This is interesting. Another cdrama coming up about a contract marriage between a doctor and a female CEO and what makes it interesting is that it is a remake of a Thai drama. Begin Again (2020) is a remake of a 2001 Thai lakorn, Samee Ngern Phon (2001) otherwise known as The Bought Husband. Zhou Yu Tong (Young Blood) is the CEO and Simon Gong (The Love Equations (2020) as the doctor will get their chance to improve upon the original starting October 29. It airs 3 days a week on Mango TV, so here’s the first episode here, no English subtitles though. Hopefully someone will sub it 🤞.
Synopsis: It tells the story of a domineering female CEO and a warm doctor who turn a fake relationship into reality due to practical reasons. Having exchanged their ‘I do’s’, they start on a new chapter of their lives as they learn to fall in love. Lu Fangning is the general manager of Luning Group, a large corporation in the business of home furniture. Lu Fangning is a woman who has it all – talented, beautiful and rich. Nearing her thirties, Lu Fangning succumbs to family pressures and decides that she urgently needs a husband with whom she will have a child.
Coincidentally, surgeon Ling Rui appears in front of her. Ling Rui is not only blessed with good looks but also has an angelic heart, which makes him the perfect candidate in the eyes of Lu Fangning. She schemes her way to his life and they finally become husband and wife. Lu Fangning eventually realizes the error in her ways and strives to be better. However, keeping a marriage is not as easy as it seems. (Source: ChineseDrama.info(Source: mydramalist.com)
The lakorn Samee Ngern Phon (2001) was remade again as Piang Chai Khon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised (2016) with Kimberley Voltemas and James Ma, the version most lakorn fans are probably more familiar with. In the original 2001 version, the marriage that took place was arranged by their family, and that doesn’t appear to be the case in Begin Again (2020), so already the cdrama looks like it will differ from the original, which is not a bad thing. One of the main complaints I’ve read and seen (I did watch most of the 2001 version) was that the male lead was too weak and let everyone, including his ex girlfriend, walk all over him. And yes, this did have a horrible nang’rai, a female second lead who clung to the hero and tried to get them to break up, but hopefully this version will tone that down. A lot. Or at least make her somehow likable?