“Phu Yai Lee Gup Nang Ma”- Headman Lee and Ms. Ma
Posted on January 2, 2013
In the summer of 2009, Ploy Chermarn and Por Thrisadee embarked on a fun, kick off your high heels, dig your feet in the buffalo’s mud romantic comedy lakorn entitled “Phu Yai Lee Gup Nang Ma” (Headman Lee and Ms. Ma) produced by Mam Thitima of No Problem Production. Inside this Channel 3 drama, we have a country boy meets city girl, Lady and the proverbial Tramp type plot. Despite the atypical, overly done up storyline used in many lakorns, “Headman Lee and Ms. Ma” manages to stay authentically upcountry- thanks to Por Thrisadee’s fine Suphan accent- and endear us with a very cute drama with staying power.
Ploy Chermarn portrays Malinee, a supermodel (as she likes to call it) who was raised in the sparkling city of Bangkok with a high rolling life. But this city girl is pretty grounded in her personality, she is kind and generous, which makes her a prey to the city slicker (and notorious douchebag) named Dick, who really epitomizes his name. Malinee is blinded by love and doesn’t see his true colors, despite her friend’s nagging to the contrary. Her convenient life gets turned upside down when she learns that her grandmother Madam Wan in Suphanburi has passed away, leaving her a decision to dutifully keep the farm or sell it to the Mysterious Headman Lee.
Por Thrisadee plays Phu Yai Leenawat who remembers a little girl named Ma whom moved to Bangkok at a young age, and whom he promises to await. It was a silly children’s pinky swear but Headman Lee secretly hopes that she will return. Madam Wan has been like a relative to Headman Lee, and supported him financially through college- and essentially, made him into the man he is today, the village headman. Madam Wan’s dying words were that she had hoped her granddaughter would take over her farm, but that she understood each person has their own calling. Therefore the people in Howling Dog Creek Village were convinced that the city girl would sell the land faster than the older woman’s cremation.
The theme of this 14 episode lakorn appears to examine one’s true calling. Although Malinee enjoys the convenience of a developed city, such as electricity, a rice cooker and simple modern conveniences, Malinee doesn’t seem happy at all in the city. Madam Wan once told Headman Lee that she pitied the girl and she would be correct. Because only through the challenge of learning the ropes of being an adept country girl will Malinee discover true happiness and her own worth/strength. And also, find a soul mate who is worthy of her.
Speaking of this particular soul mate, Phu Yai Lee challenges her growth the most. Perhaps deep down he knew what she is truly capable of. I’ve never been a Por Thrisadee fan. I don’t believe I have seen a Por Thrisadee lakorn that I cared for. But this lakorn is showing Por in a different light, which goes to show that if a character is endearing and well written/performed, one’s mind can easily change. Phu Yai Lee is kind, funny and someone you definitely want to root for. His quirky family, especially “son” Pued is adorable and they play off each other nicely.
I like how Phu Yai Lee gets irritated with her high strung life and doesn’t reveal who he really is to her. So he contrives for Malinee to believe that the irritating man she meets is Phu Yai’s worker, when in actuality she’s staring at the revered Phu Yai Lee himself. This makes for some funny scenes. I think part of Phu Yai Lee deems himself the “tramp” and she the “lady” thus are two worlds apart. He has cared about her since she was little, but now as a full grown woman, she has stolen his heart. And surprisingly (even to him), she is a country girl at heart. It is also important to note that Ploy Chermarn has once again proven herself to be a versatile, relevant actress.
Sometimes it is always the underrated, unexpected lakorns that manage to surprise me.
“Headman Lee and Ms. Ma” also evokes warm memories of “Mr. Farmer and his Hi-So Sweetheart,” if anything, for its similar premise. (And perhaps it is due to being part of the same production.) There are glaring differences but at the end of the day, both warm the heart with a pairing that really works. This makes for a jaunt back into the past a very enjoyable one.
Yep, I loved this lakorn too!!
Thank goodness Wishboniko subbed this for those of us that don’t know thai!
Thanks for including the link, forgot to do it on my end. Wishy indeed subbed this gem!
Glad you watched this one! PYLGNM convinced me Ploy makes for a great nang ek! and I myself find Por charismatic onscreen, so the pairing plus the gukgik farm-themed factor of the lakorn was a total win for me–particularly before she discovered he is in fact Phoo Yai Lee himself, heh.
This makes me want to give Por Thrisadee’s other lakorns a shot. I can’t seem to resist his smiles now. The two just makes my cheeks hurt and makes me go gaga over them! I love how they have so much on screen chemistry 🙂
I’d recommend King Kaew Kar Fark(?) with Pat (kind of comedy but with family drama); and Hua Jai Song Park with Taew (a lot less drama, mellow, serious characters). I enjoyed those two with Por in them.
