middle of the drama weren’t as strong, especially a few episodes that focused more on side characters then the three main leads, whom I absolutely love. Regardless of the few qualms I had about that, this is definitely going on my Top 3 drama list. Just an outstanding drama on every level, from the directing, the music, the acting, even the writing for the most part.

Mia Archeep (2020)

Mia Archeep (2020) I’ve watched 8 out of what looks to be 14 episodes and this is a solid lakorn. I’ve read some criticisms about the male lead Dit and him not trusting her, being overly possessive and so on and those are true. But the heroine Lada was lying to him and he finds out so for him to trust her now is a bit unrealistic as they’re a pretty new couple still. Dit did take advantage of Lada in basically forcing her to live with him, and I’m also looking askew at him talking about and acting like Lada is someone he can buy, but the reality is that Lada herself put herself in a position to be bought. I looked at Dit’s views and actions more as payback at Lada for hurting him rather than his actual beliefs on women.

Outside of this very familiar lakorn territory, I’m loving Lada’s fierce comebacks and sly smirks as she gives back as good as she gets. This is NOT standard lakorn territory. Lada is at once the standard sweet, good nang’ek, but she schemes and plots like a nang’rai to capture Dit’s attention at times. By the way, the couple have been for several episodes committed to dating each other, so while Lada was coerced by her employer into the relationship, they’ve also made a commitment apart from it to each other without coercion. Obviously, the whole relationship is based on coercion, so we shouldn’t overlook that and it is important, but I think on the whole, the lakorn does a good job of showing two people falling in love and getting to know each other better.

Prom Pissawat

Prom Pissawat looks to be 16 episodes long, and I’m 5 episodes in. Prom Pissawat is like that car accident that you can’t help looking at as you drive by. This is packed galore with so many standard lakorn or just drama cliches, the evil stepmom AND stepsibling (although she might be redeemable later), the abusive pra’ek who thinks all women are EVIL, the scheming women who try to thwart the main couple and on and on and on, gambling debt, forced kisses, etc.

There’s not really one area that really elevates this lakorn above the mediocre. I like the songs, the acting, eh to okay, characters same, storyline nothing new, and so on. I’ve left many a drama for worse. I was planning to drop this lakorn, yet, with some time on my hands, I watched another episode. Why? I don’t know.😀 So I may or may not continue this. But for what’s it worth, if you like the slap and kiss genre, the clingy and possessive male who chases the female, this is that drama.

The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020)

I’m halfway through the 24 episodes of The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) and still loving it! The joy of a drama that pokes fun at itself! For those who don’t know, this cdrama is about a screenwriter who somehow ends up in her own story, so she puzzles at some of her choices she made like this side character she just invented to further the plot. It’s fun, it’s tongue in cheek and I love that we see the male lead chasing her, while she’s attempting to push him into the arms of the heroine of her story which isn’t her. Definitely worth the watch. I put this aside for a bit as it was still airing and picked it up again now to renewed love.

I’ve also got a pile of dramas I’ve put on hold or dropped or only watch sporadically that I don’t want to talk about now, so let’s go on to the plan to watch list.

Plan to Watch

So just about all the dramas I’ve talked about on this site are ones I plan on checking out, 😂, which is why I wrote about them in the first place, but these are ones I’ll probably write about.

Upcoming lakorn So Wayree (2020)

So Wayree (2020) This lakorn is finally airing August 14 and it’s one I’ve had my eye on for a long time! So I’m definitely going to check this out. It’s got secret babies, twins, hate to love relationship, you name it! Neko will be English subbing this! Yay Neko!

