Monday’s Meeting: Subbing Now And What to Watch

Well, I was busy watching dramas and finishing them last week, so now I’m looking for what to watch next. I just finished Mia Archeep, The Romance of Tiger and Rose and Missing Persons (all were pretty great!) and now what? I’m still slow watching some dramas, but nothing I feel that compelled to watch. Time to catch up on what’s being subbed now in the subbing community. Maybe I’ll just try to finish more dramas this month, but regardless, I see a number of subbers are going back and subbing older lakorns, which, Yeah! I like that.

THIPPY

Thippy picked up two currently airing lakorns, revenge lakorn Fah Mee Tawan (2020) and horror lakorn Ngao Boon and is continuing to sub an older lakorn from before, Prao (2014) or Proud in English.

Fah Mee Tawan (2020) – Paul hates Net, the woman who harmed and took the position of his mother, kicked her out of the house causing her to die in pain. 20 years later, Paul returns and finds Net owns the jewelry company owned by him. In revenge, Paul deliberately seduces Net. But Paul falls in love with Naen, the girl Net raised at the suggestion of Paul’s father, although she doesn’t love Naen. Singkorn is Net’s lover, but he has plans for Naen. Singkorn has known Naen for many years and has never given up on his intentions to Naen, which makes Naen feel very awkward. (Source: Lakorn World @ WordPress)

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Ngao Boon – Sita lost her father and must face the bad people that intend to steal her inheritance. The good thing she has her boyfriend Worachon as her moral support. Besides the bad people, she must also face her parents who became pretas (hungry ghosts) who received their karma with torture. The only way they can be free is for Sita to release all 12 types of pretas. How will Sita find a solution? And will forgiveness be the answer to their freedom or not? (Source:ohsweetHaven)

(Source: MyDramaList)

NEKO

Neko also picked up a currently airing drama, Kwam Song Jum See Jang (2020), but is also continuing to sub an older lakorn, Baan Sila Dang (2015) which is notable as one of the few twin lakorns that actually feature twin actresses!

Kwam Song Jum See Jang (2020) – Pang is an ordinary girl who fights for justice, kind-hearted, and fights the obstacles that life brings her. Pang has an older brother that she loves dearly, but was separated since she was a child. It’s been over a decade since Pang’s older brother disappeared from her life. She has prayed throughout the years that she will be able to see him again. On the other hand, Phu is a stern and serious person with a career, family, status but with just one exception; no memory of his childhood. One day, Pang meets Phu at a company she starts working at thinking that her co-worker is a good and warm-hearted person. She confesses to him that her first impression of him was that she thought he was her older brother, but puts it aside. In the end, she discovers that he’s her older brother. What will happen to these siblings? (Source: Thairath)

(Source: MyDramaList)

MUSE

Muse is currently English subbing just one lakorn right now, Duay Rang Atitharn (2018), after finishing a slew of currently airing lakorns, including Leh Game Rak (2020), Mia Archeep (2020) and Peek Hong (2020). Hats off to this team. They also will begin subbing a number of lakorns airing later in September and early next month such as Roy Leh Marnya (2020).

Duay Rang Atitharn (2018) – Worada is a naive and weak young woman. She’s the daughter of a rich man and his unlawful wife, even though her mother was the first wife. Her father has a married wife (legal one) and has another daughter who is younger than Worada. Worada’s step-mother and half-sister hate her. Her half-sister hates her mostly also because she loves Krit, Worada’s lover.

One day, Krit tells Worada that he wants to see her at night. That night she was waiting for Krit and was hit on the head without knowing who did it. When she wakes up, she finds herself inside the underground shelter (that she and Krit accidently discovered and kept it as a secret). She thinks that Krit wanted to kill her. Inside the shelter, she is hungry, cold and tired. Before she dies, she makes a strong vow that if she is born again, she will be a much stronger person and seek revenge against the people who hurt her. Then she dies.

Worada was born again as Nattamon. Nattamon is a girl who has a supernatural power. She is a very strong girl, but always has nightmares. When she grows up, she finds out why she was reborn and starts to seek revenge. When she meets Krit again (he is in his 40’s while Nattamon is in her 20’s), she thinks that he is the person who tried to kill her. Meanwhile, Krit has been single ever since Worada died and is happy to see the woman he always loved came back. (Source: AsianFuse Wiki)

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Roy Leh Marnya (2020) – Pitcha a girl whose personality is confident, modern, and outgoing, moreover, she is the CEO of an organizing company. However, she was really unlucky because her husband was really playboy and throughout her life, she waited for the time that her bad husband turns to a good and loyal husband. When she finally realized that her husband will never change, she decides that she doesn’t want to be together with the men with no loyalty and gets pursues a divorce.

