Suparburoot Juthathep (Gentlemen of Juthathep) Review & Fia’s Top Picks
Posted on July 8, 2013
The Gentlemen of Juthathep is a five part series taken place in the span of the 1960’s surrounding the lives of five brothers of Juthathep palace who were raised by their two grandmothers after a car accident that claimed the lives of their parents, namely Mom Chao Vichakorn Juthathep.
Born into the prestigious title of Mom Ratchawongse, the five brothers are set on a pedestal by their grandmothers to not only be a gentleman, but to set a good example, defend the underdog and marry well. Especially marry well. And we get to witness how each one tackle this issue.
This sets the premise of the struggles and conflict in this series. The five Juthatheps inherited a responsibility greater than the sum of their parts: one of them must marry a lady of the Thewaproms due to a sacred promise that their father made with a “friend” who saved his life. To avoid marriage is to be an ingrate and that is the biggest ado in this period.
So we start off with the eldest, Mom Ratchawong Tharatorn Juthathep (aka Khun Chai Yai) who is an archaeologist and professor. Because he is the eldest, he decides to take on the burden of fulfilling their father’s promise. One of his students and also a young lady that he has grown up with, Mom Luang Raweerampai (aka Maprang) inconveniently catches his attention and he finds himself having to choose between her and the sweet Mom Luang Katesara Thewaprom. They have an excursion in the ancient temples as the girls disguises themselves as men, where Khun Chai Yai unceremoniously falls for Maprang but doesn’t realize it. His story is easygoing, a mixture of romance tied in with protecting the country’s treasures. From this first part, our five brothers became known throughout the country as the Five Lions of Juthathep, due to their triumph over evil. It’s a good introduction to the series, a teaser of what is to come, if you will, and there’s no where to go but up.
Then Mom Ratchawong Pawornruj Juthathep (aka Khun Chai Ruj) comes along and throws a little kerosene into the firepit, flaming some serious attention to the Suparburoot series. A diplomat with a complexity: he plays mom to his brothers, ensuring all their needs are met because it’s what he likes doing despite being born from a mother with a servitude background. He is known as Kitchen Khun Chai for that matter, and it’s been his handicap ever since. On his diplomatic trip to Switzerland, he meets with Khun Rasa, who is actually Than Ying Wanrasa his childhood playmate, but disguises herself as a commoner because she resented the fact that he doesn’t remember her right off the bat. This deception bites her in the butt as the two fall in love, but his lower status and mentality keeps him from pursuing her. The two is able to mend their broken hearts from previous relationships, but faces their status differences and the arranged marriage with the Thewaprom girl, whom Khun Chai Thewapan had conveniently procured from the country.
Next in line to adhere to Daddy Juthathep’s promise is Mom Ratchawong Phutipat Juthathep (aka Khun Chai Pat, Khun Chai Mor) who is a progeny to medicine, the revered neurosurgeon. His debut on-screen, and the fans could not get enough. He meets his crutch in the crowned Miss Siam and champions her (although reluctantly at first.) Her character, ladylike skills won him over as he not only protect her from the army general who eats beauty queens for breakfast, but he must overcome the determined Mom Luang Maratree Thewaprom who is a nurse, as well as his grannies who must ensure one of the boys marry well and marry a Thewaprom. We watch (with awe) how a strict doctor turns into a doting husband.
The stakes are higher by the time Mom Ratchawong Ratchanon Juthathep happens by, a civil engineer and a gentleman who appreciates the ladies. He prefers to determine his own fate and arranges to oversee a construction project in Nong Khai, where he gets immersed in the middle of Wieng Phu Kam’s political turmoil. He meets his match in Soifah, a Warrior Princess who gives him a run for his money. Despite running far away from marriage to a Thewaprom, he finds himself seemingly happy to be married to Soifah even if it’s merely on paper. The plot thickens around the search for the crown prince, the resurrection of the throne, as well as introducing Soifah to his grannies, who can only see her as a savage in their eyes.
And finally, the youngest brother is in the limelight, Mom Ratchawong Ronnapee Juthathep (aka Khun Chai Phee), a revered pilot for the Air Force. He is the last hope for the grannies and for the Thewaproms, they are determined to see this through, at all cost. The drama is upped and so is the angst. Being the last one in line, Chai Phee is like a lonely soul, lost and somewhat confused with his own fate- until a beautiful angel falls into his arms and makes him want what his brothers have: a soul mate. But in order to ensure she loves him for who he is, and not his nobility line, Chai Phee becomes Khun Phee, a farmer. But love doesn’t come easily to Piangkwan, the actress, who believes that love inevitably fails you. Chai Phee is tasked with proving her wrong as well as fighting against his fears, her many baggage and overcoming his grannies objections. The conflicts are insurmountable, making me wonder if their love can be united in the end.
For four wonderful months, we have one enthralling series after another, following the lives of five gentlemen who are not afraid to question authority, confront shenanigans, stand up for righteousness and fight for what they believe in. They are so giving, so loveable in their own ways. And they learn that their name “Juthathep” should not be the end all, it should not define or make them better than anyone else. They have been expected to live up to the pedestal that Grandma Aiet has put them on, but confronting her that it hasn’t been easy being a Juthathep- to admit that and to finally fight for their loved one- is a liberating task, and a great climax to the whole series.
And so.. drum roll…I have chosen the top picks for our Suparburoot Series, that’s what we’ve been leading to after all, right? (This is really tough! And everyone has their own favorites so feel free to share your list.)
