Mia Taeng review

Mia Taeng (2011) features a lovely, strong yet soft-spoken heroine, or nang-ek, a handsome, but emotionally iq challenged leading man (pra -ek), the typical hysterical lakorn witch of an ex girlfriend, bitter schemes of revenge, and family grievances. In other words, a typical lakorn. But is it worth watching?

Synopsis: Kongkai lives his life as a playboy, so his mother wants him to get married with a girl who can make him better. So, she forces him to marry with Arunprapai, a good girl she finds for him. Arunprapai accepts to marry with a guy who she doesn’t love to avoid the rumor that she commits adultery with Phuchong, her ex-boyfriend who is going to have a baby with another girl by accident. However, Kongkai and Arunprapai’s marriage life is not smooth because Kongkai also has girlfriend named Prungchat and she wants to get him back. (Credits to Wishboniko)

😁 Smiles😁: Love, love Arunprapai. She’s a great non-typical lakorn nang-ek who keeps calm, and collected. Although Arunprapai makes mistakes, she tries to face them squarely and not blame other people for her own mistakes, including that of marrying Kongkai. I appreciated the fact that she keeps her eye on what’s important, thinks long term, and she downplays things, rather than makes scenes. Soooo refreshing!

One of the things I liked about the plot was that there were a number of things going on that was related to the summary I provided above, but the plot goes beyond the summary. Actually, a big part of the story was centered around the conflict between two families, Kongkai’s family and his girlfriend Bproong’s family.

The music in this lakorn was also a real bonus. The soundtrack definitely enhanced the romance of the lakorn.

☹ Frowns ☹ : I know a lot of people would have a problem with the hero. He’s so obtuse and his actions, such as continuing to carry on with his girlfriend after his marriage, won’t win him many fans. I’m no fan of Kongkai, but I tolerated and enjoyed his character in part because of the way his stupidity was pointed at and made fun of in the lakorn itself.

The romance also seemed kinda lopsided. I could see why Kongkai goes for Arunprapai (who wouldn’t? She’s pretty, well-mannered, softspoken and intelligent), but outside of being handsome and a mama’s boy, I kinda don’t get why Arunprapai likes Kongkai. However, there is some chemistry between them.

The editing for the lakorn seemed rushed at times, and definitely not smooth. I wondered a number of times, especially at the end, whether there was a missing scene or something.

Final rating Guilty Pleasure Galore
I suspect my score is slightly inflated by the fun I had watching this. I think I’ll have to watch it again to see if it holds up.
But the bottom line is that if you can stand Kongkai’s being an idiot, the lakorn is enjoyable to watch if you’re looking for a typical lakorn to watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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What’s Next?

Another lakorn about the forest. Should we consider this a genre, the forest genre, lol? Roy Pah (2020) just started on Channel 7 on 3/20/2020. It reminds me somewhat of Hua Jai Patapee, another lakorn set in the forest. We have a new pairing here,
BigM Krittarit 
and Pupe Kessarin. No word yet if it will be subbed.

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Synopsis: The story is about a ranger who stands firm on his ideology against illegal logging, even if it makes him arrest the father of the woman he loves. His love life is ruined when he’s framed of killing her mother, and he needs to prove his innocence to get her back. In the meantime, she ends up engaged to the heir of a millionaire just to spite him, but she doesn’t know that the guy plans to build his resort on a forest. (Source: MyDramaList)

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Tuesday's Teaser: Tawan Arb Dao

Twin stories are a staple in lakornland, and now we have Tawan Arb Dao (2020) airing on Channel 7 on March 26. Our pra’ek is Kem Hussawee, who disguises himself as his twin for revenge. Naturally, there are many pitfalls he must avoid. Currently, this is on Thippy’s list to sub.

Tawan Arb Dao (2020) synopsis: Siwakorn disguises himself as Siwath, his twin brother in order to investigate his death. He tries to avoid sleeping with Chorprae who is Siwath’s lover and meets Daopradub, Chorprae’s daughter who was called out from abroad to help with the family’s company. (Source: MyDramaList)

There are definitely similarities in plot between this lakorn and kdrama Resurrection (2005), namely male twins, one is killed and the other one investigates his death, but it doesn’t seem to be a remake. Hopefully, this lakorn will have some of the intensity and great acting of Resurrection.

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Music Monday

Twins. Another not very favorite trope of mine, overdone and usually done badly. But when it works like in Lom Sorn Ruk? 😍. There are a few dramas and lakorns that does things right, and more importantly, it looks like this trope is not going away. Song Sanaeha (2020) is also coming up, starring Kimberley Voltemas and James Ma which also looks appealing and I talked about here.

Lom Sorn Ruk (2015) synopsis:

Nadech plays a twin; one is a doctor and the other one is a businessman. Each of them have their on love interest. Patarin is a young girl weak towards the world and thought that her boyfriend gave his love to her sincerely but realized she got deceived and was used as a tool. Now she has to pay for the things he left her to pay. One day she goes home to her birthplace in the countryside to rest and treat her deeply injured heart. Patarin meets and receives an offer from Pranon, a doctor who is an idealist to marry with him to deceive his parents in exchange for a large sum of money for her to pay off her debt. Nadech also plays the twin and businessman named Pran. Pran has his own loveline with Anna.

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