Posted on June 29, 2011
Mae Manee.. Mae Manee ja.. the familiar voice whispered her name in the dead of night, almost as if her dream conjured up the voice. Manee Jan (Ann Siriam) is a modern woman of 1994 who has not realized that fate, in the form of a mirror will take her to her soulmate who lives some hundred years ago. Khun Luang Thep (Tua Saranyu), a well mannered, traditional man in every sense of the word never realized that a mere woman from the future will aid him in his patriotic endeavor and be his life partner. Both knew not of one another, but goes through life in their prospective times as if waiting for someone.
An antique mirror acts as the connecting door from Manee Jan’s world to Khun Luang’s world. It is its own entity, calling her, demanding her and only allowing her to visit either worlds on its own accord. If Manee Jan missed or refused the calling, she would develop a severe physical reaction. It seemed as though only she was privy to the mirror’s callings.
This is a classic love tale about two very different people coming literally from two very different worlds. They have enormous challenges and obstacles ahead of them. Can their love last through time, can they overcome their periodic differences, and accomplish their patriotic duties all during the time frame provided by the mirror?
I originally watched Taweepob when it aired in 1994 but for clarity purposes I re-watched it. I can definitely say that the emotions that overcame me while watching this in ’94 was the same as I watched it today. That goes to show that a good lakorn will stand the test of time, whether it would be the shirts with shoulder pads, blocky cellphones, none of that matters because the cast chemistry and acting abilities overshadowed them all.
Taweepob (1994) is a successful production for another reason as well: the depth of the storyline. One really gets a good idea of the lifestyle of Khun Luang Thep’s time; the way they dress, eat, speak, mannerism and historic figures. The way the storyline progressed makes sense, the action/reaction and characterization falls into place. I haven’t seen a storyline that develops so well, perhaps these are many reasons why Taweepob was a hit among the viewers as well as critics. The production won lakorn of the year during its time and it is about to experience a remake. I am curious to find out whether it will live up to the successes or improve in its depth and understanding of our time.
Tua Saranyu and Ann Siriam did a phenomenal job in their portrayal of Khun Luang Thep and Manee Jan. A few scenes that stood out for me was when they first met, after it was determined that she wasn’t a ghost, Khun Luang said ..”It’s like I’ve been waiting for someone…until you showed up.” And the scene after the meeting with Jao Tan and Manee Jan has impressed him. Khun Luang said, “Can you not be a Khun Ying today.. that if you wait.. you can be one down the road,” as if saying you can be my Khun Ying..” I love how Khun Luang’s character speaks the way he feels. He’s unassuming, doesn’t play any games and such a true man.
Throughout this lakorn I got goosebumps, whether it is from the suspense or the way that Khun Luang looks at Manee Jan, it is as if he is looking at her soul.
Here is the playlist that I used from TukTukLand on youtube, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Taweepob, Filmed in 1994
Also known as Two Worlds
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Period
Duration: 21 Episodes, Ch.7
Ann Siriam as Manee Jan
Tua Saranyu as Khun Luang Thep
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Tagged: Ann Siriam, Taweepob (1994), Tua Saranyu
I have to say that Tawee Pope remake 2011 was actually pretty good too. Maybe it was the fact that Om Akapan played in there… but who am I to say when I had no clue who Om was until I watched Tawee Pope. 😉 I honestly think you should watch the remake. Although many viewers who have seen the ’94 version are disliking the latest version, I think Pancake and Om did a fantastic job! I have to say though, the history that Manee was to help with didn’t stick out as much. It was mainly focused on their love. Their destined love.
Hi Mary, it seems the verdict for TP2011 is split in the middle, some love it and some hate it. It is still on my ‘to watch’ list though, as I am curious to see how it plays out. I am a strong believer that if you’re going to do a remake, make it different, because I can always watch the ’94 version again if I want to see the exact same sequence. Thanks for sharing your two cents, I would love to exchange more thoughts with you after I watch it =)
I watched 2011 version first because It had full engsub series and because I didnt know that there was 1994 version. I have to say I liked the new version, mostly because of the storyline, it was great, but to tell the truth their acting (both Om and Pancake) is not so great, it’s ok but not great, I think Om tried his best and put all the effort into this lakorn but he just couldnt, always feel like he had tons of Kgs on his shoulder, I mean lots of pressure while Pancake was kind of too much, trying to be cute, though I like her but she was annoyed sometimes.
compare to parts I watch from 1994 version, it was so different, they are so natural being with each other playing their role, the P’ek, he has his own way with the eyes, his eyes could speak out of his mind, every time he stopped his talk to think carefully before he said anything, just look at his eyes you couldd see his mind and his thought, and when he looked at her, its more than sweet, its something a lot deeper…
sorry, I dont really know how to describe my thought clearly, just saw your writing and wanted to comment.(my English is not so gud, hehehe)
Awe thanks for commenting Trang! I absolutely adore the ’94 version! Saranyu was one of my favorite old time actor. He is amazing in every lakorn he films, believe it or not. I can’t even recall one that sucked because he just makes them all amazing. I haven’t gotten around to watching the new version yet due to time constraints. I’m glad to hear that you did enjoy it, for what it is =) it seems many people have different opinions, must be one of those love it or hate it lakorns. It’s so good to hear from you by the way!! I hope all is well!
Is there any english sub for taweepob 1994, I really want to watch it.
Since it is an old lakorn, most likely there is no eng sub, unless some kind soul went back in time..
I watched the 2011 version and loved it. Then I found out about the 1994 version and out of curiosity, I watched it on youtube where a kind soul had translated about 10 episodes of it… and that’s the worst part!!! I loved the 1994 version and would love to find out what went on after episode 10 but I don’t understand Thai and can’t find any other subbed version anywhere else. The person who translated it on youtube stopped after about 10 episodes 2 years ago and don’t seem to be continuing… Sigh. Can any kind soul here who watched the entire drama tell me what is happening after episode 10? I’m at the state that I’m grateful for just a summarised version of each episode. Anyone? Please?