The Waves of Life – Ride or Go Under?
Posted on June 24, 2016
This lakorn is going to hurt so good. Kluen Cheewit (The Waves of Life) is a novel that has been remade twice on television – one in 1995 featuring the Anfones (Johnny and Jareeya) and second one to be aired this year featuring Yaya Urassaya and Mark Prin. It’s highly anticipated not only for the main leads’ second time paring, but because of the collaboration between Producer Da Hathairat and Director Aew Ampaiporn who brought us Game Rai Game Rak, Sood Saneha, Sawan Biang, Rak Nee Hua Jai Rao Jong. This type of lakorn is their bread and butter. It’s a true romance drama, of the slap kiss nature, and everyone and their mom is waiting for this, including yours truly.
The basic premise follows the story of Yaya’s character, Jeerawat, who is a famous celebrity with a skeleton in her closet. She has a selfish mom and a perverted stepdad, and turns to alcohol to make reality a little bit easier to swallow. One terrible drunken stupor day, and a lack in judgement on her part (but don’t alcohol and lack of judgement go hand in hand?) Jeerawat crashes her car into Tiwadee, whereby causing the woman to die. As if this isn’t traumatic enough for Jeerawat’s already painful life, in comes Mark’s character, Sathit, who happens to be Tiwadee’s fiance. Sathit and Tiwadee is probably the sickeningly sweet lovebirds who are a match made in heaven, because you know, to make the pain hurt so badly for Sathit. He’s a lawyer and believes in justice (which goes without saying) and vows to bring justice for his late fiance. In the meantime, justice is only fair for a home wrecker too – or at least that’s what Sathit is lead to believe about Jeerawat – because killing a fiance is not enough angst. He thinks she’s trying to wreck his buddy’s marriage – which is played by Louis Scott and Toey Jarinporn. So Sathit sets out to ruin Jeerawat, professionally, and I reckon, personally as well.
I have seen the ’95 version with the Anfones and I must say, I’ll be chewing my nails on this one. The Kluen Cheewit that I’ve seen was intense times ten. But at the end of the day, I remember it being a very good lakorn. What stuck with me throughout the many, many years was the dialog in one particular sequence. I’m not sure if they will include this scene or not, since it’ll be controversial in this day and age, and who knows how true they’ll stay with the origin. BUT, this is a scene that will hurt your heart. I’ve thought long and hard about whether I want to recap this scene for you, but every time I overthink things, it’s always best just to go with it. You know?
*Trigger* (You have been warned!) If you don’t want to read spoilers, please exit now.
It’s pouring rain. Bad things always happen when it rains like this. Jeerawat made a decision to pay her dues and actions towards Tiwadee’s death. She shows up in front of Sathit’s home, drenched in rain, clothes clinging to her body. Sathit had apparently given her an option to clear the debt – she would need to sleep with him. Because in lakorn world, a woman’s body can make up for another woman’s death. Sathit says at first he wasn’t in the mood, but seeing her as a wet dog kinda turns him on. SO. He gives her a towel to dry off and she takes a swig of whisky straight from the bottle, claiming that its her best friend. How sad is that admission? Sathit argues that her best friend killed a perfectly innocent person. Touché. Jeerawat jeers that she hasn’t regret it one bit (she’s saying this to spite him), which to Sathit, is a terrible thing to say under the circumstances. Sathit angrily grabs her shoulders and spats that her purpose in life is to destroy other people’s happiness. She slaps him, and backs away, but there’s nowhere to go now. He forces himself on her.
That wasn’t even the crazy, most intense, wrong part, because what happened after the R scene tops it. Sathit says that she should be happy now because they are even, and it’s not like it’s a big investment on her part. Implicating that she did a great job acting like a virgin and that it’s no wonder Chaiyan is so crazy about her. God, this guy, he talks as if he just had brunch, not ruin a woman. Tears start to flow from Jeerawat’s eyes which makes Sathit wonder out loud what could be the problem and why she’s SO sad. He adds that her tears won’t soften him up or make him fall in love with her. Good to know, Sathit. Worse part about this? Sathit basically asks her what she will tell her unborn child about his father if he happens to impregnate her today – in fact – his sperm might have already fertilized her egg. I’m pretty sure fertilization does not happen that quickly. Jeerawat replies that she would tell the kid that he does not have a father because she killed him. He’s all nonchalant about this, and takes a gun, loads it and GIVES it to her to shoot him. But instead, she aims for her own head and fires. She misses of course, since Sathit pushes her hand away. But the gun went off and the reality that she was two seconds from blowing her brains to bits was real. And crazy. Fucking crazy. Pardon my french.
SO. Will they include that scene? Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how they will make this version relevant to our current time, while somehow staying true to it’s origin. It’s a tricky line to walk on. And I think I will need therapy after the show. But I’m in, I’m so in. Are YOU?
(We still haven’t been given an airdate, but it will be sometime this year, so stay tuned.)
