Hong Sabat Lai, First Impressions
Posted on August 14, 2012
Dramatic beginnings for our political thriller “Hong Sabat Lai,” Nay (Janie Tienphosuwan) witnessed the murder of her parents at a very young age and was carted off to Paris by her father’s best friend, a fellow businessman who raised her and instructed her that she must put away the trauma and pain behind her- while her younger brother, Wee or Don (Alex Rendell) was taken under their driver’s wing as his son, living a humble and meager life in Thailand. Fast-forward 10 years; Nay has grown up to be a regal, serious and beautiful woman. She became quietly engaged to Siwat (Art Pasut), her father’s best friend’s son, yet they could not marry until their ultimate goal and plan become realized.
Her father’s best friend, whom Nay regarded as “Uncle,” has devised an elaborate plan to go after the greedy and corrupt man who had murdered her parents. The death of her parents not only represented her tragic past, but it implicated the country’s welfare too. So Uncle contrived for Siwat to run for congress and eventually unveil the bad man’s true colors. However in order to return to Thailand and remain safe from the bad guys, Uncle hired a bodyguard, Rabin (Por Nattawut) to protect Nay. Rabin is not your average bodyguard mind you, he used to be a cop (and very capable one at that) back in Thailand but has lost hope in life as a cop after losing his loved one. He covered up his angst by appearing the complete opposite on the outside, goofy and cheerful, but on the inside, he is tortured and missed his beloved one so.
The first episode sets up the impression of a mature and heavy storyline amidst action, political plot as well as a love triangle. Nay and Siwat are complete lovebirds, while Rabin watched on with wistfulness, because he once had someone he cared deeply about. Their encounter was friendly and natural. It makes me genuinely want to see how the relationship and situations will change and stray, especially when Nay has to remain under watchful eyes of her protector, Rabin, while her beloved, Siwat, embark on the challenges and distractions of an election, including a new love interest (Tee) who will complicate matters even more.
I didn’t have many expectations going into this drama, but when I saw Alex’s face in the commercial, this drama has completely up the ante for me! Good or bad, I shall persevere for Alex. He plays as Wee or Don who was raised by their driver but remained as a good kid, even if he felt that he lacked in true familial love, after all, he was torn away from his family. Who would better represent an internally tortured character than Alex Rendell? He is so convincing on screen, just his first introduction; I felt the tears already threatening to fall. He may not be the hottest pr’ek out there, but he certainly is one of the most compelling. His acting as Wee/Don is spot on. We also get to watch his love story with Or; his adopted father’s biological daughter. I am looking forward to more of Alex’s screen time as well as how this brother-sister reunion will fare. They were separated by 10 years time! Take out a box of tissues!
I like the contrast in personality of Nay and Rabin (Janie and Por), he’s goofy, she’s serious. It appears as if he will be the one to cheer her up. Yet deep down, he’s still so broken from his lost love that I’m thinking Nay will be the one to patch him up. Janie has great chemistry with Siwat (since they are engaged on screen) and I’m looking forward to her chumming up with Rabin too, because I can see the onset of a natural, simmering chemistry in the making.
There is a clear theme in this lakorn, good versus evil, but amidst that, we have a compelling story about a love that will be tested and tried. So far, so good.
What think you? Is it your cup of tea? I’m going to stay tune for a myriad of reasons: most importantly to cry with Alex.
I presume Art plays Siwat? Then he won’t be getting the girl. D:
He is and that he will not.. He loses more than the n’ek in this lakorn.
Hi Fia, Its been so crazy for me at work that I still haven’t a chance to read your final review of TNNKK and comment :(. It was sheer coincidence that I saw this update of yours though. I had booked marked your blog and at work, I was search for another booked and clicked this for some reason. So glad I did 🙂 .
You have got me totally interested in this lakorn now. If the acting. screen play and direction are good, this can make for a really good story and viewing. Do you know if anyone is recapping and/or subbing this one ?
This was a fantastic first impression. Tight writing as always. You convey everything and still manage to stay tight. I love that.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting despite your busy schedule, Astra! I understand how work can be overwhelming sometimes, but it certainly makes the day go by faster 🙂
At this time, I am not aware of anyone who is recapping/subbing HSL, but if I hear of anything I will be sure to let you know. I’ll definitely be tuning in. Feel free to browse my links section to view related sites.
I look forward to your feedback re TNNKK 🙂
Have a great rest of your week!