Synopsis: Two hotel moguls, once family friends since the grandparents generation now sworn enemies, are fighting over who will reign supreme. Prinoot never thought that he would be part of the hatred. Although his father is the son in law of Sirimontra, his mom was only a mistress who was abandoned in America. Growing up he never knew what having a father was like. Pramida is the only heiress to the famous Emporium real estate mogul. She was pulled into this warring game after being drugged and sent to Prinoot as ransom. 4 years later, she came back with a set of twins but she told everyone that those were her siblings. Prinoot and Pramida meet again but standing on opposite sides of the line as sworn enemies. Although they have the twins, not as chains of love but chains of enemies that tied them together unwillingly. (Source: asianfuse.net)

I enjoyed the first season and now Stranger 2 (2020) starts this week and I assume it will be airing on Netflix as well. The last season didn’t have any romance, so I suspect this one won’t either, however if you want to watch a good mystery/thriller drama, I would bank on this drama!

Synopsis: The prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae Ha, want discretionary power over investigations. Meanwhile, the police, including Choi Bit, tries to get complete investigative authority that is independent of the prosecutor’s office. Under this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok and Detective Han Yeo Jin chase after the truth in a hidden case. (Source: AsianWiki)

What are you watching now? In the future?

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Watching Now – 4 Mini-reviews!

It’s now the month of July and I’m watching a number of airing dramas all at the same time! That never happens with me! But currently I’m watching It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), Marn Bang Jai (2020), Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) and My Husband in Law (2020) and liking them all to various degrees! Keep reading for more thoughts on these dramas! Spoilers ahead!

Four Mini-Reviews

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Synopsis: The story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won (approximately $1,520) a month and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process. Moon Kang Tae is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who was blessed with everything including a great body, smarts, ability to sympathize with others, patience, ability to react quickly, stamina, and more. Meanwhile, Go Moon Young is a popular writer of children’s literature, but she is extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude. (Source: Soompi & Koreandrama.org)

Have you ever enjoyed a book or movie or tv show so much that you’re reluctant to move on, wanting to savor the magic? Two episodes in, I’m feeling strangely reluctant to continue watching IOTNBO. IOTNBO surprised me on so many different levels. There were visual surprises by the director, as well as surprises in how characters reacted to something or what they did and it is good. Marvelous. Awesome. Stupendous. I’ve written a recap of the 1st episode here and am expecting to continue the recaps. This is the masterpiece drama I was thinking The King: Eternal Monarch would be. I’m already dreading the end of this drama. On Netflix.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Payakorn Sorn Ruk

Payakorn Sorn Ruk Synopsis: Rosita gets into a car accident and suddenly gets a talent where she sees the future when she touches a rose. She becomes a famous fortune teller. One day, she makes a prediction in public to reporters that Theeruth, a famous actor, will make a woman pregnant and have a secret child. That prediction gets Theeruth into trouble and their relationship becomes antagonistic from that day.

A few years later, there is a charity event and the host invites Theeruth and four celebrities as special guests, and also invites Rosita to tell their fortunes. Five celebrities choose different roses and give them to her to read. Once Rosita touches those roses, she sees sweet scenes of Theeruth and herself hugging, kissing and loving each other very much. She is so shocked. Her reaction is so strange and the five celebrities are very curious about what she saw. Rosita does not tell anyone and claims that she saw nothing. But all the guests do not believe her.

After that day, something strange happens to her. She is attacked by someone and the suspect is one of the five celebrities whose fortunes she had read. The biggest suspect is Theeruth who had always been her opponent. But one day, he coincidentally saves her from the criminal and also offers to let her live with him as it is the safest place for her since everyone thinks that they are opponents. Their relationship improves little by little from that day through many dangerous situations to find the real criminal who wants to kill Rosita. (Source: James Ji Fansub)


James Jirayu is wonderful as Theeruth, coming off as strong, caring and compassionate. Ice Preechaya as Rosita also does a good job, but I think this is really James’ lakorn. This is a pretty solid production in terms of story, directing, acting, but also doesn’t really stand out outside of James so it leaves me little to say. The first two or so episodes were setup, and then we started to learn more about the story of the celebrities that Rosita told the fortunes about. We get more background about these celebrities and their motives. Minor spoilers ahead for episodes 1-6.

