Hello and welcome to Music Monday! I’m so excited for the week ahead because I have not one, not two, but three different dramas I’m waiting for to air this week! I try not to watch dramas as they’re airing as then I’m constantly waiting for the English subs, but I couldn’t help myself because I was determined to watch Payakorn Sorn Ruk, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and I’m counting My Husband in Law (2020) too although it has already ended in my must watch dramas.
Yes, I will be writing about them this week, I’m just figuring out what form, reviews, recaps, etc. But to get back to music, I wanted to introduce you to a great channel for osts and mvs on Thailand lakorns, Channel 3 Thailand Music. I’ve used them for Music Monday over the years, they’re the official channel for Channel 3 osts and mvs of their lakorns, so expect to see only Channel 3 lakorns here. Here are some of the mvs you can catch, including a young Nadech singing with Yaya. Enjoy!
Things seem to be picking up in lakornland. Several lakorns have resumed filming, some new lakorns are now airing, we have more coming this week and I’m really looking forwards to one of them, it’ll be Tuesday’s teaser. For now, I’m waiting to watch some of these new lakorns and talk about them here. This is one that’s been on my ever growing watchlist for ages, The Crown Princess (2018). A hodgepodge of topics this week, stay tuned.
Synopsis: The main heroine – a princess of a small country, comes into danger after her coronation. To protect her they send her to Thailand, where the main hero – a navy man- becomes her bodyguard.
I’m liking the fact that lakorns are becoming more diverse in plot and genre. A woman with a medical background solving mysteries in a historical period? Sounds like China’s Miss Truth (2020). But no, it’s actually one of several upcoming lakorns I’m looking forwards to.
1. Lai Kinnaree (2020) – This lakorn stands out for several reasons. 1. It stars Nadech Kugimiya, Yaya Urassaya 2. It takes place in the Ayutthaya period of time 3. It’s about a woman with medical knowledge she uses to solve cases and mysteries. More pics here and here.
Synopsis: The reign of King Narai was the most prosperous during the Ayutthaya period. Ayutthaya kingdom at that time has great commercial and diplomatic activities with all foreign nations especially the west. Everywhere was full of foreign immigrants, merchants, missionaries diplomats and military personnel. Foreigners especially westerners were backed to oppress Ayautthaya people causing the rage among Ayutthaya people. Lady Pudsorn is the beautiful daughter of a famous deceased doctor. She well inherited medical knowledge from her father. Aok Luang (Viscount) Indra Ratchpakdee is a handsome police nobleman who is responsible for the peace and safety of people in the metropolitan area. Monsieur Robert is a handsome French guy who closes to an important French military diplomat whom King Narai borrowed from King of France to work for. Faith brought the three of them to met and work together in investigating the suspicious death of an important French cargo ship captain who died while wearing female sarong cloth with Lai Kinaree (Half Bird Half Human) patterned which is the kind of pattern prohibited for royal ladies in the palace only. Therefore this case has the existence of Ayutthaya Kindom at stake because it may trigger the war by being claimed as a rightful cause for the French army to seize Ayutthaya Kindom. The investigation leads the three of them to many somehow involved people, many stories and many suspects which each of them has unexpectable secrets. Moreover, one of the suspects is a very powerful lady in the royal palace too. Besides that, the investigation also leads those two gorgeous and high-profiled guys to fall for Lady Pudsorn and both of them ready to compete to win her heart. What should Lady Pudsorn do? (Source: Asianfuse & ShareRice)
2. Dung Duang Haruetai – This will be the 2nd remake of the popular lakorn and it stars Tik Jesadaporn, Kimberly Voltemas as the main couple. I’ve posted before about the detailed, if sometimes questionable fashions of the lakorn. It will be interesting to see if it holds up to the previous versions.
Synopsis: The story of three kingdoms. Kasit ruled by King Rungsimun is the wealthiest and most powerful but they lack a sea route, for this reason, King Rungsimun had planned to politically wed Princess Munisala of Thanta in order to conveniently use their water route. However if both Kasit and Thanta were to unite that would cause Puntoolat to become isolated and for this reason, the three kingdoms have longed lived with suspicion of one another. Princess Munisala decided to flee in order to escape the wedding because she had heard many ruthless stories about King Rungsimun but she accidentally fell into a trap and was rescued by Prince Tiyuttithorn/ Pee Chai of Puntoolat where she asked to seek refuge. Upon hearing the news of Princess Munisala’s disappearance and learning that it may be linked to Pee Chai, Princess Tasika feared the start of a war and so she made her way to speak to Pee Chai and got kidnapped by King Rungsimun and brought to Kasit. Tasika believed she was kidnapped as a hostage in order for Kasit to negotiate Munisala’s return and so she began at first to dislike Rungsimun. However Rungsimun had fallen in love with Tasika at first sight and so began their love story, but things get complicated as Mina constantly stirs up trouble, by trying to harm Tasika as she was in love with Rungsimun. Meanwhile, Munisala and Tiyuttithorn also started to slowly fall in love. Matters get complicated as Mina’s father committed treason against Rungsimun. (Source: Sharerice) (Source: MyDramaList)
3. Prom Likit– Not much is known about this except it’s a sequel to Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (2018) and the main couple of BellaRanee and Pope Thanawat will be returning. Also returning is the director Mai Phawat Panangkasiri, but Louis Scott won’t be returning. This will have an opening ceremony on May 2020. It remains to be seen whether it will air in 2020, but is a couple worth waiting for!