Ramin is a smart lawyer who is helping Pitcha divorce her bad husband. While Ramin is helping Pitcha, he falls in love with her and finds out that Pitcha was his childhood best friend. Even though Ramin loves Pitcha, Ramin motto for love was not achieving instead it was giving. As Pitcha faces many difficulties throughout her married life, she is really scared to start her new life with love. So will Ramin and Pitcha get happy marriage life at the end? (Source: Collin Hypercuz at MyDramaList)

(Source: OhSweetHaven)

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What to Watch

I’m still watching Stranger 2 (2020), but the plot is so riddled with legal terms and maneuvers that honestly I know I’m missing a lot of the nuances of what’s happening. This is one drama that you have to rewatch to gain a full understanding of. I might still continue watching Prom Pissawat, and So Wayree, but I’m not sure I have anything more to say about either drama.

Was going to finish Prom Pissawat since I’m halfway through it, but really not feeling it right now.

I do want to finish Likit Haeng Jan and 2017’s Korean drama Black, or maybe Ra Raerng Fai or Plerng Prang Tian.

I’ve barely watched any Japanese doramas this year, so I do want to start more, maybe a short 4 episode drama like Kokoro no Kizu wo Iyasu to Iu Koto. I’ll probably also catch a few episodes of Fah Mee Tawan (2020), Kwam Song Jum See Jang (2020) and/or Duay Rang Atitharn (2018), but I doubt I’ll watch these series in full. So that’s my plans for the rest of September. Lots of exciting dramas I’m looking forwards to in October!

Subbing Now

So we’re getting a number of new projects being subbed now. By the way, I don’t post about cable/digital dramas being released on GMM youtube channel, but they do English sub their lakorns on a regular basis, so I urge people to subscribe to their channel to keep up. With the fansubbers, it’s much more unclear which lakorns will be subbed and when, so I think it’s more important to focus on them.

NEKO

Some new projects on the horizon! Neko is finishing up Marn Bang Jai and continuing to slowly sub the lakorn, Baan Sila Dang (2015). She has picked up two new projects, Mia Archeep and Prom Pissawat (2020).

Prom Pissawat (2020)This is the story of God bringing two unlikely people from different parts of the world together. Plapol, a half Korean-half Thai man who grew up in Korea his whole life but chose to escape to Thailand sees his new step-mother as just another gold digger after his dad’s wealth. He pretty much thinks that of all women because his mother disappeared from his life since divorcing his dad when he was young. With hatred for his step-mother, Plapol decided to go to Thailand to find his mother.

While in Thailand, Plapol goes to a bar and meets a young woman named Pantawan, a sexy singer who’s popular among the men there. He views her in the same light as the other women he has come across in his life. However, Pantawan is not that type of woman and doesn’t take insult from anyone especially from a misogynistic man like him. The two always get in a fight but eventually they came to an understanding and fell in love. But after love blossomed, all is not rosy for Plapol and Pantawan because of one truth that gets revealed: Pantawan’s mother is Plapol’s new step-mother. (Source: NinjaKKN)

(Source: MyDramaList)

THIPPY

Thippy is still working on currently airing lakorn Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) which looks like it will have 30 episodes and Prao (2014) or Proud in English. She just finished English subbing Tawan Arb Dao (2020).

Por Mai Lek Tai Song Tua (2020) – When Panu’s twin children Oley & Nene wants Karaked, a teacher, to be their step mom, the two starts to play cupid. But their obstacles are General Samurjai, Karaked’s father who tries every way to intervene between Panu and Karaked and the twin’s maternal grandmother Khun Nuankae, who wants to take custody of the two children. So Panu must use his love and sincerity to prove to everyone.

(Source: OhSweetHaven)

MUSE

Muse is still working on English subbing a number of lakorns like Leh Game Rak (2020), Raeng Tian (2019) and Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020). They have picked up a number of new projects though, including Fai Sin Chua (2020) and Mia Archeep.

Mia Archeep (2020)The Plan is a business that turns women into perfect ladies for a man, which is managed by Mr. Robert. He calls these women the “Ideal Wife”. Chollada is from a middle-class family who became a perfect and educated lady by The Plan. She was considered to be a great product from the company. Mr. Robert thinks she’s perfect for Kasidit and tries to invite him for this service many times. Kasidit starts to think of this as a fun game, so he accepts it and meets Chollada. It’s no longer a game for him when he falls in love with her, but he doesn’t know if she truly likes him or if it’s a set up by The Plan.