In just about every episode, Rosita is attacked and rescued at least once, if not more than once, although the methods and means vary. We’ve also been whittling down the list of suspects so after 6 episodes, with 3 suspects left, I wonder how they’re going to fill in the time for the remaining 7 episodes. Hopefully they’ll have some surprises left, because it feels like I know pretty much all there is to know about who’s trying to kill Rosita and why.

Another facet of this lakorn that I’m enjoying is the slow burn relationship between Rosita and Theeruth. They first start off as enemies, then reluctant allies, and finally we’re beginning to see a growing relationship between the two. Theeruth becomes more and more protective of Rosita, so much so that there’s some rivalry between him and Rosita’s boyfriend. Looking forward to seeing more of their relationship and this lakorn! Subbed by Muse

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Marn Bang Jai

Marn Bang Jai (2020) Synopsis: Fuenglada studies at a boarding school and her father lives with his new wife Soithong and stepdaughter Soisoun. One day on the way to see Fuenglada, her father had an accident with Taen’s car and passes away. Taen is a rich widower with one daughter and lives with his brother Tai. On knowing that Soithong is trying to sell Fuenglada to an old Chinese man, he offers to marry her himself and thus begins their marriage life. Path to a peaceful love is not easy with Tai being suspicious of Fuenglada’s family and Soithong trying to make Soun closer to Taen

Marn Bang Jai (2020) should be around 15 episodes and it has one of my favorite tropes, marriage of convenience, which I love along with Weir Sukollawat as Taen and Mookda Narinrak as Fuenglada. I’m on ep 7, so I’ve seen a little less then half. So far, episodes 1-6 have only been the setup for the marriage, which is a bummer. During that time, they’ve introduced the villain who causes the marriage because he’s owed money by the Fuenglada’s stepmom and he wants Fuenglada as the payment. There’s also another woman, Montira, a friend of the family who’s after Taen and uses his daughter to try to get to him. But like most pra’eks in lakorns, Taen remains oblivious to her scheming and Montira has free rein of his house.

Taen also has a younger brother who’s a cop, Tai (played by Yotsawat Tawapee) and Fuenglada has a stepsister Soisoun (Noey Paphada Klinsuman) she is close to, as well as a trouble making stepmom who’s always on the lookout for more money. Before watching the show, I assumed that I would like it for all the reasons I mentioned above, the marriage, Weir. But the marriage isn’t here yet and Weir as Taen is pretty much sleepwalking through this, plus the relationship between him and Fuenglada have been mostly adversarial on her part and him treating her like a kid (yet having a lot of undue interest in her at the same time 😁). So I’ve been enjoying this show for different reasons, namely the growing relationship between Tai and Soisoun. SPOILERS BELOW!

We can see Soisoun is attracted to Tai from their first meeting, though it’s less obvious on Tai’s part as he has a girlfriend already. Soisoun gets on about her life and they meet again through different situations and become friends. Soisoun tries to play it cool, and even helps Tai in his relationship troubles, but it’s obvious she has a thing for him. As the series continues, we see they have a lot more in common than Tai does with his girlfriend, and he starts seeking her out more and more, and Tai hasn’t yet realized that he sees her as more than just a friend. This relationship is nuanced and realistic and the main reason for my score, as the rest of the lakorn is pretty cliched and trite. I am also enjoying some of the humor in the lakorn, as well as the relationship between the sensible, nice Soisoun and her selfish mom, who’s always exclaiming, are you really my child? because they think so differently. Subbed by Neko

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Husband in Law

My Husband in Law (2020) Synopsis: 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)

My Husband in Law (2020) is a 15 episode lakorn told from the pov of Muey, who’s been in love with Thien since they first met. I wrote a recap of episode 1 here, and was impressed by it as it seemed like the beginning of a beautiful marriage of convenience story as Muey marries Thien to save his life (literally). Then ep 2 changed the lakorn to a workplace setting and I thought, whoa, so it’s a workplace romance? Then ep 3 happened to leave a bad taste in my mouth and I don’t know if I want to continue recapping this. Spoiler ahead so highlight it to read:

In ep 3, Muey gets drunk and attempts to rape Thien and the whole thing is played for laughs. Now mind you, I love Sawan Biang which contained multiple rapes (and has the same director by the way), but I didn’t expect to see this in a romantic comedy and worse, played for laughs as if it’s not important. Why even go there? This seemed like such a throwback to older lakorns that it felt out of place. The whole scene seemed sooo unnecessary and stupid.