Thanks for the rec. I will give it a shot during lakorn lagging times. Although, I’m not familiar with Pat and as for Taew, she’s kind of on my meh list right now, just not impressed with her lakorns lately.m
But this makes me look forward to Dao Reurng and see how Por Thrisadee and Yaya’s onscreen chemistry will fare. I might even go back and watch Tom Yum Lumsing and see how he does with Chompoo. I’m finding him so charming and adorable now 🙂
Because of your recommendation, Fia, I will watch this one. It is also a plus that Jjinxxy said it’s good.
Yes please do! I’ve been going back to watch my favorite scenes again. Can’t get enough of this wonderful farmer love story 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed PYLGNM Fia! This is one of my favorite lakorns and one of my favorites from No Problem along with Manee Yard Fah, Song Naree and Duang Jai Akkanee.
I’ve always been a big fan of Por Thrisadee ever since he first started acting in 2005. I recommend you give his lakorns with Pat Napapa a try, particularly Likasit Huajai and Barb Rak Talay Fun. They were such a lovely couple with full of chemistry. Even their off screen interactions and relationship was so intriguing and captivating. It’s a pity that Channel 3 overused this Koo Kwan and ruined their chances to ever reunite again. Jao Sao Ban Rai with Numfon Patcharin is also another great work from Por as well.
I know many people dislike him because they think he’s a bad actor and perverted looking but to me, he’s a genuine and down to earth guy who is private, professional and hard working. Sometimes, people need to look beyond physical appearance and try to learn about a celebrity on a more personal level and perhaps they might be pleasantly surprised.
Well that’s news, Por T a perverted guy? Pssh. I don’t see that at all, and as such an avid lakorn fan, I trust my own judgement 🙂 Also, I don’t delve too much into their personal life, whether scandalous or private, I just want them to entertain me. Por T has done that as Phu Yai Lee. Thanks for the recs Sky, and if I have some spare time, I will def check them out. For some reason, Pat Napapa never spoke to me but I’m willing to give her a chance, if anything just to watch Por T on screen again 🙂
I can only assume it’s because he used to have a beard back in 2005 so people thought he was a bit perverted looking? lol. If you ask me, he’s quite a charming guy but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It only irks me when people use appearance as an excuse to hate on someone but hey, to each and their own. Your welcome na. I actually enjoyed all of Por and Pat’s lakorns together but amongst the ones that they actually paired as a couple, Likasit Huajai and Barb Ruk Talay Fun are my absolute favorites. If you don’t mind seeing them pairing with others, do give Mafia Tee Rak a try or even Tey Jai Rak Nak Waang Plan. I’m not a Krit fan but I happened to like Shahkrit/Pat and Por/Pitta pairing and they were cute as siblings with Pat as the overprotective sister.
Happy New Year Fia!! I hope it’s a great one for you.
Back on your blog after a long time. Loved the way you wrote this one. Even without giving the story away you have got me interested. I am definitely going to give this a shot when I am on my next round of lakorn watching, hopefully in a few months.
Hello there Astra, thanks for the warm wishes. As far as I’m concerned, I have the rest of the year to enjoy the new year, heeh. I hope 2013 will bring us lots of smiles. Happy lakorn watching and I highly recommend you give Phu Yai Lee a shot! It’ll make you smile and fall in love with Por Thrisadee, or at least I hope it will!
I very much want to check out Tom Yum Lumsing but sadly it isn’t subbed. 🙁
Re Buang Barp, do you know what the story is about? From the trailer I see Por and Gun fight over Ploy, Ploy being a meanie to Yard and Ploy seems to be a two faced rai with a central role like she was in Kularp Rai Narm. Wonder when it will air cos it seems like they’be been shooting for quite a while!
Ooh, just saw the teaser (apparently they’ve been filming this for awhile now, hopefully it’ll air soon.) This lakorn examines the aspect of karma in our lives, specifically “bad” karma (is karma ever good?) in a period drama. It sounds to me like the focus is on Por Thrisadee who is a cunning guy and Ploy plays a khun nu who wants Por for herself. Yard is the slave and Ploy is threatened by her so she torments her. Gun appears to want Ploy. It looks pretty dramatic dearie, but I kind of want to see how it will all play out. Por looks hot in this too haha. I’m currently obsessed with him so I’ll have to keep going back in time to watch most of his dramas! (I may even recap Tumyum Lumsing and Dao Reurng!)
I’ll dig around for a better synopsis and will get that translated. This coming week is going to be busy.. work is picking up then I’m moving this weekend. Yay! Hope all is well J!