Morrasoom Sawad: YES!

It’s been a slow drama start for 2016. I didn’t have high expectations for any shows. Well that was until Morrasoom Sawad! So in love with the Weir-Preaw pairing.

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Plot

Kwang is the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat. Her family tries to keep it together but truly everything is falling apart. Her father had several wives/mistresses resulting in five kids, including Kwan and her sister Wor who share the same mother. There is also Nop – no one knows who his mother is – and two younger siblings from a relationship between the father and a maid. No need to say that the maid has long been upgraded to the status of legitimate wife. In addition to the tension that rises because of who is a legitimate child vs. who is not, Kwang’s father has been wasting money like no other by spoiling his kids left and right, contracting debts, pawning his belongings, and investing in useless businesses.

In the midst of all this mess appears a knight in shining armor –  lakorns NEVER get really original. Phu, the former leader of a gang now turned construction mogul, falls for Kwang. Phu starts courting Kwang and helping her family. He gets close to Kwang’s father, who is always looking for investors or cold cash, and becomes a frequent sight in Kwang’s household. Phu and Kwang develop feelings, and he could have easily helped her. If this wasn’t a lakorn it could have been perfect. Let me pause here to clarify that Kwang is barely 18 and Phu is in his early 30s. Phu proposes to wait for a year before making things concrete and official. Before the year is even over, things get ugly.  Continue reading

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Mai Sin Rai Fai Sawaat: Such a Waste!

I am so disappointed by this drama. It went down the drain so fast and nothing can save it at this point. I have too many grievances. Please allow me to quickly rant!

  • Why is Somsupang still in this show? She is manipulated from left to right – by the man she loves, her mother and her own stupidity. She is now in a wheelchair because her own mother inadvertently pushed her down a flight of stairs. Instead of admitting that her mother is at fault, Som lets the world, and most importantly Wee, point fingers at Chit. I guess it’s a convenient way to make Wee hate Chit.
  • Som’s mother is up to no good. Well, if you have been following this roller coaster this is old news. She is embroiled in a steamy romance with the old gangster who is after Chit/Wee’s house if I am not mistaken. I guess the gangster wants the land the house is on. Interesting detail: Som’s mother and the gangster are apparently a real life married couple! I still don’t like their characters… They need to redeem themselves in future lakorns.

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  • I have to say that I love how Chit ruined Wee and Som’s wedding. It was epic. She rolled in drunk, wearing a black dress and carrying a funeral wreath. Do you think Chit would stop there?! She gave a loud speech about her being the mistress of Wee and sharing the same man with the new bride. Som had it coming. Why would you insist on marrying a man with a mistress?! He didn’t respect you while you were dating!!! Did Som think a piece of paper would make a difference?! She is about to hold this piece of paper and cry for several nights.

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Mai Sin Rai Fai Sawaat: Thoughts (Up until episodes 5-6)

I am done with the show, but this will just cover the show up until episodes 5-6. I will post later concerning the ending. If you want to know more about the show itself, check my first post on it!

Chit quickly moves into the house and her nightmare begins. Abuse on top of abuse. She gets all the material possession she could want, but who cares when Wee mistreats her so much?

Chit only cares about the house and tries to bottle up her feelings as much as she can. Alcohol seems to be a great way to cope…

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Wee having a fiancee and a mistress is the talk of town. Everyone wonders what kind of freak show this is. So is probably the most affected by the rumors since she is so worried about appearances and reputation. Yet, she could walk away… Don’t we all know that’s not going to happen though?

Let me walk you through this mess…

The director of the drama skips the r-scenes, meaning we don’t see the full act. Viewers are free to use their imagination.  To be honest, I am perfectly happy with that. Lakorns tend to glamorize r-scenes, which can be pretty unhealthy.

Honestly, I have been bothered by the way the topic of rape has been addressed in the drama. In episode 4, Wee’s secretary tells Yuwadee and  that’s because women behave badly and dress provocatively that rapes happen. I feel like that the secretary’s words reflect a common opinion, which saddens me. A woman, no matter what she is wearing or saying, shouldn’t be blamed for her own rape. It’s just too ridiculous.

Lakorns, especially slap-kiss ones, display several scenes. It’s generally accepted, but I wish that it wasn’t justified.

Dynamic between Wee and Chit
Their relationship is explosive; Kawee in Sawan Biang has nothing on Wee in terms of abuse. The latter is even more disturbed in his own rights.