Muey’s look at Thien.

Then I went on to watch episode 4. And it took off into an entirely different direction from the previous episodes. Now I’m thinking I have to watch the whole series before I review anything, because honestly I don’t know what’s going on, what’s real or not. Maybe I missed something? Part of the problem is it seems to want to incorporate different genres and that’s hard to do.

By the way, there are things I very much like about this lakorn. The humor can be spot on, the way Muey looks at Thien, and moments of surprising impact, like when Muey and Thien are at the beach. So for now… Available at Muse, dimsum.my.

A big reason to continue the show.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What Next?

July Goal: My goal is to continue watching these dramas and I have a few more I want to look out for Duang Baeb Nee Mai Mee Ju and Train (2020).

What are you watching now?

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Watching Now – Mini-reviews!

Yeah, it’s May 🥰! Let’s hope for a great month everyone! This past month, I attempted to reach the goals I made in this post. Did I succeed? What did I watch and what did I think of them? Keep reading to find out!

So my goals for the month of April. I will try to finish 2 lakorns from lists below and I will attempt to watch one episode of at least 4-5 lakorns to give a first impression or some other type of post on.

What I Watched

I did finish 2 lakorns, but I cheated a little bit and finished only one from the list and one that was somewhat similar to it. I did watch the 1st episode of Sapai Import (2020), but honestly I can’t remember much about it, which should tell you all you need to know. I’ve already talked about Tawan Arb Dao (2020), so no need to go back over it. Jao Sao Chang Yon 2018 has one of those marriage of conveniences plots that I love, I’m halfway through the lakorn and they’re just now finally beginning to show their feelings for each other. I’m not sure the story, which is really basic about bad guys trying to take over corporation, is enough to sustain my interest either. Overall, I would give myself a B+ in accomplishing my April goals.

Three Mini-Reviews

Likit Haeng Jan 2019 Synopsis: On the night of a full moon, two people from two different worlds that look alike switch places. From the past is Duangkaew, a conservative and quiet girl, whereas from the present is Opal, a girl who is tomboyish and outspoken. When these two switch places, what will happen to them and the people in each world?

One show I’m enjoying now is Likit Haeng Jan 2019. In some ways, this reminds me very much of Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018), with a likable and free spirited heroine (nang-ek) going around causing trouble in ancient history. There is also a developing romance, well, two of them actually, and yes, it’s fun. I’m already wondering how this is going to end, because the nang’ek is not stuck in ancient times like the heroine of Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018) was.

I also like the fact that the nang’ek is a cop and that comes into play in how she goes about life in ancient times, from rescuing people, to conducting self defense classes and so on. It gives her character a purpose that I thought was lacking in nang’ek in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018). I’m still watching this one, so no rating for now.

A Gift to the People You Hate (AGTTPYH)- I thought just about everything about this 10 episode lakorn was great! The sets, the style, the directing all made this a production to rival any Hollywood production. Even the acting of the mysterious shopkeeper perfectly fit the ambiance and look of the production.

Synopsis: 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.


Storywise, the plot is connected overall through the characters who interact with each other and often give each other gifts. There is a pretty big change in focus midway through the lakorn were the lakorn shifts focus to the wider world outside the school yard. I thought this elevated the story to another level. I don’t want to give too much away, but just remember that this is a horror lakorn, so there is tragedy and death involved. I could quibble about the acting, but overall, the quality of this lakorn was simply miles above anything else I’ve seen recently. I would give it 4 1/2 stars because I think the story could have been even better.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Girl from Nowhere Synopsis: 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.