Khun Chai Ronnapee
There were some serious contenders (Pawornruj and Ratchanon), but none left an impact on me like Khun Chai Ronnapee did. It is an emotional ride with Chai Phee to the end, watching him singlehandedly take on his oppositions and coming out looking the hero we love him to be. This lakorn also has all aspects of a good, intense drama: the action, romance, intrigue.
Pope Thanawat, Khun Chai Pawornruj
Simply on the basis that Khun Chai Pawornruj has been given the most depth and that Pope plays him to a tee. He is able to portray the myriad of emotions going through Chai Ruj with a snap of his fingers. Skills.
Taew Nataporn, Khun Chai Ratchanon
She can speak Isaan flawlessly, she fights like a warrior, fierce and strong- Taew challenges us to rethink and do away with the clichéd lakorn heroines.
Medta Lae Mahaniyom, Khun Chai Ronnapee
The series is shot with filming camera, not lakorn cameras, which offers a video quality that beats out the other four. It has a moody, brooding tone that suits well with the change and electric charge of the atmosphere, allowing the actors to portray their characters beautifully. I know I’ve said it before, but this lakorn is breathtaking.
Khun Chai Ronnapee
The entire original soundtrack of Suparburoot is amazing, but specifically the songs accompanying Khun Chai Ronnapee stole the show: Rak Yoo Neua Garn Wayla, Ya bok hai chan pai (Don’t tell me to go) by Chin Chinawut (and it’s poignant score), Athit Ab Sang by Dom as well as the multiple use of other background songs and music that suits the mood of the lakorn perfectly. Every time I hear the score, my tears threaten to fall.
Khun Chai Ratchanon
In terms of plot and character development, Khun Chai Ratchanon has it in spades. From the leading actors to the supporting cast, they are full dimensional characters. The plot of redeeming the throne back to the rightful power has captivated the country, thus skyrocketing the ratings from the onset of its premier date.
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE + BEST CHARACTER
James Ma as Khun Chai Ronnapee
From his cunning start to his poignant ending, I have felt for James Ma as Chai Phee. He is committed to the delivery of each scene and it packs a punch when you watch him go from the character of a spoiled younger brother, to a skillful pilot and fighter, to a dedicated lover. A+.
|BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Gubkib Sumonthip, Khun Chai Pawornruj
|BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Top Jaron, Khun Chai Ratchanon
James Ma and Mint Chalida
Pope Thanawat and Mew Nitta
Khun Chai Ratchanon
|MOST POPULAR ACTOR(FANGIRL)
James Jirayu, Khun Chai Puthipat
Vilairumpa, Khun Chai Ronnapee
It’s been a great journey with five different production teams, five different books, but completely five fresh stories to lose ourselves to. Suparburoot has taken us into a period where character is more important than station and that true love conquers all. It’s already so hard to move on, we’ve spent the better part of 2013 with these Khunchais. I am still a mess after Chai Phee’s story ended.
So I thank you for tuning in, reading my reflections, and spazzing with me. I think I’m all fresh out of tears. Channel 3 really knocked their 43rd anniversary project out of the park!
I can’t believe this is over- *sob*
I know same here. I can’t believe it has already ended. I’ve spent half my 2013 years watching it. I’m super duper sad. D: It has a really big impact on me. I didn’t want it to end at all. It is true. All the brothers are so cute and adorable and loving in their own ways. I agree with the best Actor. I think Pope really did pull it off. I cried a lot in his episode. I can’t wait for the next big series. It was really hard to choose which story I liked more because they were all so good. & I’m glad they went with this cast because each of them did a really good job. I can’t imagine Marie playing Soifah. I dont’ understand why some people doubt James Ma. I mean I felt every emotion they he felt because he was that good.
They probably doubted him because it was and is his first lakorn. All good pra’eks have to start somewhere and James Ma knocked his debut out of the park. I literally clapped for him at the end of “Khun Chai Ronnapee”.
Agree with you, Fia. Although Chai Pee’s story is full of angst (which is usually not my cup of tea), his story is the only one the tugs my heart. He makes me want to root for him. And the music is so beautiful and enhances the nuance. Can feel his loneliness from the music. I also like Vilairumpa as a villain. She is so scary ><. From previous series we know that Vilairumpa is a smart girl but to see her in full action is truly scary.
They have saved the best for last. Thanks for the comments, Sandii and coco 🙂 I miss these boys already. Weekends won’t be the same..
Nice review, Fia. This is my first time watching Teaw, and i’m quiet impress with her acting. So i’ll check out her other lakorns soon. Hopefully i can find those with English subs. My w’end nights will never be the same again. I have feeling that i will re-watch these series soon haha 😀 … missing James Ma already :p
I’m so sad to see it end…but glad we were there for the ride! That’s all we can ask for right?!
I agree with you on so many of those categories…I know I’m biased and a definite fangirl of James J but I can see as a whole how much each story held it’s own and sucked us into the last one with Khunchai Ronapee! We were spoiled by channel 3 and the effort they put in bringing those 5 books to life.
I miss them all so much that I had to go back and marathon my favorite episodes!
I also decided to create my own categories, all in random order–I hope others will join in!
BEST CRYER–Chai Ruj (love him!)
THE COUPLE I KEPT SCREAMING AT TO KISS ALREADY–Kaew + Chai Pat
THE COUPLE THAT MADE ME ALMOST BITE OFF ALL MY NAILS–Kwan and Chai Pee
MY FAVE PARTS—I loved loved loved all the parts where the brothers were together and teased/tricked/cajoled each other to get their way.
I’m sure I have more crazy awards I haven’t given out yet but I’ll let others put in their two cents 🙂
Fia, thank you for writing this. It was a pleasure to read your opinion. I see that you are completely taken away by Khun Chai Ronnapee. Can’t wait to watch that..!!