Haa I decided to watch this because of Alex too! At first I wasn’t interested at all — perhaps because of the lack of promotions. But when I saw the BTS, oh my beloved Alex’s here! I’ll tune in of course. I’m just not sure when I’ll be able to see this b/c I’m busy with works. Currently I’m only able to watch Sao Noi and Rak Gert Nai Talad Sod. :/
Sounds like a busy schedule 🙂 it’s always nice to have lakorns to watch, what would we do without them? I’m currently watching Rak Kerd Nai Talad Sod and Hong Sabat Lai, but I dislike waiting for them to air.. marathoning a lakorn has its perks.
This sounds to familiar with Kularp… shoot… I don’t even know the Thai romanji title, but it is called Evil Rose with Bee Namthip and darn it… shoot me again lol I forgot who played pra ek! Minus the whole bodyguard and fiance side plot. Maybe just the premise that makes it so similar to one another. I cannot do Por’s lakorn. I have tried many many many times. He was the reason I couldn’t finish Ruk Prakasit 2012. I blamed that one lakorn he played opposite of Kat English. After that, I just like to skip his lakorn. But you know what I will give this a shot, maybe just watch cuts. I do really like Art so seeing him play second is another reason I might give up watching.
I think you’re referring to Kularb Satan with Captain and Bee. I don’t know much at all about it 🙂
I hope this will be a good “Por” lakorn, because ever since he left ch.7, his lakorn kinda sucked. I fell in love with his acting in the lakorn with Aump P, where he gained the ability to read people’s mind. It was a great action lakorn! May have to go back and rewatch. As for Art, this is the first one for me.
Same with fun, I do like Art so I’d rather not see him as a character who loses everything. His angsty face in that poster does look yummy though. Haaaa. I’ve not watched a Por N lakorn before but ehhh, his face really doesn’t do it for me. Is he a strong actor?
Not particularly strong per say, but the characters he played in the past are endearing. I honestly felt that he did better when he was at ch.7. Too much competition at ch.3, hehe. He still needs to prove me wrong, hopefully this one will do the trick? I also think that fangirling for certain pr’eks (like watching certain lakorns) are so subjective.
Since I’ve never seen Art in a lakorn before- and now that his real life personality is tainted- I don’t know if I can grow to like him on screen. I will admit that to me, he’s fine as the second lead..
Yes, a fickle fan I am 🙂
Are you gonna do a recap on this lakorn? I love Art but it’s ashame that he usually play 2 when it comes to primetime lakorn.
I haven’t been asked to do a recap for this yet, lol. According to the poll a few weeks ago, not many are vying for a recap, so at this time, I’m not sure.. at least if I decide to pick it up, you’ll read it, right? Heeh.
Anyone else want a recap for Hong Sabat Lai?! Speak up, pls.. Don’t wanna spend hours recapping something that no one will read, know what I mean?
Oh k & yes of course if you do a recap Im read it 🙂 But I understand if you don’t. Btw I just want to say I love your blog, this the first time I actually left a comment but I been reading & visiting your blog for quiet sometime now. Thanks for your hard work & keeping us updates especially for people like me who don’t understand Thai but love thai lakorn 🙂
This calls for an official welcome to my blog then, Sophorn 🙂 thanks very much for your continued support! If HSL has enough demand for a recap, I will certainly consider picking it up as my new project. Allow me to watch ep2 next week and if it continues to keep me on my toes, I may just post a recap for ya. Happy Friday btw!
Thank you really apprecciate it but don’t feel obligated too. Im still visit your blog since we do have a common interest plus I’m a big fan of Aum also & I know you usually do recap on his lakorn right? lol & Happy Friday to you too 🙂
Ah you’re so sweet. And yes, I’m a huge Aum fan so there’ll always be some spazzing post re his lakorns. Can’t help myself: he’s my perfect 10 in lakorn pr’eks. Glad to hear we have similar tastes, feel free to spazz along anytime 🙂
Hi Fia, thank you for the summary! I wish someone would like to sub this lakorn. I do want to watch a good lakorn for a change. Personally I think it’s been a long dry season for worth watching lakorns. I always love Janie’s acting, and a huge bonus Alex Rendell is in it. Pleaseeee inform us if you decide to sub this lakorn *huge grin* or if another people want to eng-subebd this. Love from Indonesia
My pleasure, Mawar. If I hear of anyone who is subbing this, I will be sure to advertise it here. Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback.
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