Synopsis– This sequel is set in King Thai Sa’s reign (1709-1732) and will focus on Por Date and Kadesurang’s kids 20 years after Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat’s ending.
Second chances, regrets, missed opportunities. I think we’ve all thought about those things on a daily basis. It can all devolve into a mess of “What ifs”. So the theme of this week is missed connections.
Neung Nai Suang (2015) Poom, a beautiful girl with no parents, meets Neung at a party. Neung is a handsome son of a former renowned diplomat that just came back from studying oversea. Every girl wants to get to know him. But after the first glance, Neung falls in love with Poom straightaway. He has forgotten that he knew her before. On the other hand, Poom deeply remembers that Neung used to bully her when they were young. So she really doesn’t like him. But when they have to dance together at the party, Poom runs away. This makes Neung angry and embarrassed. So, he keeps picking fights with her nonstop.
I’ve posted before about this lakorn here, but here’s a little refresher. In this historical lakorn set in the Ayutthaya period, Lai Kinnaree (2020) is about a female doctor (Yaya Urassaya) and high ranking police officer (Nadech Kugimiya) solving crimes.
Thaidramatic_update recently posted on Instagram a post on more fitting photos from the lakorn, Lai Kinnaree. The costumes are colorful, with lots of detail.
So we have one more week and month until 2020, and honestly, I am so ready for 2020. I decided to just drop a favorite mv of mine, because, yeah, I’m already looking at 2020 lakorns😊. So, here’s my all time favorite mv. Enjoy! You can watch it Kleun Cheewit English subbed here.
Jeerawat is a hardworking woman, who is a famous model and actress. Her mother married a smarmy but rich man, who secretly lusts after her. After he attempts to drug Jeerawat, she manages to escape by driving away. Unfortunately, she hits a young woman in the road, who later dies at the hospital.
The dead young woman has a fiancee, Sathit, who happens to be a lawyer. He vows revenge on the female driver who killed his beloved fiancee. Unfortunately, Jeerawat’s stepfather and mother use their influence and money to hide and hush all evidence. Sathit decides to stalk and bother her to find the evidence that she’s an evil and manipulative temptress. But in the end, he finds out she’s actually a good and kind person, despite her lowly beginnings, and gradually falls in love with her
In this historical lakorn set in the Ayutthaya period, Lai Kinnaree (2020) is about a female doctor (Yaya Urassaya) and high ranking police officer (Nadech Kugimiya) solving crimes.
I think they just had the fitting in September 2019, they haven’t even started filming yet so it’ll be a while before we see this one, but I do like the costumes and Nadech’s look already. And Yaya’s okay too 😜😊. I’ll be keeping an eye on this lakorn.
To continue our week of posts for lakorn newbies, I present to you some well known actresses. As a bonus, I’ll even add in info about them. I’ll also talk about what lakorns they starred in. Next week will be Thai actors turn.
BELLA RANEE – 29 years old, been an actress since 2011. Her top hits include Phope Ruk with Mark Prin, and Padiwarada. Bella’s successes have mostly been in historical lakorns, and the hugely popular lakorn 2018 hit, Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat really cemented her stance as a top actress in Thailand.
Taew Natapohn – 30 years, has been in lakorns since 2006. She’s garnered numerous acting awards, along with a reputation for getting along well with co-stars. 2016’s Nakee was a big hit, Nueng Dao Fah Diew had Taew pairing with James Jirayu and Game Sanaeha is a favorite with international lakorn audiences.
Yaya Urassaya Sperbund is 26 years old, but has been in lakorns since 2008. Yaya’s frequent pairings with Nadech Kugimiya have made them a favorite couple and they’ve starred in 7 lakorns together already, with an 8th reunion already planned. It all started with lakorn series 4 Huajai Haeng Koon Kao, in which Yaya starred with Nadech in Duang Jai Akkanee. Game Rai Phaai Game Ruk in 2011, again with Nadech, was another success. Kleun Cheewit (2017) is very popular and she had great chemistry with Mark Prin.
Kimberley Anne Voltemas – 27 years old, was also part of the lakorn series 4 Huajai Haeng Koon Kao along with Yaya, and to this day, they are best friends. Her role in the series didn’t garner as much notice, but it was her first real role apart from a cameo, so I’m including the lakorn Thara’s Himalaya, part 1 of the series. Kimberley starred in 2013’s Rang Pratana with Nadech Kugimiya, but really is famous for pairing with Mark Prin, whom she became a koo-jin couple (couple people ship together) with. Piang Chai Kon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised was another big hit for Kimberley.
Vill Wannarot is 30 years old, and is one of the more prolific actresses on the list. Vill’s first role in 2008’s Kaew Lorm Petch with Son Yuke was a hit, and she has continued to star in hits such as Sud Sai Pan (2013) with Toomtam Yuthana and Leh Nangfah. Vill has starred with a number of different actors, but look out for her roles pairing her with Son Yuke or Toomtam Yuthana.