Chompoo goes from being the slut in ‘Dok Som See Tong’ to playing the good wife in ’Mia Teng’. The story is nothing new – I expect lots of cat fights and bitch slapping with saint!wife slugging it out with evil!girlfriend and I don’t really care ‘cos the p’ek doesn’t look like anyone worth fighting over. I might check it out since it’s getting subbed but the plot and characters sound so flat I’m not keeping my hopes up. I’ve enjoyed my share of lakorns but they really need more rounded characters instead of the standard long suffering nang’ek and nang’rai from hell.
The forced marriage set up in ‘Mia Teng’ reminds me of a Taiwanese drama ‘Wu Yan Nv’ (a term used to refer to ugly but virtuous women) I watched around 6 years back.
The story is set around the late Qing dynasty and our guy is Xu Wen Xiu, the young master of a large silk shop and he is famed for his weaving skills. Wen Xiu is a perfectionist and cannot accept any imperfections in his work or on the women in his life. He is in love with Ru Lan, the beautiful star of a famous dance troupe and he promises that he will only marry her in this life. Problem is, while Wen Xiu was busy romancing Ru Lan along the river, the Empress Dowager has appointed him to make a dragon robe for her to wear and if he is unable to complete a suitable one within 40 days, his entire family will be executed. Madam Xu, Wen Xiu’s mother, is horrified by the news because no matter how skilled Wen Xiu is, he can’t create the robe without the 5 coloured thread that is used by the imperial family. The only one who knows the dye recipe is Master Tian who used to work in the imperial dye room. In exchange for the dye, Madam Xu agreed to a marriage between Wen Xiu and Master Tian’s daughter Ju Fang. Wen Xiu is aghast by the arrangement and wanted to elope with Ru Lan but he finally gave in after his mother tried to hang herself and explained the consequence of failing to get the dye. Ju Fang is a free-spirited young lady who has spent most of her life studying dyes with her father and while she isn’t keen on marrying Wen Xiu either, she went along with her parents’ wishes. On their wedding night, Wen Xiu is stunned by a burn scar on Ju Fang’s cheek and he is even more adamant about not accepting his new wife. But of course, Wen Xiu discovers Ju Fang’s good qualities along the way and eventually they do fall love and he later takes Ru Lan as his concubine. His two wives got along initially but when Ru Lan misunderstands that Ju Fang backstabbed her, she starting scheming to get the position of the first wife.
If you watch the first couple of episodes, Wen Xiu and Ru Lan seem like the star-crossed OTP, two lovers struggling to overcome family and societal prejudices but as the drama progress, you’ll see that this is no fairy tale. Wen Xiu is but a common man who wants the best of both worlds. Ju Fang matches his intellect while Ru Lan’s beauty and admiration help stoke his ego. He ends up ruining Ru Lan by chaining her with his ‘love’ without taking the effort to understand what she really needs and thus sending her on the road to destruction when she is eventually consumed by jealousy and loneliness. Ju Fang too suffers as a result.
A Ru Lan centric MV not because I like her but it’s the only MV I could find.
I liked ‘Wu Yan Nv’ because no one is a saint or devil ‘just because’. They all have their reasons for becoming who they are and the choices they make. Plus the forced marriage arrangement is just way more believable in that period. Just sayin. You can watch the drama here.
Wen Xiu with Ju Fang
The husband sharing is not working …