Ka Kaung Kon

17 Mar

I’d been marathoning Sign (excellent crime drama btw) since Monday but I thought I’d take a breather after the serial killer case was resolved in mid ep7 and went to check out Ka Kaung Kon (A Person’s Value) . The story is standard romance novel fare which was why I wasn’t keen on it to being with but once I got started, it turned out more addictive than I had counted on.

Story: Luck is a rich businessman who believes anyone, especially women, can be bought for a price. He plays around with women and the only one who has lasted beyond a year is his current squeeze Jen. Luck and our nang’ek Gluay, get off on the wrong foot and he mistakes Gluay for an easy woman that’s involved with many men at the same time, so naturally he objects when he finds out a while later that his half-brother Peemarn is in love with Gluay and wants to marry her. Luck then approaches Glauy and offers her a sum of money to leave Peemarn alone and gets refused by an angry Gluay. Things, of course, don’t end here or we wouldn’t have a lakorn. Gluay’s brother Kai got into a huge debt of 10 million baht with an underground casino and in desperation, Gluay ‘sells’ her dignity by accepting money from Luck and she enters into a fake marriage with Luck to make Peemarn give up on her for good so that he will agree to marriage with a diplomat’s (?) daughter. Hmm, I think we all know how the story goes from here. Haa.

There are so many things I could pick about the plot, like wouldn’t it be much easier to pay Gluay to marry a random guy (her friend Jed whom Luck thought was her ‘customer’ would be a convenient choice)? I would think it would be easier for Peemarn to give up on Gluay if she wasn’t parading around his property everyday and by ‘marrying’ Gluay, Luck’s relationship with Peemarn will be damaged because Peemarn would feel betrayed by the brother he respected. Or how about, if this fake marriage thing is supposed to be a secret, why is it announced to pretty much every character in the show except Peemarn? I’m surprise Peemarn didn’t overhear their conversations earlier given how everyone is always talking about it in the house!

But if you accept all the gaping plot holes as necessary plot devices to get the pra’ek and nang’ek under the same roof, you’ll find KKK a pretty entertaining lakorn. The pace is quick and most of the characters are sane, reasonable people. Well, there’s the stock money-faced secondary girl Jen who stakes claim on Luck just because she’s his sleeping partner and while her attitude is annoying, Gluay gets to show her mettle in their few face-off scenes. Gluay is a fantastic nang’ek. She’s beautiful, kind hearted, good at cooking/housework blah blah blah the usual but I love how she stands up for herself and maintains her dignity in a strong, quiet manner. Feisty nang’eks tend to equate standing up for oneself with arguing, shouting and even occasionally causing bodily harm to others (think Cherrie’s character in ‘Dessert Girl’) but being loud doesn’t mean you’re right and if you’re right, you don’t have to be loud.

I also got started on Rak Mai Mee Wan Tai, the vampire lakorn with Dome and Ploy. From the few subbed parts of ep 1 that are out, it’s actually not as lame as I thought it would be. Dome is hot, the villain vampire cousin is hot, Sing the policeman/Ploy’s childhood friend is also good-looking … what’s not to like? Some people are complaining about Ploy’s voice and how she’s too old to be playing chirpy roles but I’m fine with it. Perhaps my Ploy biasness is coming into play here but I do like her character Plai who’s cheerful and lively.

In other news, CLAMP stabbed me in the heart again with their Rou: Adayume OAD. Thank you for destroying my ship so thoroughly. Gah, I’m swearing off CLAMP stuff from now on.

Right, I shall get started on ep5 of KKK! Thanks jamieguo48 for the rec on this lakorn.

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