Roy Ruk Raeng Kaen: A Passionate Love

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Mook and Kim are engaged and looking forward to their future together. But there is trouble in paradise when Tada, Mook’s older brother, is accused of killing his wife Mon, who is no other than Kim’s older sister. 

This turn of events puts a strain on Mook and Kim’s relationship, especially when during the trial Mook offers an alibi (lying about something that didn’t happen). The alibi, which helps free Tada, pushes Mook and Kim to break up with the latter vowing to take revenge on the siblings. 

Although the court says Tada is not guilty (or that it doesn’t have sufficient proof), Kim strongly believes otherwise and decides to administer justice himself. 

Taking the matter into his own hands, Kim swiftly moves to wreck havoc in Mook’s life by publicly breaking their engagement and shaming her, uploading content on social media for everyone to know about the cause and details of the rupture. In addition, Kim starts seizing the siblings’ possession and begins an appeal procedure. 

Things could end there with Kim waiting for the results of the appeal but there would be no more drama for us viewers. To hurt Mook even more, he begins a relationship with her frenemy Pak. 

Things only get worst from here on. 

Spoilers/Comments 

This lakorn is something else. It is dark from beginning to end and that’s exactly what makes it so different in my eyes. There is no guarantee for a fairy tale ending and there isn’t one…

There are no bad or good characters. The characters all display a wide array of emotions, which makes them human. They may seem unreasonable but I think each viewer can see what motivates them. Even the most unreasonable character isn’t purely evil.

Justice and Karma

By deciding to take justice into his own hands, Kim becomes a different person. He starts using people around him, predominantly Pak and Mook. He doesn’t completely let go of Mook but rather maintains an illicit relationship with her while officially dating Pak. Meanwhile Pak, who finally has a chance to be with Kim, does her best to maintain their relationship. Pak does her best to keep Mook and Kim apart, submitting Mook to countless humiliations. Pak’s techniques go from harassing Mook at work to rubbing her relationship with Kim in Mook’s face.

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Mook is no perfect either. Although Kim and Pak eventually get married, Mook continues to maintain a relationship with Kim. At times it is hard to say if he keeps her close because he has feelings or because he wants to use her against Tada. In Mook’s case, her feelings for Kim push her to take decisions that can be considered immoral and unreasonable. Many times Mook tries to break it off, and many times she ends up going back to Kim. At some point, I hoped for her to break free from the grip Kim had on her.

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Ultimately all characters are caught in the vicious cycle created by Kim. I think the drama does a good job at portraying what happens when people decide to administer what they believe to be justice. If Kim had let the judicial system play its role or karma catch up with Tada, there would have been less trouble for everyone.

If you are wondering if Tada killed Mon, Kim’s sister, the answer is yes. It wasn’t intentional. The couple got into an heated argument with both getting violent. My guess is if Tada hadn’t killed her, he could have died. But that is just a guess because in such situations there are so many ifs.

In my opinion, by seeking revenge and not knowing when to stop, Kim somewhat became like Tada. He became deceitful and physically abusive while creating a series of unfortunate events that were too much for him to handle: You can control your actions but you certainly cannot control other people’s reactions.

The best example of this is when Kim decides to involve Pak in his revenge scheme. He underestimates how much she is into him. Pak drags her father, a powerful military general, in the midst of her love drama. Being spoiled all her life, Pak figures that this is just another thing her father can handle for her. This creates a slippery slope for Kim with him being stuck in a relationship,  threatened and physically attacked when he tries to leave.

Domestic Violence

The men in this show come across as incredibly selfish. They have no qualms physically hurting their partners, and for me this provides a portrayal of why victims sometimes choose to say with their abusers. It’s not easy to break away from abuse and what’s interesting in Kim’s case is that even before he displayed some traits that should have ringed a bell.

Kim is often described as someone who can’t control his emotions. That is shown during the trial when he interrupts the court several times, going as far as to assault Tada’s lawyer. Mook also describes him as someone who is jealous and possessive.

About the Cast 

The actresses who respectively play Mook (Pooklook) and Pak (Bo) seriously deserve an applause. Pooklook does an amazing job at portraying the sadness. In almost all of the episodes, she cries. I am still amazed about how she makes it look so genuine.

For Bo, I don’t want to say that she is the perfect nang’rai because there is no such thing in this lakorn, but she perfectly displayed manipulation, obsession and envy . Every time, she had a scene where she starts going crazy, I was like WOW. It is even hard to describe that’s how good she is.

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