Thanks again, Fia, for your final review and your top picks. You nicely summarized all five stories crystal clear! It was so exciting to read your top picks! It’s like getting your exam results. 🙂 Now here’s my top pick list.
BEST LAKORN – Khun Chai Ronnapee
BEST ACTOR – Pope Thanawat, Khun Chai Pawornruj
BEST ACTRESS – Taew Nataporn, Khun Chai Ratchanon
BEST COUPLE – James Ma and Mint Chalida
See , we two see eye to eye on our choices. That’s why I love your blog! 😀
My favorite Khunchai list according to the portrayal of their characters:
1. Chai Phee ( my golden romantic boy: I fell in love with his voice and his unwavering love )
2. Chai Ruj ( He makes me cry my heart out. Perfect husband material. 🙂
3. Chai Yai ( He’s my big hero..there to catch me when I fall )
4. Chai Lek ( Such a hunk with laughter in his eyes..life with him will never be dull )
5. Chai Pat ( He’s ok but not my spec..:-P Please don’t kill me, Chai Pat’s fans! I come in peace.
My other favorite Khunchai is Chai Chat, the crown prince of Wieng Phu Kam.
I like all the ladies of the five Khunchais. Each has a unique character that complements her Khunchai. The same goes for the two grandmas too. Such characters!
I like all the OST.
I agree with all your picks!!! I have to say though one of my most favorite scenes is the one where all the brothers are trying to convince Chai Pat to go to the pageant. I love watching that scene over and over again. They’re hilarious and I felt like that’s the one scene where Chai Pee really sucked me into his character. The two saddest scenes for me, that truly made me cry was the scene where Chai Ruj was crying with Ya Orn and the scene where Chai Ruj reads Chai Pee’s note to his brothers. I have to say I watched every single story and didn’t skip any of the episodes and this is the best series I have seen thus far. Hats off to all the production teams and actors/actresses no matter how small the roles they played or how big, everyone pulled this off perfectly!!!!
Now what will I do with my weekends!!!!!
Love reading your blog Fia. Thanks for summarizing each part and your picks. I’m sad that it has ended.
Here’s my picks/awards:
Best Lakorn: Khun Chai Ronnapee (Khun Chai Rachanon and Khun Chai Pawornruj were really close, but they didn’t have an impact on me like Khun Chai Ronnapee did.)
Best Actor: Pope Thanawat, Khun Chai Pawornruj
Best Actress: Taew Nataporn, Khun Chai Rachanon
Best Couple: James Ma and Mint Chalida
Best Supporting Actor: Top Jaron, Khun Chai Rachanon
Best Supporting Actress: Gubgib Sumonthip, Khun Chai Pawornruj
Best Supporting Couples: Mint Nutwara & Deaw Suriyon (Khun Chai Taratorn), Beau Savitree & Pop Thagoon (Khun Chai Ronnapee)
Best Parents: Mom Luang Raweerumpai’s parents (Khun Chai Taratorn)
Favorite Khun Chai Juthatep: Khun Chai Ronnapee (James Ma), I just loved him. James Ma was really cute in the role, I was all smiles whenever I saw him. 🙂
Favorite N’ek: Piengkwan (Mint Chalida), she is a combination of the Juthatep daughter in laws. Proper and kind like Maprang, sweet and loving like Wanrasa, hardworking and caring like Krongkaew, stubborn and strong like Soifah. She’s my favorite type of n’ek. Not too strong that the guy can’t do anything and not too weak so that everyone else can walk all over her.
Breakout Performance: Hands down, it’s James Ma. He did such an amazing job as Chai Pee. He melted my heart the moment I saw him. He now reserves a special place in my heart 🙂
The breakdown of the Juthatep Gentlemen:
Chai Pee: The unconditionally loving pilot. He’s a fighter, he doesn’t walk away from what he loves. I just fell in love with him.
Chai Ruj: The loving brother and diplomat, has all of the qualities that I want in a husband.
Chai Lek: The tall, dark and handsome engineer, very flirty but also very loving. He’s very silly and funny. Very lovable.
Chai Yai: The cautious archaeologist, quite naive and doesn’t know much about love, but very wise. He thinks before he talks, very considerate of others.
Chai Pat: The focus doctor. Very straightforward and hardworking. When he smiles, he’s very handsome. Love James Jirayu, but not so much Khun Chai Puttipat. Sorry Chai Pat lovers, don’t hate me.
Sorry for the long list. Love the ost for this series. Lovefia, we do see eye to eye. Your blog is the best 🙂
Hey guys! @Raiya @Kool @sweetiedara Thanks for chiming in with your lists and additional comments as to why you adore each Khunchais, which I’m glad you brought up! So here is mine:
Chai Yai- the rock for the brothers, someone they always fall back on.
Chai Ruj- the nurturer. Always there to lend an ear and a handkerchief.
Chai Pat- the sensible one, you’re too smitten? Get a hold of yourself! Ha, love him despite wanting to throttle him sometimes in Khun Chai Ronnapee. When a bro needs a hug, he basically gives him a reality check. Pfft.
Chai Lek- Need him around for a good laugh, a chuckle, a good ole time.
Chai Phee- certainly his muscles and guns were handy for all the bros. He’s the first to volunteer to put his life on the line. Tough, yet always willing to ask his bros for help. I LOVE him.
All in all, they are brotherly love. No matter what, as a whole unit, they are greater than the sum of their parts.
@belle @cherish we need these bros to film another lakorn asap so we can miss them less.
