Monday, May 12, 2014

Dramatards Triathlon: Dramas - 6/40

  Dok Ruk Rim Tang

Score: 7.5/10

     Jitree, a gold digger, seduces Anusorn's father which caused Anusorn and her mother to leave.  Anusorn  returns home years later after her father dies suddenly to discover that her father's new wife has sold the house and left her with nothing but Hungtu, her father's dog. Anusorn suspects that something isn't right about the situation and discovers that her father left behind another will somewhere in the house. Jitree and her lover hire men to kill Anusorn but she escapes by disguising herself as a man. She returns to her father's house and starts to work for the new owner, Pathavee, as a man named Ood. She and Hangtu try to find the will but Anusorn starts to fall for Pathavee along the way.

      My third Thai drama and a gender bender no less. This was extremely cheesy and the female lead cried way too much but I still liked it. The male lead was great and I liked most of the characters. Jitree and her lover were the worst part for me, their acting was horrid and their characters were way over the top.  My favorite character by far was Hangtu, not because the other roles were bad but because this dog was actually a main character. He had his own internal monologue like the dogs in the Homeward Bound and Look Who's Talking 3. He was incredibly intelligent and helped out Anusorn a lot, even saving her life a few times.

Dramatards Triathlon: Dramas - 5/40

Full House Thai

Score: 9/10

      Aom-am is a writer who lives with her older sister. Her sister panics when her bills start to pile up and she finds out that she is pregnant so she conspires with her boyfriend to sell the house. They send Aom-am to South Korea on vacation and sell the house while she is away. While in South Korea she meets two men, Guy and Mike. Guy is sweet and Mike is a complete jerk.  Upon arriving back in Thailand, she finds out that her house was sold to Mike. Mike has recently had his heart broken and begins a fake relationship with Aom-am to save face. The two agree on terms and enter into a fake marriage. What started out as a business relationship between the two becomes something more  as they actually start to fall for each other.

      I really loved the Korean version of Full House so I decided to give this a try. I had only watched the Thai drama Sawan Biang and I didn't have high hopes for this drama but it exceeded my expectations. While still a bit cheesy for my tastes, Full House Thai managed to be a quite pleasant experience. The leads were great and had amazing chemistry. There was a lot of humor and cute moments. It is different enough from the original version to make it worth watching both.

Dramatards Triathlon: Dramas - 4/40

Sawan Biang 

Score: 6/10

         Leela and Jate, her fiance get into a car accident with a wealthy man and his wife. Jate and the other man's wife die. The wealthy man, Kid, comes to visit Leela everyday as well as takes care of all her medical bills. He eventual falls for her and proposes. Leela accepts and moves with her family (her mother, brother,and sister) into Kid's mansion. Leela discovers that Kid's son is Kawee, a man she fell in love with when she younger but rejected her. Leela's younger sister Narin quckly becomes the target of Kawee's anger since she stands up to him, causing them to have an extremely volatile relationship.

      That is just the beginning of the extremely complicated and convoluted plot of this drama. Sawan Biang was the first Thailand drama or lakorn that I watched, it is very different from the other Asian dramas I'm used to.  I didn't really like this drama despite it being one of the most popular dramas in Thailand. I liked the female lead decently enough although I didn't always agree with her decisions. I loved the second male lead, Tom, he made the drama bearable for me and I will definitely check out his other work. I hated the male lead and he was the main reason that I didn't enjoy this drama. I have always said that if I was not invested in the main couple then I would be less likely to enjoy the drama and this rings true concerning Sawan Biang. Kawee was mean, insensitive, immature and extremely emotionally and physically abusive. He does try to repent towards the end of the drama and is forgiven but for me, it was a little too late. Considering all Kawee does to her, it would be far more believable that Narin violently murders him rather than ending up living happily ever after with him.