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Paap Ataan review 1.0

7 Dec

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Props to Paap Ataan for managing to throw me a final surprise in the last episode. I’ve seen behind-the-scenes photos from Charebelle’s instagram of her, Pong and Yayaying with a fake skeleton, which by the end of  ep16 I could infer belonged to Ting, Prayong’s loyal servant whom she chained up and left for dead to forever seal Ting’s lips on who really caused Mae Orn’s deadly fall down the stairs. When Prayong cast a spell on Chetta and trapped him in the same hidden room with Ting’s remains, a second skeleton is revealed to belong to Tan Jao Khun! Perhaps there were hints dropped on where Pratt ended up but with my limited understanding of Thai I at least didn’t pick up any and was genuinely surprised at how far Prayong went to keep Pratt with her and still would to bring her Tan Jao Khun back. I still remember how pure and lovely the young Prayong was at her first meeting with Pratt, how her eye lit up when looking at him, how they promised to wait for each other but ultimately they loved themselves the most. So even after marrying Mae Orn, Pratt still swears his love to Prayong while taking Gade as his side wife thus hurting all three women and Prayong chose to destroy everyone that stood in her way of possessing Pratt, even if that includes the man himself. Their soured, twisted relationship isn’t something I root for as an audience but it was a story well told. The good guys/bad guys camp are often so clearly defined in lakorn world that it’s refreshing to see shades of grey in the protagonists. Continue reading

Watching now: Paap Ataan

28 Nov

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Surprise, surprise, the only drama I’m actively following now is actually ‘Paap Ataan’, which had me starting with low expectations considering it’s Ch5 + horror lakorn + Exact. The rustling leaves and window panes banging thing is overused to show the presence of supernatural beings but otherwise the horror effects aren’t as cheesy as I had feared. It’s really not scary though as the spirits, vengeful or otherwise, are central characters with their own story to tell and there’s not much to fear once the ‘mysterious’ factor is stripped away, at least from the viewer’s POV. That’s a good thing though ‘cos I’m not in this for the horror aspect. There is no great love story for me to root for here. Pong plays an unfaithful man (albeit still a charming one) in both his past and present lives and is the root cause of misery for the women who were unfortunate enough to fall for him but the characters are interesting and that’s what keeps me tuning in.

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Paap Ataan teaser

3 Oct

 

I thought Ch5 was gonna jump straight into airing ‘Paap Ataan’ without giving us a teaser but here it finally is. This looks creepier than I expected but I’d have to wait for the lakorn to air before I can judge if it’s actually scary or just plain cheesy/bad CGI.  I hope PA can strike a balance between the past and present lives, unlike in Roy Mai which I felt did not develop the characters in their present lives sufficiently. Then again, PA is an Exact lakorn, I should just expect drama and more drama. Anyhow, OTT drama > boring (sorry Roy Mai, you bored me) and if all else fails there’s always Pong and Charebelle to watch.

‘Paap Ataan’ premiers next Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013.

Paap Ataan and OTP ramblings

10 Sep

What makes you fall in love with an on-screen couple? Most of the time my love for a pairing is an extension of my love for the fictional OTP they portray (eg my obsession with Aum/Aff for a while after Jam Loey Rak), then there are those with a natural cackling chemistry that makes me want to watch them regardless/in spite of the plot (eg Great/Matt, Dome/Ploy, Weir/Mai) and of course ideally you have a couple who combines both factors (eg Ken/Ann in Oum Rak, Sawan Biang and Sood Sanaeha).

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Then there’s Pong/Charebelle. Not sure if it’s obvious by now but since Dok Soke I’ve been quite the Pong/Charebelle shipper and till now I can’t quite put my finger on why. I enjoyed watching Asanai (Pong) care for Dok Soke (Charebelle) through the difficulties in her life but I didn’t care to know about their characters beyond their interaction with each other. The ‘why’ leading up to a scene didn’t matter to me, just having them together on screen was fine by me. Must be explosive chemistry then? They had chemistry but I think it’s more down to Pong’s charm ‘cos he has good chemistry with his co-stars in general and I’m neutral towards his other leading ladies. As much as I like Charebelle, I’d be the first to say her acting needs improvement. Her sweet scenes with Pong in DS becomes unintentionally funny sometimes because she looks so uncomfortable when Pong is hugging and/or kissing her that Pong ends up looking like he’s preying on an innocent young girl. lol. But! awkward acting and all, I can’t help shipping them. Do you have any odd/less popular pairings you support with all your heart? Continue reading

What’s on my lakorn horizon

27 Feb

The lakorns I were excited for end of last year didn’t quite hold my attention as I had hoped: Qi Pao lost me around ep4,5 while I checked out of Khun Samee and Buang Barp after 1 ep. But I’m still holding out hope that the following new batches of lakorns will be good!

