A “best friend” is someone who will love you the day you forget to love yourself. – Love Sick Ep4
We are tormented because love goes on, not because it goes away. – Love Sick Ep 11
I should have been blogging about Thai BLs years ago! (nope, Thai movies came early in my radar, but this Thai BL ‘phenomenon’ appeared to be an adventure into the unknown).
The Love of Siam caught me by surprise, I mean Mario Maurer is a promising actor, but I thought Witwisit Hiranyawongkul was the better actor. Pitchy, he never got cast in other movies, except for a supporting role in a forgettable follow-up. Anyway, I’ll get back to Love of Siam, because at the moment I just finished a marathon (entitled LoveSick) featuring 48 glorious, inspiring, heartbreaking, funny, infuriating episodes! Yes, I finished two seasons in 2 days…
It’s a love story of a different kind. It’s about a young guy named Noh (Kongyingyong Chonlathorn) who was proposed by another guy named Phun (Phumphothingam Nawat) to be his pretend boyfriend, yes – the notion for a boy + boy relationship is ridiculous yet the two clicked and as they say, the rest is history. There are two seasons – Season 1 has 12 episodes while Season 2 offers 36 episodes. Apparently, the success of the first season prompted the producers and writers to expand and introduce more characters. By the way, the series is based on the online Thai BL novel “LOVE SICK: The Chaotic Lives of Blue Shorts Guys” by INDRYTIMES.
The story is not “revolutionary” or trend-setting even and there are a lot of questions left unanswered, but what makes the lakorn exceptional is the cast – what we have here are inexperienced actors yet it’s the rawness of their performances that made the show worth it. No bonafide acting showdowns to speak of, but there are standouts (which I will talk later)…
Series (Season One) Summary: So Noh has no choice but to agree to Phun’s proposal since he needs the money to finance his club – he’s President of the Music Club and an upcoming school event needs funds or it will be a disaster. Phun is Secretary of the Student Council and has access to cash….Oh, he’s rich like crazy too, lives in a quasi-palace, think of those stuffy 19th-century chaise longue, club chairs, and chandeliers… His younger sister (passionate about BL mangas) has a direct link to why Phun proposed to Noh in the first place.
Noh has a girlfriend (Yuri played by Charnmanoon Pannin) while Phun has Aim (Chindavanich Primrose). There is also a “third party” on what may appear as a love game between the pretend boyfriends – Earn (played by the charming Luangsodsai Anupart). The relationships between our lead characters were tested (time and again), and the fact that both Noh and Phun are beginning to have romantic inclinations serve as the fire that is hard to extinguish and the cause of the hetero relationship to suffer and ultimately disintegrate.
One unidentified student sent a note to the resident school DJs confessing that he’s in love with someone in the school. Lest we all forget, this is an all-boys school, so whoever is the note-sender is in love with another boy!
Impressions: Season 1 is intimate and in-your-face with the characters well explored, especially Noh and Phun – with Chonlatorn, somewhat an “effective” lead, but hopefully he should limit the shaking of his head. The two female characters were treated a bit like supporting characters, but later on, they had their share of scene-stealing – with Primrose projecting slut-like vibes and Pannin all bubbly and giggly.
I love the soundtrack – Thai music has a soothing quality that projects trendy youthful cool.
The school is way impressive – modern buildings, awesome facilities. Who would not want to study there? The PEP (People, Events, Places) scenes pretty much sum up a modern and vibrant Thai society.
Certain issues were tackled – gay cheerleaders, familial relationships, nasty girl rivalries, and class struggle, but in a light manner, yet there were some intense dramatic scenes executed well. Oh yes, Thai young actors are some of the cutest in the world!
While Luangsodsai Anupart (Ngern; อนุภาษ เหลืองสดใส) is no Yuya Yagira or Shota Sometani, he certainly has an appeal that transcends sex or age (for that matter). He gets the second lead syndrome title hands down for such a deliberate performance. His partner – Paisarnkulwong Vachiravit ( August; วชิรวิชญ์ ไพศาลกุลวงศ์) is a beauty, who can rival the most charming Japanese young actors.
Of course, I should not fail to mention the two leads, though I’m particularly impressed with Kongyingyong Chonlathorn (Captain; ชลธร คงยิ่งยง) than with Phumphothingam Nawat (White; ณวัชร์ พุ่มโพธิงาม) maybe because the latter looks too “girly” to me. The intention of the producers to limit the kissing/intimate scenes serve right since it added a certain dimension to the series – a sort of romantic suspended animation that not only “tease” but “delight” the viewers.
Season Two’s initial highlight is the beach scenes where a lot is going for (and against) the two couples. Yes, the girls found a way to escape from the city and spent some time with their boys. For the girls, the sad fact remains that both Noh and Phun are more interested in each other than spending time with them. The girls did an “elaborate arrangement” to make the night more romantic, yet Noh and Phun spent the evening sleeping outside together.
It’s very obvious that the series wanted to convince viewers that Noh is just confused and wanted to explore his sexuality – but the thing is, you either like pussy or dick, and you cannot love two persons with equal intensity. It just doesn’t work that way.
Yes, the series has been noticed by viewers, which I presume provides a door of opportunity to gather and explore the original source for more.
Oh, there is also a love triangle where the characters live in a condo tower – not really necessary in my opinion, just took away time from the couple and from a more interesting side story – Earn.
Unlike Japanese or other Asian BLs, this series is all bubbly and positive. There is little “real” conflict to speak of – yes, the usual jealousy between couples are shown, but there are no rape or suicide attempts or anything like drugs, which are too heavy to tackle.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars. [See our Review Guide]
Season Two Review is here.