Deep Dive Into Lakorns

I’ve decided to do a deep dive into lakorns. What does that mean? Well, looking into lakorns as a genre and finding statistical evidence to either prove or disprove common assumptions/questions about them.

Inspired by this article, I wanted to see if I could use the wonderful search engine at mydramalist as well. Each entry has genres that tell you what you can expect to see in the drama. You can also search for more dramas with the genres you like as well. And the tag system works similarly, only goes into even more detail. Say you like marriage and see the tag ‘marriage’ under a drama. You can click on it and see other dramas that have marriage. And some tags are even more precise, like ‘Arranged Marriage, Fake Marriage, Failing Marriage’ and so on. (Yes, I’ve sent a lot of time in those tags 😊😍.

So I’ve always had several assumptions and I wanted to see if my deep dive into lakorns supported them or not. These are some of the assumptions and questions I have and ones I’ve heard from Internet.

  • Are all lakorns romance? In fact, are there any lakorns that don’t feature romance?
  • There are a lot of slap and kiss lakorns. That wasn’t my assumption, but a lot of people seem to feel that way. So I asked the question. Are slap and kiss lakorns really a big portion of lakorns released each year?
  • Are there more marriage dramas in lakornland than outside it?
  • Do other countries have a lot of dramas with past lives/reincarnation story lines?

Methodology: I decided to proceed as follows. First, I would use three years of data and the most recent years because I assumed that most people would be more familiar with and have seen the more recent lakorns as opposed to older ones, so they are more likely to have tags. Undoubtedly, English subbed lakorns would have been seen by more people, so they would have better and more accurate genres. There’s little I can do about inaccurate data outside of seeing every lakorn made myself, 🤣, so I decided to just plow forward. By the way, I started looking into this in September 2019, so by now these statistics may be outdated as people add genres and so on.

In 2016, 175 lakorns released. 2017, 193 lakorns. Lastly, in 2018, 182 lakorns.

2016 LAKORNS

2016 – 175 lakorns, 16 lakorns (90.85) supposedly don’t have romance in them according to the tags, but I think it’s more like 6 or 96.57%. I looked at the lakorns without romance to figure it out based on pictures, synopsis and so on. Range is 90 to 96% of lakorns had romance in them in 2016.

2017 LAKORNS

2017 – 193 lakorns, romance played a part in all but 26 of them (86.52%). A closer look revealed the number to be more like 8 + of them. So we can say more accurately that in 2017, ~185 lakorns out of 193 lakorns (95.85%) had romance in them. So the range is from 86 to 95% of 2017 lakorns had romance in them.

2018 Lakorns

In 2018, there were 182 lakorns, 164 of those were considered romance for 90.11%. (By the way, did you know there was a web series called The Bitch War (2018) that apparently was part of a tourist campaign for Southern Thailand? No? I didn’t either.)

Ahem. When I looked further into the results, I concluded that at least 5-6 of them probably had romance in them, so the real total of how many lakorns without romance in them at all in 2018 is probably more like 170+ out of 182 or 93.4. So ~90 to 93% of lakorns have romance in them in 2018.

What does this mean? Well, it means, romance lovers, welcome to lakornland! You’ll love it here! ❤ No really, according to my research, Korea dramas in 2016, 108 out of 168 dramas were romance (64%), 2017 had 190 dramas, with romance playing part in 114 of them (60%). And 2018? 151 dramas out of 197 which is 76%. So if you want to watch a romance, chances are much more likely you’ll get it in a lakorn.

What are some other questions you think we should address?

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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What’s Next?

A favorite lakorn classic, Dung Duang Haruetai (2020) seems to have a new remake every ten or so years. There was the 1996 version with Num Sornram and Nat Myria, a 2007 remake with Weir Sukollawat and Kwan Usamanee. And now the 2020 version, starring Tik Jesadaporn and Kimberley Anne Woltemas.

When I saw Kimberley in this dress, I had to write about this lakorn. Dung Duang Haruetai (2020) has a long synopsis, so you can click the link to read more, but basically it’s about three kingdoms and their complicated relationships with each other. There’s a hate to love relationship here, kidnappings, forbidden love, and so on.

You can tell there’s been a lot of thought and effort put into the fashion for this lakorn. For comparison, here are pictures of the fashion from other versions. Dung Duang Haruetai (2020) is still filming now and is on Muse’s upcoming project list to English sub. You can watch the classic 1996 version here or dl here. The 2008 version is available here. I definitely have this on my must watch list and so should you!

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Tuesday’s Teaser

Sapai TKO stars Dan Worrawech and Pattie Ungsamalynn and drops October 24, 2019, and it’s fun. So I guess this will be a slapping lakorn (don’t know about the kissing part yet!). This will be subbed by Thippy! Thank you Thippy ❤ !

Sapai TKO

Synopsis: Pithi Panapong’s (Paul) biggest frustration is his own mother, khunying Chawpraka, who is desperately trying to get him to marry the woman she approves of. Khunying Chawpraka’s disappointment is her eldest son, who got married while he was overseas with a foreigner named Rebecca. She swore to herself that she would never let another son of hers marry another foreigner. Thus, she decided that her youngest son should marry someone who is most suited to the family’s status, a socialite named Sarutha. Little did khunying Chawpraka know that Pithi had already been seeing someone while studying abroad.


Pithi decided to take a vacation to find a solution to his problem. As luck would have it, his jet ski capsized while he was out at sea. Fortunately, someone witnessed this and saved him. The first thing Pithi saw when he regained conscious was Parn (Kob) giving him a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He mistakenly took her as a boy and reacted strongly which caused Parn to feel negatively about her first impression of him. Credit to Kudaranai

This is a remake of Sapai Tornado (2005), which was never fully subbed. The teaser is fun, but I am still disheartened by Pattie’s fake kisses in Princess Hours Thai, hehe. Dan is apparently her real boyfriend, so people are wondering if there will be real kisses this time.

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Monday Meeting – Remakes again?

I started my blog talking about remakes of kdramas in Thailand. The week of 10/20/2019 – 10/26/2019, I want to revisit that a little bit. But more importantly, I want to highlight patterns I see, connections between lakorns and other dramas. Really, connections anywhere. So fasten your seatbelts, folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Credit: Channel 7

So here are two mvs of the opening songs of Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2019) and Khing Kor Rar Khar Kor Rang (2006), I think I like the 2006 version better and it’s English subbed, so you can follow the lyrics.

Subs by choblingfansubs

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