@suzsuz, can’t wait to get your reaction when you watch Khun Chai Ronnapee.. be sure to drop me a line!
Thanks all- for the comments 🙂
P’Fia, thank you so very much for this article. I too am going thru khun chai withdrawal now that the series has ended and I am reading everything about them that i could find and soaking it all up. Don’t want it to end yet. Your reviews/summary/rating is so very well done and I agree with all your comments/picks here. I too love Saofah and Khun chai Lek but Khun chai Pee stole my heart and same with Piangkwan. PiangKwan indeed is the strong determined yet loving spirit that we all need in our lives. I love all the brothers beginning with Chai Yai and his beloved. They bring smiles to my face whenever I see how sweet they are together. Chai Ruj is so strong and determined in his love for his princess. I love that couple too. For some weird reason I never got to finish Chai Put and Krongkiew. But they too seem fitting. So hard to choose my favorites because they are all different and great in their own way. But I have to say Chai Pee epitomizes the gentleman qualitites, strong yet delicate, honorable and respectful, loving yet reasonable. Thank you again for providing the space for me to read and enjoy everyone’s comments. It’s been great crying, laughing and spazzing with all of you.
Love all the five series. Yes, Khun Chai Ronnapee pulled on your heartstrings and you could feel all his emotions whether they were sad, happy, joyous or down right heartbreaking. I have watched many Thai drama and I have to say this is one of my favorite.
My favorite is Khun Chai Ratchanon. I love seeing strong women who don’t back down from a challenge and know what they want. Soifah was a fighter, fierce, independent and a worthy partner for Khun Chai Lek. I also agree that Piangkwan, is a combination of Soifah and the other sisters -in-law.
Khun Chai Ronnappee- shows us that in order for you to find your true love you have you fight for it regardless of who or whom is standing in your way.
Khun Chai Yai – to me he is that steady rock that each family and mate needs in their life.
Khun Chai Ruj – is that caring and giving person who puts others before him and as to be reminded to take time for himself also.
Khun Chai Pat – is that one track mind person – straight forward and tell you like it is. He will love you unconditionally.
Khun Chai Lek – funny loving, easy going but once he finds the one he loves will do anything and everything for them.
Each wife brought someone thing different to the table that made each Khunchai whole and a better person. They each fill that gap that person was lacking or needed.
@Fia – thank you for your recapping, observations, spazzing, and insights. Sincerely appreciated and I will continue to follow you with other dramas.
To all, I have enjoyed reading all your posts, comments and insights. Hopefully we can find another series or drama to help us through our withdrawal symptoms from the Khunchais.
Again, thank you all for the great ride.
I only watched 3 out of 5 of the parts. The ones I watched were Khun Chai Yai, Khun Chai Ruj, and Khun Chai Lek. I did watched the first episode of Khun Chai Pat and Khun Chai Pee but then I wasn’t really into their story. I thought in Khun Chai Pee’s story, it was just too sad and depressing. I didn’t like the soundtracks that was used in there at all. The songs make the story seems even more depressing. Even the make up on the actress were just a bit too dramatic. On the other hand, I didn’t watched Khun Chai Pat’s story because I’m not too fond of Bella’s acting. But if I was to put in order from the ones I watched. My most favorite to my least favorite: Khun Chai Lek will be first, follow by Khun Chai Ruj, and then Khun Chai Yai.
@poowan @dimples21 Thanks for your list as well. Perhaps if we keep going on and on about Suparburoot series, it wouldn’t technically end, right? Sigh. A girl can hope. We should write a fanfiction! Lol.
@-A Thanks for your feedback, we all enjoy lakorns for different reasons and I’m glad that you found some of your favorites in SJ!
That’s why I’m reading these comments over and over again. A girl can only hope. lol. btw, thanks for all the tweets and pics of James Ma and Mint. Love them! if you write fanfiction, you can be sure I’ll be reading them.hehehe…
Ha, wish I have the time. Inspiration is there, but so many recapping projects! Anyone wanna take some of them on so I can disappear to James Ma and Mint wonderland?? Just throwing it out there.
I have to say, this gentlemen series is the BEST one I’ve seen so far. Even better than Four Hearts of the Mountain. The cinematography of Chai Pee is the best. So melodramatic, so romantic (like Pearl Harbor). Chai Pee is one hot pilot. The only thing that bothered me was his high waisted jeans but then that’s old fashion so I let it slide. lol Chai Pat is handsome in his white coat and straight face. He was a bit stiff but then if you think of a nerd, he’s the perfect kind of nerd we all want. Chai Lek is cunning and a jokster. I cannot take him seriously even if the situation is serious and even when he’s super pissed off. Chai Ruj was my sweetheart, everything of a dream husband. His emotional rollercoaster series took me on a great ride. Chai Yai was a bit boring but without him, there wouldn’t be the other brothers. He’s the perfect big brother they all deserve.
Their women complimented them each uniquely. They are all very strong-willed women. It is hard to favorite just one. They were all beautiful and smart in their own ways. Loved it when they were all together waiting for Piengkwan in the garden. It was like Barbie land (a good way). Lol I was thought..”DAMN..they are beautiful!” …and I’m a girl myself.