(Source: MyDramaList)

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay – Recap 3

Our quest through fairyland continues with a cursed castle, ghosts and even, a Sleeping Beauty (or two)! Along the way, we get further insights into our main characters Moon Young and Kang Tae. My recap of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) Chapter 3 Sleeping Witch begins now.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Synopsis:

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020): 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)

Episode 2 Recap

In the hospital we learn was built where a cemetery used to be (Poltergiest anyone?), Moon Young meets Kang Tae again, whom she calls her red shoes. So they speak and Kang Tae basically tells her he doesn’t want her there, and she tells him that she’s surprised by the way he grew up, how he evolved to which he replies, does she know him? She tells him that when she wants something pretty, she takes it, steals it and otherwise make sure she gets it.

Director Oh Ji Wang of Ok Psychiatric Hospital

Then Moon Young goes to see the director of the hospital about her father and she seems completely uninterested in what he says, as the doctor/director tells her her father seems to have a brain tumor, his memory is messed up, and he keeps saying things that makes no sense. Moon Young just says maybe he (her father) is possessed and she should get an exorcist? But the Director Oh wants Moon Young to conduct a class at the hospital.

Afterwards, Moon Young hunts down her prey, Kang Tae and tries to touch his chest while he’s changing his uniform, and Joo Ri sees them. She wants to know how Moon Young knows Kang Tae? We see bits of their meetings as Moon Young says she’s doesn’t how to describe their relationship.

Moon Young is stopped by the deer.

Later when Kang Tae is getting off work, Moon Young tries to get him to leave with her but he refuses. So she is driving up a mountain side by herself in the dark, when she thinks she sees something and almost has an accident. But there is just a deer in front of her and they yell at each other basically in a bizarro scene, lol.

Meanwhile Kang Tae is having dinner with his friends as Moon Young arrives at a decrepit looking house or mansion. We also see her CEO Sang In discussing the ‘Cursed Castle’ as he calls Moon Young’s house with his assistant Seung Jae and she wonders why Moon Young never got rid of it, but he says it’s not sell-able. The assistant wonders why she went there, but he says it because she told Moon Young that Kang Tae was there. We see Moon Young going to her spooky room and lying in the bed and it’s very macabre while at the same time we see Kang Tae and friends having a nice dinner together, a little matchmaking going on cuz Joo Ri’s mom likes Kang Tae, but very nice and normal. A great little moment of compare and contrast going on here.

A mysterious greeting by? Who knows?

There, with Moon Young lying in her bed, amidst the dust, cobwebs and ghosts? (a ‘Welcome’ is written by someone, something? on a window), we get a story of a Sleeping Princess. It is the story of Sleeping Beauty, which you can read more about at the link. The main theme of the story seems to be you can’t escape your destiny and there appears to be a ghost over the body of Moon Young and she just lies there shaking and trembling and the ghost says ‘I will kill that Prince’. It’s unclear how much of this is real, how much is a dream.

A young Moon Young hears “Save Me” in her dreams?

But we next see Moon Young as a little girl, standing, looking into the water and we hear the words ‘Save me’ being repeated over and over again.

Moon Young wakes up and she’s terrified and she thinks of Kang Tae and she imagines that he’s there. We see herself soothing herself, using the butterfly hug technique Kang Tae taught her.

The next morning, a new guest has appeared at the hospital, Gi Do, the son of an assembly man. Moon Young is speaking with her CEO about how to manage her PR. Meanwhile, Gi Do strips for the camera in his hospital room. Apparently he has manic episodes and the staff talk about them. Gi Do talks about what happened to him and we see his story playing out onscreen as if he’s actually there going to a club where he tells everyone he’ll pay, only to find his dad reported his credit cards as being missing and so he’s running away, being chased by the people from the club. Good example of showing a story, not just telling it.

A fairy tale is a cruel fantasy that illustrates the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.

Moon Young

We next see where others are working. It turns out that Sang Tae is working at a pizza place with Jae Soo, drawing pictures for people as a promotion for the place unbeknownst to Kang Tae who thinks he’s elsewhere. We get to see Moon Young at her job too, teaching a class on fairy tales, and it goes about as well as can be expected, as she in turn enthralls, alienates and shocks the class. She waits for Kang Tae after class, wants to get him to admit to being unsatisfied and tells him she had a dream about him, again bringing up their sexual chemistry. She tells him if he wants to have fun, have fun and calls him a hypocrite. She sees him so well, that he might pretend to be above the fray, his only desire is to be the perfect little brother, but the reality is far from that. More on that later.