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Basically, Wee has a condo and the house. The condo is to spend time with So, or stay by himself. The house is reserved for his matters with Chit. Surprisingly, but not really, Wee starts spending more and more time at the house. For Chit, it’s like torture. Wee coming unannounced to sleep with her makes her paranoid.

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Mai Sin Rai Fai Sawaat (ไม่สิ้นไร้ไฟสวาท)

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Plot

Wee and Chitchaba meet for the first time in Paris and let’s be honest: She totally stalks him. They accidentally bump into each other in the street, and she keeps apologizing and wanting to repair Wee’s phone.

Chitchaba finally gets it her way and is able to invite Wee for dinner. It doesn’t stop there as both also embark for a tour of the romantic city. Chitchaba serves as a tour guide for several days. Wee often ignores Chitchaba during the tour, which entices her even more. Although Wee is being snobby, he slightly smiles listening to her. I guess someone is not as indifferent. Chitchaba is even able to make him dance. That scene was quite cute! 

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Their last night together in Paris, Wee thanks Chitchaba for such a romantic night. He also becomes curious about her. What is she studying? She answers sculpture; she wants to make the world a beautiful place at the image of her loving relationship with her father. 

Little does Chitchaba know that those are her last moments of happiness, innocence and freedom. 

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Year in Review: Drama Crushes

A list of all the dramas we loved! The year 2014 had quite some good dramas. The key was to discover them! Thank you 2014 for blessing us with those shows :-D!

phoenix’s selection

Bad Guys

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There are no words to describe how much I love this drama. Without any love lines, this suits me just fine because the excellent action and thrilling fights more than makes up for it. We have a twisted father, Mad Dog, who lost his daughter during a serial killer investigation and now leads a special investigations unit made up of three hardened criminals released from jail. Kind of like a tame Hannibal scenario?

Anyways, we have a hitman who turned himself in after a murder and is full of regret and seeking redemption. The second is a powerful gangster who conquered 30+ districts for his boss in the span of a few weeks. The last is a amnesiac serial killer who can’t remember his murders…and who might have murdered Mad Dog’s daughter. Sounds like a self-destructing bomb doesn’t it? Oh, and I almost forgot that meddling ahjumma female cop in the group who always speaks like she is whispering. Anyways, although having ulterior motives in the beginning, Mad Dog gradually begins to appreciate each criminal for their humanistic side. The four develop a special camaraderie that has them saving each other’s butts, instead of climbing over each other to reduce their own sentences with each case they solve.

The drama is fantastically shot, though sometimes hard on the eyes, because of the dark lighting they always use. The fighting scenes are simply superbly choreographed and portrays the strengths of each character. The acting is also up to par even though most of the actors are not A-listers. With each episode being a separate case, the drama manages to tie the whole thing together by linking each character with each other as well as connecting all the cases together in a big mystery case. The ending shows us the potential for a sequel…which I can’t wait to see written and filmed!

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Year in Review: Minutes Refund!

It’s the end of the year! Time for our blog to roll out our year end reviews/specials. We decided to start with those dramas we wished or almost wished we never watched. If possible, we would love the directors of those shows to refund the seconds, minutes, and hours we wasted. Sadly, that’s impossible. If you are planning to watch any of those shows beware!

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Dok Soke

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  • One man and two women – the same love triangle for pretty much every lakorn. If things were not complicated enough let’s make those two women mother and daughter.
  • You would have to seat through 50 plus episodes of intense guilt, tears, and wishy washiness by our two main leads.
  • Result: The female lead gets married to the male lead only to dump him at the end of the ceremony. A marriage followed by a separation?! Great, just what I needed.

Big

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  • Total confusion. I am so confused by this show that I can’t even explain what went wrong. Clearly, everything went wrong.
  • Gong Yoo please try to pick better drama projects in the future. I know you can do better.

A Thousand Kisses

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  • When a show is about two leads,  I expect to see enough screen time about their relationship. Well, not here. If that’s what you hope, skip this show.
  • The drama started off alright – a beautiful romance, relatives trying to tear our beloved couple apart, a delusional and clingy ex – and that quickly went down the drain. All that I got at the end of the drama is our main leads staring at each other through a window. Hummm, the director needs to redeem himself/herself with a better show.

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That Winter the Wind Blows 

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  • As much as I adore you Jo In Sung, since when did dying take over 3 minutes with you robot walking across a rooftop?
  • Perhaps I don’t get it, but I think it would have ended better in tragedy like in the movie rather than some dreamy petal blown (literally) happily ever after story.