Pan Ruk Pan Rai
I don’t keep tabs on Ch5’s lakorns so I didn’t know about this one till Fia blogged about it. It’s pretty 90s kdrama makjang stuff with switched identities, amnesia, backstabbing, lies yada yada yada I can write the rest in my sleep but idk, I’m in the mood for it and am actually kinda excited for the explosion of dramatics that’s sure to come. Having Charebelle in the lead role also helped my interest ‘cos I have developed a liking for her since Dok Soke for no apparent reason. I don’t need deep, inspiring plot, just keep it not-stupid and not-draggy and I’ll be happy. Good news for those interested, PRPR is being subbed on Viki!

Paen Rai Pai Ruk
Similar sounding title as the first one but this one is a romcom that’s in the vein of Suay Rerd Cherd Sod judging from the teaser (read the synopsis here). Film and Matt are super adorable in the BTS clips I’ve seen so far and it’s whetting my apetite for this lakorn. I won’t have to wait too long though, just read on baidu that it’s premiering on 18/3.

Madam Dun
This one I’ll have to wait for since the cast have just gone for the fitting. The story is none like what I’ve seen from lakorns till now. Ploy plays Madam Dun, an entertainment guru who discovers Mario the country boy and brings him into the entertainment world (thanks to Fia for this info). A refreshing story with a refreshing cast, I can’t wait! AND P’PLOY I LOVE ALL YOUR LOOKS AT THE FITTING! *retreats from creepy fangirl mode*

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I expected Ploy and Mario to have a p/nong relationship and for the drama to be focused on the Thai ent industry but according to Lyn’s blog Mario will play Ploy’s love interest in MD, so will it not be that different from the typical lakorns except with an older woman/younger man pairing? Hmm, we shall see.

Anyone has other upcoming lakorns to rec?

Drama status: a mixed bag

17 Feb

Completed:

~ On Call 36 Hours [25][HK drama]
It doesn’t bring anything new to the plate as far as plot points are concerned – if you’re a tvb regular you’d have seen them one time or another – but’On Call’ brings it all together seamlessly with the briskness and humour I have come to expect of hk dramas. It also has lots of heart and I was moved to tears at quite a few scenes from the beautiful relationships between family members, friends, lovers.
Unlike previous hk police procedurals which hurt my brain with some less than logical cases, this one’s a medical one and I gladly bought into all the foreign medical jargon and cases thrown at me. Plus there were many meaningful lessons taught through the life and death situations encountered by the doctors at the hospital and gives the viewers food for thought on life and hope. The slow burning romance between Yat Kin Tau and Yu Zai was also the highlight of the drama and I love how their relationship is based on their mutual admiration and understanding of each other’s strengths and flaws. Once I start writing on ‘On Call’, I feel like there’s so many things I want to say about the individual characters but I’ll leave that for another post. For now, I highly recommend everyone check it out here with english subs
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Likit Fah Chata Din ep 1-15

6 Jan

The drama opens with a baby boy being left at a shrine’s door. He is picked up by the curious residents of the shrine while a woman watches from afar and leaves hastily before she can be discovered. Through a series of quick flashbacks, we learn that the woman is Darakan, the sheltered daughter of a rich couple who got herself pregnant after a one night stand with a kind stranger on her graduation trip. She later learns that the man was actually due to marry soon and decided to keep her pregnancy a secret. With help from her loyal maid Aunt Bua, she hid out her pregnancy in the small town of Lampoon and gave up her child to save her family’s reputation. Darakan later marries a respected businessman Bancha and has another son Din but all the while she pines for the son that she left behind, resulting in Din feeling neglected because his mother would rather spend time doing merit at an obscure shrine than be involved in his life.
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