As she’s leaving, Moon Young walks past her father in his wheelchair and we see flashbacks and he starts having an attack. Sang Tae is there and he sees her and follows her, but Kang Tae catches him and stops him from following Moon Young. Apparently he’s there to see the director so we see him diagnosing him.

Director Oh immediately goes into a spiel about the stegosaurus which captures Sang Tae’s attention and interest. Kang Tae asks if his brother mentioned anything about butterflies, but nope they got along fine and Sang Tae even gave him a gift. He tells Sang Tae he wants him to paint a mural on the wall for the hospital, but Sang Tae says he has to pay him. Later at home, Kang Tae wonders why Sang Tae needs money and it turns out Sang Tae wants to buy a camping van so they can always have a home when they move and of course Kang Tae is very touched by that 😀.

Moon Young meets Gi Do, who promptly flashes her, causing her to call him “Teenie Weenie.”

In the last part of the episode, we have Gi Do meeting Moon Young after he escapes from the hospital. He exposes himself to Moon Young, but she just derides him, calling him ‘Teenie Weenie’. She does help him escape by offering him a ride and they go on a wild car ride. Kang Tae hears about the escape and commences to chase them, even catching up to them at one point, but he lets his guard down and they get away.

Kang Tae stops Moon Young and Gi Do’s car, but lets his guard down.

They end up at a campaign event that Gi Do’s father is hosting and Gi Do takes over the microphone and starts talking about his dad and how he basically looks down on him cuz he’s stupid, so he says he did a lot of things to try to get his dad’s attention. Moon Young and Kang Tae watch as he tries to evade the people after him to prevent him from speaking, laughing and whirling around.

Kang Tae watches Gi Do speak at his father’s campaign rally.

And Kang Tae is looking at him like, yes that’s me, I’m that free and we see an image of Kang Tae in place of Gi Do, as if he’s the one dancing around invading his captors, as if he’s the one… that’s free. Very powerful moment, and so telling as we see Kang Tae turn to Moon Young and ask, ‘Should I just have fun with you?’

Kang Tae asks her if he should have fun with her?

The episode ends with the story Gi Do told of him going to the club, running from people and getting in trouble, only this time, the setting is in the hospital as he really told the tale and we don’t see the club, the dancing, the chasing. It’s as if that was how Kang Tae saw it, like he was transported to that world through Gi Do’s story.

Everyone watches Gi Do as he enacts his story.

My Take:

There are so many little things that make the characters’ in here great, like the impressive acting by the main leads, but also small character moments, like how Moon Young drags her umbrella on the pavement, holds her fingers out like scissors to have a paper placed in them. Lots of little character details like that really make the character, but I can’t really say if they’re planned or on purpose, from Seo Ye Ji or the director or the writer. Regardless, it all combines together to make Moon Young a real character. And in this episode, we finally begin to get a glimpse of the real Moon Young behind her careless, brazen facade, we finally get a more vulnerable Moon Young as she shivers in the darkness all alone after her nightmare.

But the one who has really been exposed in this episode is Kang Tae. I’ve mentioned before in my previous recap about how Kang Tae is framed in the drama in a variety of scenes. He is boxed in, shut in, and doesn’t reveal his true self. He wants to have the freedom of Gi Do (or Moon Young) to act crazy, but he is the nice brother, the smart brother, the dependable one. All of this is a burden on him of course, Kang Tae loves his brother, but it can still be a heavy burden at times to have to care for family. There was a series of great articles on mydramalist.com by 3GGG on boxing and other visual cues that will give you a lot to think about it regards to this and other dramas I recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about visual cues in dramas.

Kang Tae images he is Gi Do, being free to do what he wants.

There are so many things I want to say about what I suspect will happen later, but I won’t go into it because, 1. I don’t want to spoil things and 2. I could be wrong, and 3. I want to keep the ideas flowing and if I write them down, they’ll become too heavy for me to have any flights of fantasy about what will happen next. I’ve tried deliberately to keep these recaps as brief as possible in regards to speculation because I want to really enjoy the journey without knowing too much about what is coming next. Moon Young is not the only sleeping beauty here and I only hope that Kang Tae will wake up to achieve some measure of freedom and Moon Young will get someone who’ll comfort her and understand her truly.