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La Ruk Sut Kop Fah

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I am so happy to have found this drama. Since Sanaeha Sunya Kaen, I haven’t been captivated by a lakorn. And gosh this show made me a fan of Weir :-D. Weir and Min are adorable together. I have tried watching the first episodes of Pin Anong back then and hated it -___-. I am so surprised that I am enjoying this so much!

Mat is a Thai woman of royal descent who is set to marry Prince Macky, the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Raya. The fathers of Min and Prince Macky studied together in college and decided to have their kids marry. Let’s say that Mat is far from being the “proper lady” that her parents want her to be. She is into extreme sports, play pranks, and often acts like a tomboy.

When Mat learns that she is to marry a man she’s never met before, she throws a tantrum and tries to run away. Her escape is short lived as she is stopped by Kamin, the bodyguard of Prince Macky. Kamin was sent to Thailand to fetch Mat. The encounter between Mat and Kamin is explosive at first, but they grow on each other.

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Sawan Biang: The beginning of my journey to LakornLand

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My first lakorn! Also one of my favorites! Thanks for phoenix to recommending it and definitely remembering that she made me an addict 😀

Original Title: สวรรค์เบี่ยง

Episodes: 12

Channel: Channel 3

Theme: Revenge, slap-kiss

Plot

Kawee is a rich, spoiled, uncontrollable, and psycho heir. He is full of himself and believes that everyone should kiss the ground he walks on. The dude has serious psychological issues.

We get a glimpse of Kawee’s character at a farewell party for him going to America to study (Dramas sometimes make me feel like the US is the only country on earth -___-). Leela, a young woman who is head over heels Kawee, shows up to say goodbye to him. Kawee coldly rejects her by belittling her present and herself. Heartbroken Leela runs out of the party in tears followed by her sister Narin. Leela gets hit by a car and is sent to the emergency room. Luckily she survives.

Fast forward several years later. Leela is soon to be married when she gets into another accident (Seems like she gets into accident every five seconds. The writer could have been more creative). Her fiance was the one driving the motorcycle and passes away. The other car involved in the accident is Kawee’s father. Kawee’s father, Kid, feels guilty and starts taking care of Leela who is recovering physically and mentally.

Leela isn’t interested in Kid at first. That’s before she finds out that he is Kawee’s father and that Kawee is back in Thailand. What better way to take revenge than going after Kawee’s father? Bye bye nice Leela. Say hi to conniving Leela.

Leela quickly jumps the broom with Kawee. Her family – mother, brother, and her sister Narin – move in to live in Kid’s huge mansion. Narin, our main character, is reluctant when moving into the house. She knows that Kawee hates her family. How far would he go to harass them? Pretty far…

Kawee starts continuously harassing Narin to make Leela jealous and wreak havoc between the sisters. Kawee continuously flirts with Narin and what starts as a game evolves into something else. Kawee falls into his own trap and starts developing feelings.

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Sunset at Chao Phraya (1996 and 2013)

Sunset at Chaopraya is based on the novel Khu Kam wrote by Thommayanti. It tells the love story between a young Thai woman and a Japanese officer during World War II.

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Plot

Angsumalin is the daughter of a high ranking Thai official who lives with her mother and granddaughter, on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, in Thonburi (Her father is now married to another woman).

When Thailand signs a cease fire agreement with Japan, Japanese soldiers start arriving in Thailand. Their goal is to use Thailand’s railways and infrastructures to invade neighboring countries, including Burma. Kobori, a Japanese officer in charge of engineering matters, falls for Angsumalin at first sight. It is not the case for Angsumalin. She dislikes Kobori for being Japanese therefore an invader and also because of a promise she made to Vanut.

Vanut, Angsumalin’s closest friend, left for England to study. Having feelings for Angsumalin, he asks her to wait for him (So selfish). Angsumalin is now stuck with this stupid promise.

Kobori, who isn’t fazed by Angsumalin’s behavior toward him, pursues her – visiting her house, being nice to her family, etc. Little by little Angsumalin finds herself drawn to him. Yet, her pride (That pride SMH) causes her to push Kobori away.

An unfortunate (Fortunate for us viewers :-D) event has Kobori and Angsumalin in a comprimising situation that leads to their hasty marriage. During an attack by Western forces, Kobori protects Angsumalin by laying on top of her. They are later found in that position by several villagers. In order to protect Angsumalin’s name, the two have no choice but to get married. Angsumalin’s father had also been pushing for the union between her daughter and Kobori to create stronger ties between Japan and Thailand.

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