WHOOOAAAAA! Let me just say, I hate spiilers, but I took the chance and for some reason that didn’t feel like one. I truly believe the “r” will be dialed back but the intensity and tragedy of the moment won’t be. I saw some stills and clips on IG and it certainly looks like they are going to do something close to what you’ve written.
What I wait for is the emotional potency of this scene. Jeerwat’s despair, Sathit’s hatred and heartlessness.
Ugh! I know I’m going to be angry during this but I truly believe the payoff will be greater!
Thanks for sharing!
Oh good to know that this post isn’t spoiling the show for you- I deliberated about this article for 2 days, which is unlike me. I’m one who hates spoilers too, but since it’s a remake, I think it’s fair play to be curious about its new take. It’s not a whole new, original script.
This is going to hurt SO good. I can’t wait to get my heart handed to me.
interesting…..but….. it’s ok, I’m out.
thank you Fia. _/\_
Seeing the trailer makes me so nervous. Surely a nail-biter and under the skin type of lakorn. I can’t wait for it yet I don’t because it is going to hurt.
guess I’m the weird one cause I love spoiler , I just hate to spend time on a drame or book and the end make me question why I waste my time so , I even read the end of mystery books first and spend the whole time reading feeling smug cause I know who did it ( I always guess wrong ) can not wait for this one , love this pairing and the story sound great , after reading the scene may be I’ll try to hunt down the old version to help with the wait , some lakorn I like the remake and some I don’t , don’t like the old version of Leh Ratree but love Neung Nai Suang with Ken and Janie better than the new one , cross my finger that I can find it
Whoa. My baby Mark Prin is going to be that evil (if they keep that scene in the new version). I can’t even imagine it that now I want to see it so bad. This is definitely going to my to-watch list and hopefully someone will be subbing this.
I am IN! Totally IN. Can’t wait… Can’t wait for this one. Looks SO intense.
Im waiting for this lakorn, when will it be aired? And honestly I wanna watch the previous one with english subs, do you know where I can watch it? Thanks in advance
I am in 100%!! haha I love spoilers and I also don’t think it’s spoiler too cuz who knows what they’re going to change. I think it won’t be that intense because from what I heard, it’s going to be toned down. Wow but that scene i am waiting to see cuz I am curious if they will have that scene or at least something similar. Someone also told me it was a mutual thing, but from your description, it sounded like Jee regretted going there to be r. Poor her, I know it’s gonna hurt, but I am soo ready!!!
omgg I forgot to add that Sathit sounds soo sadistic. It seems like he doesn’t care at all. Gosh those words sure topped off the r scene man…
Can you tell me who or where I can find this lakorn subbed.
I’ve also seen the original…. and if I can remember correctly from the 1995 version and what I’ve watched so far of th new one… they really didn’t stick to the older version. Most of the jisr is still there but the details are very different. I like that the new version didn’t have her as an alcoholic tho. And so hopefully it’s going to make it that much more bittersweet ending. Love it when the guy gets it totally wrong! Lol. I was really hoping she’d sing that song that Jee sang in the old version… but it doesn’t seem like it. That song was the soooo good.
I am so happy that they didn’t make her an alcoholic in this version. I also hope that they change the scene you wrote about to make it more in line to his character that we are seeing. It appears they will be making that scene a little different. Let’s hope so! I was very confused at the synopsis I kept finding about her being an alcoholic after watching it. I really like this new version. Love the main characters, their development and the pairing! Can’t wait to finish this lakorn!
Can you tell me when is next episode going to air? Episode 9
Episode 9 aired 2/20 and episode 10 aired today 2/21. Now we have to wait until next Monday and Tuesday
hey i watch the serie it just awesome the act, story, location Ijust Love it be a indian i can see it on t.v but thanks to internet such great story i watch lovely
About spoiler scene…i prefer more this one in version from 2017. …yes he used her at the end but she was provocing him…he didn’t want to continue on at first…and at the end both were hurt…really sad in fact
…but …all in all it was a really good lakorn :)…great OTP chemistry and i wish to see them together again…though i love Mark & Kim as a RL couple 😉
The scene you mentioned was deleted in the drama. But not totally. I just found your reciews more beautiful than the scene portrayed in the drama 😊
Glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂
I have to watch the old remake of Kleun Cheewit !! Do you know where I can watch it ?? From what I’ve read, the old version stayed close to the book and I’m dying to read it but can’t :(. So, I’ll make do with the old one. Can you please help me ??
PS this is my first Thai lakron so I’m WAYY late to the party 😅, but better late then never eh ?
Hello! Since the lakorn is quite old, I am not sure there are videos online that you could watch. I checked YouTube and didn’t come up with anything. So sorry!
Oh dang it :(. Thank you so much for getting back to me though 💜 ! Xx
The old version is rok Lok chivit is on YouTube but lacks engludh subs sadly
Hi! Just saw your blog about Kluen Cheewit 1994 version. I’m a huge fan of Mark and Yaya’s version and would love to see the 1994 one since you got me so intrigued. It would be awesome if you could share where you watched the 1994 ver. Tysm!