I wouldn’t change any of the stories for they are all awesome. The only thing I was disappointed about is that Chai Pee helped all the brothers get their soulmates but when it came to his turn, I felt the brothers had neglected his good deeds. They didn’t help him “enough”. Seemed like they were too busy being in love, that they ignored him and his requests. I know they were trying to carry out that stupid promise between the families but it wasn’t fair at all that they got away and just ignored him to deal with the crazies all by himself. It wasn’t until he almost died that their senses returned and worked as a whole. The other thing I was disappointed about is that the ending of Chai Pee should’ve included the whole family together as a big happy family since it is the last of the series…maybe a year or two passed with their families, babies, and pregnancies. It started them as single men together in the Juthathep palace, it should’ve ended there happily ever after too to show and give the audience a satisfying closure. Sigh…gonna REWATCH all! Thanks a bunch, FIA!
@M, thanks for bringing up the gentle ladies of Juthathep, I seem to be so enamored by the men that I’m not giving the ladies their due diligence. So here I go:
M.L. Maprang– she’s so young, I mean Chai Yai is practically robbing the cradle, but I guess it’s normal for that period. There hasn’t been enough substance behind Prang to feel anything but ‘liking’ her for the reason that she’s Chai Yai’s leading lady..
Than Ying– now this chick I can get behind. Despite her initial reaction to Chai Ruj’s neglect, once she falls in love, she’s like a bulldog, determined and strong willed. I was able to completely fall for her and understand her side of the story. LOVE her. Probably my second favorite lady of Juthathep, when she played the violin, thinking about Chai Ruj, that brought me to tears.
Krongkaew– I have to admit, my least favorite. She’s beautiful, but she’s too meek for my liking. I watched the series primarily for Chai Pat.
Princess Soifah– obviously, I gave her best actress award, so she is my favorite. She’s very much like a hero in this regard, tough, smart and uncanny.
Piangkwan– she’s my guilty pleasure. I love what she brings out of Chai Phee. Her life is tough and sad, but she makes no excuses for them, she puts her head down and work. Her pride is her strength and weakness, but out of all of the girls, she deserves the most love, so she receives the most love from Chai Phee (oh and me too!)
Talking about them is like reliving their stories all over again. Happiness!
No prob, Fia. The ladies shined a lot along side of their men. They weren’t weak like other dramas where the men were too aggressive or vice versa. They all strived to survive and had a story to hold them strong. To be frank, they didn’t need the brothers because they can survive by themselves. I love strong-willed women.
We can really go on and on with the Jutathep but that is a good sign of a good story telling no?
The ladies of Juthatep indeed worth their own awards. So this is my list:
1. Princess Soifah. She is my favorite. Tough, smart although sometime she is too hot – headed. I think Taew really makes her character alive. If this is not part of Suparburoot series, I would think that this is her story. Chai Lek is just a mean to an end. Out of the Khun Chais, I can say he is the one with the least faith with his lady even though I can understand where he is coming from.
2. Krongkaew. My view is different from others. She looks meek from the outside but really I think she is just soft – spoken. She doesn’t lack the toughness that Soifah had. If we think about it, she went to BKK all alone. The odds are stacked against her. Her father needs urgent medical treatment and and as far as she know the beauty pageant is her only way out of it. She still has a chance to run before the pageant but she choose to brace it aware of the danger. She did survived for a few days on her own wit in her own way facing one of the most powerful man in the country before Chai Pat came to her rescue.
3. Piangkwan. @Fia, totally agree with your description of her. She is tough and gives no excuse. I love her for she needs lots of love and because Chai Pee loves her.
4. Maprang. She is kind, have a big heart and likable at most. Chai Yai and Maprang’s love is childhood love that builds over time. It’s kinda sweet love type, not earth shattering one.
5. Rasa. I honestly just skimmed over Chai Ruj’s story so I am quite indifferent of her. May be if I watch again I would have something to chime in.
I agree with you on all the ladies. However, I do like Rasa’s determination to fight for her love. Chai Ruj knows his boundaries but it was Rasa’s daring moves to keep fighting for him. I haven’t seen any leading ladies do this. They either give up or hold their feelings in. Rasa knows what she wants and she went for it headstrong to the end.
Thank you so much for taking time to review the fabulous SJ Series, I happen to find your blog a while back when Chai Yai’s part first started airing and I wanted to know more information about the series. Ever since I have been following and reading your posts as a silent reader, but after the ending of one of my most favorite, if not all time, Thai series I just have to say my part but I will talk about the actors/actresses instead since most of what everyone has said here about the stories is the same as what I am thinking.
KHUN CHAI YAI: I watched only the first couple of episodes and the last couple of episodes, while skimming the middle parts because it began to drag. However I agree that it was an introduction to the entire series and gave a glimpse of what was to come. Visually the pair of Great and Preem look very compatible together and they had a sweet back story of childhood love. Unfortunately the direction of the storyline became a bit of a mess that I couldn’t connect to the couple as much as the others but acting wise both leads did well with what they were given. Great as Chai Yai was a central figure in all the brother’s parts, so I have respect and connection to him more than Preem as Maprang unfortunately.Truthfully this part was boring even though it started out okay, but I forgave it’s fault because I miss all the Juthatheps and their wives so much right now.
KHUN CHAI RUJ: I love Pope ever since I saw him in “October Sonata” before he ever did dramas (i read your review for that too), and was very excited to learn that he would be in a leading role. However I wasn’t sure how he would do in a period and what kind of chemistry he would have with a newbie actress. Turns out this one was my favorite part because of the romance and acting from the two leads. I really felt like I was in the 1950-60s, in an era of gentlemen watching Pope and the boys. It’s also this part in the series that I began to believe in the brotherhood of the Juthathep boys and we saw a clearer view of each brothers characteristic. Plus seeing them as little kids was so adorable. I fell in love with Pope’s acting as Chai Ruj because I wasn’t expecting him to be that good, especially in his crying scenes (mad skills). Mew really surprised me to as she got better as the story progressed and I truly believed in her love for Chai Ruj (those backhugs were filled with emotions). Loved that this leading lady actually fought for her man, it was a nice change from the usual. I also loved Dome’s version of the theme song in here the best.
