Tag Archives: unconventional lakorn

ทองเนื้อเก้า (thong neua kao) OST

15 August 2015. TV = 1188.4 hours. AUA: reading/writing classes = 60 hours, advanced class = 1203 hours, total class time = 2201 hours; currently at reading/writing level 2.

OST from the 2013 ทองเนื้อเก้า (thong neua kao), which I’m currently rewatching:

The lakorn itself is far from typical, and well worth watching.

 

Brought To You By The Letter ท

4 October 2014, TV = 884.7 hours

Time for me to take a break from blogging so I can get out of Bangkok and see some parts of Thailand that I’ve not yet been to. But before I go, here’s a คาราบาว (carabao) song with a connection, tenuous as it may be, to the พยัญชนะไทย — the Thai “consonants” which I had  been posting about (see here) before detouring into the world of Thai TV these last couple posts. continued…

An Offbeat Nangek (นางเอก)

3 October 2014, TV = 883.4 hours

The little mustachioed man wearing the yellow shirt is one of the delightfully odd minor characters that populate นางเอก (Nangek)1, a lakorn I recently finished watching. Here he responds to his master’s oh-so-earnest questions about love with short ironic quips — in a rather emphatic English, no less — that sharply strip away any notions of romance or seriousness, instead reframing the topic at hand as farce. Well, perhaps the kind of servant who’s sharp enough to not totally buy into his masters’ agendas inevitably winds up an actor, one who can’t help but see the boards of the stage he finds himself on, and who lacks the luxury of viewing himself as anything other than a bit player. In short, a buffoon — but one with an unusual vantage point. continued…

Ordinary Lives: เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao

12 August 2014, TV = 843.5 hours

Pan and Wow at home, from เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao, a 2014 Thai PBS lakorn.

Pan and Wow at home, from เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao, a 2014 Thai PBS lakorn.

เด็กชายในเงา dek chai nai ngao is one of a few lakorn I’ve seen that I’ve come to think of as “unconventional” or “atypical” in their willingness to break with the formulae and conventions that practically define lakorn as a genre.1 continued…

สูตรรักพลิกล็อค SoodRakPhlikLock

4 June 2014, TV = 775.9 hours

Title shot from สูตรรักพลิกล็อค SoodRakPhlikLock, a 2013 Media Channel lakorn

Title shot from สูตรรักพลิกล็อค SoodRakPhlikLock, a 2013 Media Channel lakorn

สูตรรักพลิกล็อค SoodRakPhlikLock is unusual for a lakorn not only because of its length – a mere six hours – but because it takes some turns that run counter to what you’d expect of a typical lakorn. continued…

Illiteracy Issues

7 December 2013; AT5 = 1063 hours; total class time = 2001 hours; TV = 467.5 hours

You’d think that being illiterate in a country’s language would present some major practical problems, like not being able to negotiate government forms, or menus or street signs. But the government forms I’ve encountered have all been bilingual English-Thai, and though it can be slow-going, my minimal reading skills are basically up to deciphering menus. As for street signs, if they’re all in Thai I can make out roughly what they sound like, though with Thai (mis)pronunciation, a miss is usually as good as a mile.

Not being able to read Thai, it’s little problems that crop up. continued…