Girl from Nowhere (2018) is a 13 episode lakorn featuring a girl named Nanno, who is a mysterious student who appears in schools and causes havoc. There are some two part episodes, but otherwise unlike AGTTPYH, the only real connection between the episodes is Nanno. Some of the episodes were better than others, but I would have liked to get to know Nanno more, who is still almost just as mysterious at the end of the show as she was at the beginning. I never got a handle on exactly what is the underlying message of the story is supposed to be either, maybe because Nanno herself remained such an enigma till the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What Next?

May Goal: My May goal is to finish one lakorn and to watch 2-3 lakorns from this list or my to watch list.

I really wanted to watch a 2020 lakorn My Husband in Law (2020), but no subs for now except on dimsum.my apparently. 😥 GMM will have more new dramas since they usually finish the lakorns before airing them. Not a big fan of youth dramas, but WHO ARE YOU (2020) is a lakorn I might have to look into.

Older lakorns: Mook Liam Petch (2012) has a crazy bada** female lead and I’m looking for more characters like that.  I Hate You, I Love You (2016) I just learned is a story told from 5 different perspectives. Interesting technique that reminds me of Rashomon (1950) so that peaked my interest. Only 5 episodes too.

2019 Lakorns: Kao Waan Hai Noo Pen Sai Lub (2019), Plerng Prang Tian 2019, Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan 2019

Lakorns I need to finishRa Rerng Fai 2017, Jao Sao Jum Yorm 2018, Jao Sao Chang Yon 2018, Likit Haeng Jan 2019, Love at First Hate (2018)

What are you watching now?

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Watching Now – Set a Goal!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my lakorn watching. Sadly, I’m behind and I think I know what to blame. This year, I watched more Chinese dramas then ever before! (Worth every minute 😘!

But that means I’ve lost drama watching time that I would’ve spent watching lakorns, and I also watched less Korean dramas this year. It’s only weeks till the end of the year, so it’s time to set a goal!

So far in 2019, I’ve only finished 2, Pidsawat and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019). So I’m definitely behind. These are the lakorns I want to finish, or at least 3 of them: The Sand Princess, Ra Rerng Fai, Plerng Prang Tian, My Love From Another Star, Jao Sao Chang Yon. I decided to concentrate on 2019 lakorns. I’ll finish the lakorns in the order listed above, I’m halfway through The Sand Princess, so I should two weeks each for two more lakorns to watch and finish. Piece of cake!🎂

But wait. The Stranded (2019) is on Netflix and only 7 episodes? And there’s a Thai version of Tunnel (2019), a Korean drama I loved about time travel?!!!! And of course, I watched the first episode of Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan (2019) and Voice (2019). I enjoyed them both! But Tunnel? Tunnel’s on netflix. I… I’m so weak. I really just want to watch them all.

What are you watching now?

Watching Now

Do you go through moods? Marathon lakorns or watch none? Or maybe just watch an episode or two and then drop it? What lakorns are you watching now?

It’s getting near the end of the year now, and I usually look at what I’ve watched and try to finish up dramas so I can start anew next year. I’m watching a number of different lakorns, as well as other dramas, sporadically. Like I’ll watch an episode here, then a different lakorn and so on. I’m finding a number of lakorns I do want to watch, or continue watching, but I have to slug through a part I hate, like I don’t really like the bickering couple who just bicker before they fall in love. Or what about a stupid misunderstanding? 🙄

In 2018, I watched 5 lakorns. So far in 2019, I’ve only finished 2, Pidsawat and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019). So I’m definitely behind. These are the lakorns I want to finish, or at least 3 of them: The Sand Princess, Ra Rerng Fai, Plerng Prang Tian, My Love From Another Star, Jao Sao Chang Yon.

When I think about why I’m stuck with some lakorns, it’s for a variety of reasons. I usually like to watch dramas after they’ve finish, sorry, My Love From Another Star. In The Sand Princess, a love triangle that I suspected was formed and so my enthusiasm has waned. For the rest, sometimes you just have to be in the right mood. But anyway, my goal is to finish at least 3 more lakorns before the end of the year.

What are you watching now?