KHUN CHAI PAT: James J, when i first saw bst photos of the SJ project series with the entire cast, I immediately locked eyes on the cutie with the glasses and wanted to know who he was. And boy has he really grown from those first pictures. As a new actor he did well in his role as the stiff, serious, and straightforward doctor. It was fun watching his demeanor fall when he was around Kaew and how he stubbornly refuse to admit that he was falling in love with her. When he did come to terms with his feelings he was so adorable. I also have to give credit to Bella’s portrayal of Kaew, because I saw her first two dramas and she has improved greatly. However this storyline was probably one of the simpler plots that didn’t appeal to me as much and I only continued to watch only for James J because like what others have said of Kaew, her character was a bit on the weak side. Also, this part was really short and packed with sweet moments.
KHUN CHAI LEK: This was the part I was anticipating the most after reading the synopsis and watching the teasers. I mean, it’s about a man who goes into the forest, meets a princess, and helps her regain her country, who doesn’t find that exciting. I agree that this part had the least to do with the SJ series and romance, but more about the political plot and Soifah; who also gets my vote for best actress and leading lady character. I found myself just falling in love with Taew’s portrayal of Soi and kind of forgot about Bomb as Chai Lek. Which is really unfortunate because as great as this story was, the romance was truly not the main attraction. Bomb was super awkward and stiff. It also didn’t help that his character was the least developed leading up to his part in the other series and in even his part. There were moments when he relaxed that he gave the right expression on his face, but majority of the time he sort of yelled out his lines whether he was mad. happy or sad. I did see slight improvement in the last series though from him. But this truly was an entertaining drama with the best plot that can be a stand alone and had a wonderful ensemble cast acting in it as well (pa yah, joi, Khun Chat, OMG so many more). Sidenote: Top who played Khun Chat was originally linked as playing Chai Lek.
KHUN CHAI PEE: Really James Ma you outdone yourself from the very first part of the series in Chai Yai, where you seemed to over exaggerate a bit in your movements, but as the series progressed with each brothers story I found myself adoring James Ma as Chai Pee and waiting anxiously for your story. Unfortunately I was one of those who could not get into the melo mood of the drama because of that sappy overplayed song from the teaser (not Chin’s song I like that one) even though the cinematography was beautiful and more realistic. It took episode 10 for me to actually stop using the fast forward button and watch the episode in it’s entirety. However there were so many memorable scenes that I loved in this last part from the fated first meeting of the lovers to the big reveal at the Juthathep palace and the super intense plane-hospital-aftermath scenes of the Juthathep family members (all in ep 10). Having all the couple in here was also a big plus. Not to mention the wonderful acting of Mint C, who really I never gave much care to as an actress until the crying scene after Chai Pee’s identity came out, which is odd because I have seen all the dramas she has been in. Mint C has really improved as an actress and she shows great potential to keep growing. I also have to give a shout out to Esther as Lampa who really shows the most potential out of all the newbies from the entire SJ cast. Her portrayal of Lampa in this part was haunting and chilling at times (the mirror scene, hospital scene anyone). To people who didn’t know she casted for Than Ying Rasa. Can you imagine that? I mean chemistry would have been there with Pope, but Mew carried a gracefulness about her as Than Ying.
This really has been a wonderful experience watching and following the stories of all 5 Juthathep brothers as they fall in love. I especially adored the period setting that took us away from the typical modern day life into a simpler time and all the pretty dresses. Cannot wait for the next projects of the SJ cast and will continue to support them.
Hi C.H., welcome aboard! I had to sober up from my lack of sleep this week and recapping madness to give your comment it’s due diligence. Thanks for your awesome, long comment btw.
I want to talk about an interesting tidbit you brought up: the casting. Since this project is almost two years in the making, we forget about the original hardwork that goes behind the casting, setting, training etc. They had to build Juthathep Palace from scratch- imagine the work that had to be put into that.
The casting itself is brilliant. It’s funny how we can’t imagine a quintet series without our current cast and their awesome chemistry, so I’m glad things did work out the way that they did. A few things I am glad for: Mint C is not Krongkaew- as much as she is ‘tough’ and stubborn to help her dad, I ended up not caring for her trials. Maybe too much dutifulness for me, ha. And so having Bella being the overly sweet girl worked, but I’m not sure it would have worked so well with Mint C. She plays the serious, angsty roles better, so I’m glad she’s Piangkwan.
And the boys, always the boys, can you imagine the debate going on in channel 3’s casting room, where the head honchos’ duke out who would be casting for whom? Gosh, I wish I could be a fly on the wall sometimes. I’m so curious to learn what went through their minds, why they chose these particular set of 5 guys. Considering that Boy, Nadech, Mark, has already been used for their previous anniversaries, I’m sure they debated for a new set of guys who can carry the show. And boy am I glad it worked out for the channel. Now we have the careers of the new shining stars: James Ji, James Ma, and the melting smile of Bomb Tanin to follow. Not to mention, confirming (over and over again) that Pope Thanawat is the shit! Oh and of course, allowing us to see new match up with the girls as we follow their careers too. Sometimes I wonder what possessed the head honchos to do what they do (in cases of stupid pairings, plots and overall production) but in this case, it certainly doesn’t rely solely on faith. It took time, energy, thought and lots and lots of hard work. But you know, it really paid off, one only need to look at the sky high ratings 🙂
Thanks for relying back I wasn’t expecting that but I agree that all the actors and actresses did very well in their respective roles and had great chemistry in their pairings. I too have always been curious at to how the ch3 producers/directors/elders pick the cast especially for this big project. I remember seeing a picture of all the producers and directors on IG with a whole bunch of picture on the floor saying they just started casting and that was a year ago. I followed this project from the very beginning and from what I know, originally Ken P was the first actor linked to this after his 3 Num Neua Thong debut, he was said to play Chai Ruj. Pope was announced next that his first leading man role would be in this project and he was originally Chai Pat. Can you imagine that, our cutie Khun Chai Mor? I also hear Bella casted for Maprang as well, but she did not look like a boy in the wig so they said no.