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What’s Next? – Prom Pissawat

Coming July 30, 2020 to Channel 7, Prom Pissawat (2020) is finally airing. It was supposed to air earlier in March, but was delayed because of COVID19. I’ve already written about this Channel 7 lakorn here, so check that out for more info. The synopsis reminds me a lot of 2018’s Tra Barb See Chompoo, so if you liked that lakorn, you might want to keep an eye on this one. I believe neko has this on her subbing list so this will be English subbed.

Credit: Channel 7 yt channel

This is the story of God bringing two unlikely people from different parts of the world together. Plapol, a half Korean-half Thai man who grew up in Korea his whole life but chose to escape to Thailand sees his new step-mother as just another gold digger after his dad’s wealth. He pretty much thinks that of all women because his mother disappeared from his life since divorcing his dad when he was young. With hatred for his step-mother, Plapol decided to go to Thailand to find his mother. While in Thailand, Plapol goes to a bar and meets a young woman named Pantawan, a sexy singer who’s popular among the men there. He views her in the same light as the other women he has come across in his life. However, Pantawan is not that type of woman and doesn’t take insult from anyone especially from a misogynistic man like him. The two always get in a fight but eventually they came to an understanding and fell in love. But after love blossomed, all is not rosy for Plapol and Pantawan because of one truth that gets revealed: Pantawan’s mother is Plapol’s new step-mother.

(Source: NinjaKKN)

~~ Adapted from a novel of the same title by author Tepita.

Credit: mydramalist.com
Credit: pimprapa.t’s instagram

Outside of Tra Barb See Chompoo, there seems to be a number of lakorns with the similar plot of our pra’ek believing his stepsister (the nang’ek) and her mom are gold diggers. Of course, 99.9% of the time he’s wrong, but lots of angst and bickering before he realizes it, 😂. Didn’t realize this was a thing, but now I’m looking for it, even Sawan Biang was basically the same, except it was the sister, not the mom who married pra’ek’s dad. Here are some more lakorns with a similar theme: Kehas See Dang (2011), Muean Khon La Fark Fah (2017).

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Mia Archeep?

A marriage agency? Mia Archeep (2020) is a new romantic comedy that has a slightly unusual take for a lakorn, as there is a business called the Plan, which seems like type of a marriage agency the nang’ek is part of. This is going to be on Channel 3 and stars Mai Warit and Prang Kannarun. It airs July 15, 2020. This is one is on both Neko’s and Muse’s English subbing lists so it will be subbed.

Source: Channel3 Thailand’s yt channel

Prang Kannarun (Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat) is the nang’ek here, and pra’ek is Mai Warit from Kaew Klang Dong and this looks fun. The teaser strikes familiar notes, seeing girls fighting over a man, but the couple looks good together.

Synopsis: The Plan is a business that turns women into perfect ladies for a man, which is managed by Mr. Robert. He calls these women the “Ideal Wife”. Chollada is from a middle-class family who became a perfect and educated lady by The Plan. She was considered to be a great product from the company. Mr. Robert thinks she’s perfect for Kasidit and tries to invite him for this service many times. Kasidit starts to think of this as a fun game, so he accepts it and meets Chollada. It’s no longer a game for him when he falls in love with her, but he doesn’t know if she truly likes him or if it’s a set up by The Plan. (Source: MyDramaList)

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Music Monday

I’ve decided to take a break from all things It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) to highlight this video. In Mafia Luerd Mungkorn: Krating (2015), we have two wonderful actors Ken Theeradeth and Cherry Khemapsorn who look great together.Actually, I’ve always had the Mafia series on my plan to watch list, and I’ve watched several episodes of different parts of the series, but nothing compelled me to watch more. This mv reminded me why I want to watch this lakorn.

Synopsis: Seven years ago, all member of his great mafia family were killed in the bomb led by Black Dragon gang after sending “Janchompoo” a young girl decoy to be his lover, only “Chonlathee” managed to escape this murder plan. Chonlathee flees to live with his father’s close friend in Hong Kong. The wound from that fire incident drove him into a facial plastic surgery and he even changed his name into “Tham” and later gets back into the mafia business again to wait for a revenge. He’s named the ‘fierce bull’ of Yaowarat China Town.

Tham gets to meet Yah-ya, a beautiful girl that he feels familiar. With his curiosity ’cause she’s too skillful to be just an ordinary waitress at a Chinese restaurant, Tham intended get closer to Yah-ya and unexpectedly fall in love with her. Yah-ya falls in love with him too. But she has to get shocked when his past secret is revealed.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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