So far, we’ve looked at action and comedy genres of 2019, what interesting lakorns were subbed, and what weren’t. I didn’t cover all, but tried to cover what I felt was the most important or overlooked unsubbed lakorns of 2019. Now we will look at the very wide category of drama lakorns, Part 1 covers those that are English subbed. Part 2 is about non subbed lakorns.
Drama can be a very broad category covering everything from melodramas, more even keeled, but non comic lakorns, to slap and kiss lakorns. I decided to narrow this to lakorns that don’t fall into other categories, so if it’s a horror lakorn or historical lakorn, I’m not covering it here. I did decide to include slap and kiss lakorns because I’m not making a separate post about them and there weren’t that many in 2019.
Hua Jai Sila – Tor is a love child of a mistress and a wealthy hi-so man. After his mother dies from neglect, Tor is forced to live with his father’s family. Abused by his stepmother and stepbrother, he turns to the girl-next-door, Mingta, who also suffers neglect at the hands of her so called mother and sister.
One night, while being chased by his stepmother, Tor jumps into a river and is presumed dead, though he survives. He is taken under the wing of another prostitute who knew his mother and takes on a new life under the alias, Sila. Years later, he returns as a notorious, rich pimp, with plans to avenge his mother and to get revenge for the torture and pain brought to him by his stepmother and stepbrother.
Sila’s main goal is to hurt the people that hurt him as a child, but he never expected to see the only friend he ever had as a child, Mingta. As soon as they see each other, she realizes that he looks familiar to her. She notices a ring he wears around his neck, and immediately comes to the conclusion that he’s Tor, her childhood best friend that supposedly died. But he denies it because of his revenge plan.
Reason it’s interesting? This had to be one of the most talked about hits of 2019 for international audiences. And for the male lead Tor Thanapob, this was definitely a game changing role for him. This is a remake of a 2017 lakorn and is a slap and kiss. Subbed by Muse.
Plerng Prang Tian (2019) – A fantasy drama of a love triangle that happened in the past life.
Kalin, a famous model, is in a scandalous controversy because she is with a married man but she doesn’t care about it, since he told her that he is going to get a divorce.
One day, she found an ancient golden hairpin that made her dream of Tiankhum, a woman who has the same face as her. She saw all of Tiankhum’s life and felt angry for her. The hairpin shows its power by bringing her soul to Tiankhum’s body.
Tiankhum, a naive girl, was adopted by Nhankhum, the hunter of the vassal prince. One day, she was attacked by a tiger and Taywarit, son of the vassal prince, said that he would help her. That made Tiankhum feel grateful and respectful towards him. Finally, she became his mistress. Wongduen, who is Taywarit’s wife, is so angry. Tiankhum tragically dies and vows to be strong and fierce in the next life, so she can get revenge on everyone who treated her badly.
After history repeats itself, Kalin decides to go back to the past and change it.
Reason it’s interesting? This could be considered a fantasy lakorn, a historical (parts of it) lakorn or even a time travel lakorn. All of that makes this more interesting. Also, the fact that the main lead, the nang’ek is engaged in questionable behavior makes her stand out from the vast majority of nang’eks. Subbed by Muse.
Nee Ruk Nai Krong Fai (2019) – On her seventh birthday, Chalita’s entire family was killed. Kawin/Kevin, was given the option to slay three people in order to protect one. His guilt drove him to distance himself from her.
In her youth, Chalita is adopted by a mysterious stranger who is known as, “Nai Noi (Young Boss):” He turns her life around and is her means of support. Kawin moves next door to Chalita and their lives become entangled. Feelings blossom, and happiness is reintroduced to Chalita’s life, but Kawin risks losing her, if his secret were to ever be revealed. If Chalita ever recalled the past, he will lose everything.
Reason it’s interesting? Just read the synopsis. Trailer. Subbed by Muse.
Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew (2019) Nira is like a young leaf, which is always there beside the flowers but will never be one of them. Her name, Nira, derives from Niranam which means the anonymous one. The story of a boy who is a little girl at heart, he is shattered from not being accepted by anyone but his mother who wholeheartedly loves him. His father is not a very good man, as he loathes him and mistreats his mother. Nira wants his father to be like his uncle-in-law Chatchavee, the only one aside from his mother who is a warm man and cares for him and understands him. Until the forbidden love occurs, Chatchavee happens to notice and cannot answer back this aberrant love, he denies Nira. Nira, deeply crushed and traumatised by this rejection, decides with his mother’s support to do something that changes the rest of his life. He undergoes a sex reassignment surgery which completely transforms him into a gorgeous woman. Unfortunately, her mother dies during the operation. Devastated, she runs away from the hospital. The one who finds her and helps her is doctor Benjang, who takes her home. She starts living as his sister.
One day, Nira coincidentally meets Chatchavee. Due to her beauty, he starts to fall for her and also Nira’s father. None of them recognize her. The tragedy love begins to be more and more complicated when Nira’s aunt, who always looks down on Nira’s love and is envious of her, discovers the truth and tries to hinder Nira in every way. How will this story end?
Reason it’s interesting? With that plot, this is the very epitome of drama, melodrama, whatever you want to call it. Push Puttichai and Baifern Pimchanok are capable actors as well. Trailer. Subbed by Muse.
A girl is found murdered and buried in a very strange way. This alerts Maha Krating, a young astrologist who specializes in auspicious timing and fortune telling. He realizes that the ancient rite is performed in order to change the city’s fate to benefit someone wanting to take over. Whoever does this have to sacrifice four women represent Earth, Water, Air and Fire elements who must also have exact same birth date, month and year. Maha Krating uses all his knowledge to prevent the next murder from happening but he is always one step behind the killer until there is only one woman left. He can’t make the same mistake again because this means the life of Run, the woman he loves.
Reason it’s interesting? This is a combination of genres, action, mystery, murder and so on. For that in itself, it’s noteworthy. There are few lakorns that feature serial killers, so I’m intrigued about how big a part this plays in the lakorn. Subbed by Muse.
Currently Being Subbed
- Game Rak Ao Keun (2019) A married woman is suffering with her marriage when her husband cheats on her and asks for a divorce. She doesn’t want to free him and as pay back, she starts an affair with a manwhore. But it gets more complicated when she starts to have feelings for him. . Still being subbed by neko
- Poot Pitsawat (2019)- It’s about a love story between a man and a female ghost/vampire. Dao is under the control of a monster. It uses her beauty to take blood from men who came to stay around that area. Marut helps her break away from the monster and takes her home. They fall in love, but his mom already has a girl set up for him. Being subbed by Bitter Kisses