@C.H., thank you for the tidbits of information! Casting always surprises me, and I don’t think I would have loved this series any less or any more if Esther was Rasa, or Mint was KrongKaew, or Ken P as Khun Chai Ruj, or even Mark as Khun Chai Pee… thank the heavens and the heads at Channel 3 for settling on the choices they made for the characters.
The chemistry could have been better for some of the couples though. The age gap between Khun Chai Yai and Maprang was evident and even though both Great and Preem are good as Khun Chai Yai and Maprang, I just didn’t feel their love for each other as much as I did the other pairings.
The chemistry between Khun Chai Ruj and Than Ying Taew was a little better, but still I could see the hesitation on Mew’s part.
James Jirayu and Bella had that chemistry and I think this had a lot to do with James J’s bts personality, he seems really warm and able to make friends with just about anyone so he makes it easy to get along with him and believe him. Bella did seem to hold back during some scenes but it seems for the most part, she went along with James and let him carry out scene as the hidden romantic doctor that he is.
Taew and Bom were my second most favorite with chemistry as I think Bom is able to follow Taew’s lead (being the wonderful actress that she is). Also, having Chai Lek be the funny and fun-loving brother, it was easy see their relationship grow from her hating him to loving him.
Last but not least, our Khun Chai Ronnapee. I loved James Ma and Mint’s chemistry the most. From what I’ve read, James’ personality is 180 of Chai Pee’s. He seems more reserved and cautious, as compared to Chai Pee who is fun and free. I guess it is because James and Mint are the same age that it is easy for them to get along therefore the chemistry is easy to build on. Whatever the case or reason, I love them to bits as Pee and Kwanh.
I also had a thought: why couldn’t Chai Pee and Kwanh just register their marriage like Chai Pat and Kaew and Chai Lek and Soifah? After thinking about it some, I came to the conclusion that Piengkwan is not the type to do something like that. Even if she loved Chai Pee just as much as he loved her, she wouldn’t want to hurt his family, knowing how much the promise between the Jutathep and Taewaproms meant to the Grannies. Plus, there was no real reason for them to do so like avoiding a jerkfaced-General or looking for a lost Crown Prince.
Ahhhh, I need me more SJ… this withdrawal is not doing me any good.
I’ve been living on this blog for many days now, and I do apologize for the many posts.
Thanksfor your sharing，jz know your blog，Chai Phee’s story line is very touching ，aspecially his love to his Phiangkwan，but i used to wonder why
she jz take for granted for all he had done for her.
I like the kiss scene which he propose her with rose even the scene turn to black before their lips …….
I would have to agree with you, Piangkwan hasn’t done much on her end to make us feel like she deserved Chai Phee’s love. I know she has a sad life and we can understand where she’s coming from, but a relationship is a two way street. She’s always pushing him away, then by the end, lying to him that she loves another man because she thinks her reasoning is best and completely taking his choices out of the matter. Perhaps that is why I’m always on Chai Phee’s side, what is not to love about this gentleman? Welcome to my blog btw! Thanks for leaving your two cents 🙂
Hi love Fia. I’ve been reading through your blog a lot and I have to say-wow. Really good info and thoughts. I’m Thai myself. I haven’t watched suparburoot juthatep. Well, I have watched ronapee and putti pat. Loved these two. I just wanted to give my opinion on this. By far I think that marathree was the best played Vilain in these. Played by noey chotika, the nang rai actress, she did really well in plotting all the mean things. Lol. :D. The poison t the end of ronapee was also her thinking. As for the music I agree with you. Saw James Ma at the mall bangkapi. What a voice! Amazing music too. Anyways, I look forward to your updates and posts. If you can please add me on Facebook. My email is email@example.com. 🙂
Hi Ted, a warm welcome to my blog. Perhaps the reason why Marathee didn’t win in my best villain category is because well, her evil geniuses aren’t really that.. genius, if you will. Vilairumpa on the other hand, makes you fear that she will ultimately win, because she knows how to play the game well, until of course the finale where she went all psycho on us. But having said that, Noey Chotika certainly makes one love to hate her. I think some of us are still simmering in hate for these evil step sisters, heh.
Ah, so jealous that you were able to see James Ma. Unfortunately I don’t have facebook, but you are welcome to follow me on twitter for any blog related updates. Thanks for your comment and your follow!
Happy lakorn watching – Fia.
I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful recaps, reviews, spazzes and blog! I stumbled upon this while googling the series of Suparburoot Jutathep and I am so glad I did! I have truly enjoyed reading your entries/posts! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and the world!
I must admit I stumbled onto the series a little late, I could not get myself into it at the beginning but after a few photos of James Ma and Mint together I thought that I would give it a try. I dove in and can honestly say that I am regretting I didn’t watch it sooner! I may have done it backwards, in that I watched Khun Chai Ronnapee first and now am just starting from beginning with Khun Chai Tharaton. I am in-love with the series as a whole. The bond between the brothers is something that is so rare, even on camera, and even more enjoyable off camera between the actors! I believe the months it took for all of them to film the series played a part in their bonds and closeness as it shows in behind-the-scene clips and pictures.
Bravo, Channel 3! I loved it and I can’t wait to rewatch it all again! Lol!
Hi Jess- I’m glad you stumbled upon and felt inclined enough to leave a comment. Totally made my day, so thanks 🙂
I can’t get enough of the boys of Jutathep either, they are a fun and rowdy bunch off screen, but completely epitomizes their characters the moment the camera’s on. The Gentlemen series is definitely worth a repeat!
Hopefully Ch3 will give us more wonderful and addictive projects down the road 🙂
Hey Fia, (this is off-topic) can we make an acc on ur blog, I feel really lazy to enter my email and nickname everytime. 🙁 Anyways, can u tell me the link to the recap of game rai phai game ruk? 🙂
You can check out ‘review/recap’ page for recaps surrounding Game Rai Game Rak. I believe the comment section should allow you to save your username/email for future ease of use.
Ah, I got that. Thanks a lot. But I really can’t do it on my phone. You see, when I go to MacDonalds sometimes, I usually sit and read news, etc on the Internet using my mobile. Anyways, it works perfectly using my PC if I don’t delete the browsing history…
@M and Fia, thanks for bringing up the beautiful ladies of Juthatep. Though the series was about the gentlemen, their leading ladies really complimented them.
As stated in my previous post, Piengkwan is my favorite n’ek, but Soifah is the most enjoyable to watch. I love her tough love, energy and stubborn character.
Now to the lovely ladies of Wung Juthatep:
Mom Luang Raweerumpai -She is the innocent, young girl that has always loved Khun Chai Yai (her teacher). Her love for him is so innocent, she was really sweet and thoughtful. She truly values her friendship with Mom Luang Katesara, that she decided to put her feelings aside. She and Khun Chai Yai are very compatible, they are calm and very considerate of others that they neglect their true desires.
Than Ying Wanrasa -So sweet and loving. She always remembered her P’Chai Ruj. She truly loved him. I really felt for her when she played the violin, so beautifully done. She wasn’t going to give up on the one that she loved, she fought for him and went against her father’s wishes. Not to mention that she had really great friends. I personally think they are the “parents” of the couples.
Krongkaew – Very hardworking and devoted. She loves her dad so much, I love their relationship. She turned Chai Pat into someone that shows more love. I like Bella, she’s beautiful but she didn’t really convince me as Krongkaew though.
Jao Ying Soifah -Stubborn and feisty. Most enjoyable to watch. Taew portrayed her beautifully. She definitely deserves Best Actress. She was really good with the E-saan dialect. If I were Chai Lek, I would be scared of her too….lol. Soi and Chai Lek are the most fun couple. They are an awesome and funny couple. I laugh whenever they are together.
Piengkwan- My favorite n’ek. Agree with you, Fia, though her life is tough and sad, she does not make any excuses. She definitely deserved the most love and prince charming, in which is Khun Chai Ronnapee. She is very determined, but had too much pride.
Hello Lovefilia! Sawatdee ka..
I’m new in here, but I’ve read quite a few of your blogs before. Hope you guys won’t mind if I chime in.
I just soooo love you, because it’s really hard to find english blogs for lakorns in this caliber. 😀
By the way, Thank you for blogging about the Jutathep Brothers. I’m just a sucker for brotherly/sisterly love and I fell in love with this series. I’m on the 4th story now, mainly this was the reason I started watching, because of Teaw. 🙂 Love her.
I just have to say, each of the story has a bite to it. I like Chai Lek’s chapter too even though I’m still on the 1st episode. Makes me nostalgic, I wanna go to the countryside or go camping in the forest.
This series made me fall in love with James Ji too, or maybe Chai Pat, or both. It was just quite ironic how the most introvert and critical among the brothers turned out to be the most diligent suitor then husband. LOL
Plus what made this series more lovable was Mint N and Deaw Suriyont. I’m a sucker for their love team here, and they portrayed the ever supportive good friends quite well too. And I’m in constant awe at the amount of time, money and effort it took for the production to make this lakorn possible. Wish we had these types of dramas in our country, but then these lakorns are reflective of Thai culture so I’ll just be a lakorn fan from another country. 🙂
Thank you so much Lovefilia, your blog is on my bookmark list.
Love you heaps.
Oh I’m sorry, I missed typed your name a few times. I’m a bit dyslexic and I forgot to wear my glasses too. Hope you forgive me. Love you still.
Hey khun art. Are you Thai? I really like this blog as much as you do. Impressions opinions, from everyone’s perspective.
Ah, better than the Thai blogs that I read. Lol. I literally got to the end of kaen sanaha before it reached the climax. Spoilers @ Thai websites! Lol.
Anyways, as far as I know, I’m like the only Thai person here who reads English blogs. :O
I’m sorry but I’m not Thai, I’m Filipino. I just love Thai culture though, I’m learning pasa-Thai as of the moment *blushes* that’s why I’d put in Khun in my name.. It’s actually ARJ 🙂 Anyway, nice meeting you Ted. I’d be happy to be you’re friend. Honestly, I have no one to gush about my Lakorn love here other than my NongSao and I think she’s just feigning interest. 5555
By the way, thank you for the insights. 🙂
Hope to hear from you na ka.. 🙂
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This lakorn should totally have a sequel to it. At least to chai phee. Like revenge of the taewaproms. Or any other plot that focuses on the love life of the couples. Hope the directors join hands for a supharburoot juthathep part 2!