The film Present Perfect by Anusorn Soisa-ngim feels both Thai and ‘not Thai’ to me. Being so used to Japanese movies where silence and slow pacing are the norms, I thought I was seeing an indie Japanese film!
About a week ago, it was announced that Soisa-ngim will take charge of the 2 Moons 2 The Series. Apart from the international success of his films, it is now obvious that the Thai filmmaker has entered a new field – TV series, as director. With his name thrown into the spotlight, he gets to decide the next trends in Thai BL.
The initial animosity between a third-year and head hazer Arthit (Krist Perawat Sangpotirat) and his junior Kongpop (Singto Prachaya Ruangroj) has turned into something so romantic and so passionate that many Thai BL couples try so desperately to copy and emulate. Such is the effect of the SOTUS couple that their audience has reached far and wide.
Non Thanon is no ordinary singer. After winning 2 singing competition – The Voice Thailand (Season 1) and The Mask Singer (Season 4), his current music videos permeates and inspires both the young and the old. Not only is he mesmerizing Thai music lovers, but international music fans too!
Among the characters handpicked to star in the 5-episode drama Our Skyy, it’s Chimon‘s Sun and Pluem‘s In who have the least exposure. While they are considered main in My Dear Loser Series: Edge of 17, it’s like New and Tay in Kiss Me Again, sharing the series with other actors.
Episode 2 of Our Skyy, offers a different take in the In-Sun relationship, which is summed up as:
One is trying to make up and confess. But the other one already has someone else.
In (Purim Pluem Rattanaruangwattana) was part of a group of bullies who took pleasure in tormenting Sun (Chimon Wachirawit Ruangwiwat) and other newcomers. Unlucky for In, there was bad blood between him and one of the more prominent bullies, thus he was out in no time. It was Sun and Ainam who took him in, thus a close bond between them developed.
Sun began to feel for In – in a romantic way and made his moves. But In prefers Ainam, or so he said. What could have been a sweet friendship between the boys turned sour. Sun tries to move on, but In sends mixed signals.
I’m going, to be honest with you. You know how I feel about you. If that kind of relationship is impossible, then I think you should just let me go. – Sun
At the end of My Dear Loser, there is no closure (nor any conclusion) between the boys.
Sun and I have always been friends. He’s really a great friend. He’s the one I’m closest with. But suddenly one day he thinks of me as something else. That’s freaking unfair to me. – In
Episode 2 of Our Skyy begins with In having traveled for miles in pursuit of Sun. When they finally meet up, Sun appears to enjoy the company of a travel companion. Our young pursuer can’t help but show his displeasure. Having realized his mistake, In is not giving up.
The episode is straightforward yet packed with tension (and a gorgeous countryside location!). Having joined a photo contest entitled ‘River of Life’, Sun aims to win the plum prize of a trip to Japan. While Toey offers his technical assistance, In joins the duo and hopes to seize an opportunity to corner Sun and say his piece.
Chimon who starred in the delectable Sweet Boy (2016) and The Gifted (2018) is no amateur. He is true to his gay character and knows how Sun thinks, acts, and reacts. He delivers a performance that is filled with a certain longing and pain. At 18, he has developed an acting style that is subtle but can deliver all the necessary emotional punches.
Pluem at 21 looks so baby-faced that you could mistake him for a 17-year old. Early in his career, he plays one of the leads in the coming-of-age gem Grean Fiction (2013). He’s also part of the ensemble cast of the dance-drama Slam Dance: The Series (2017). There were few opportunities for Pluem to shine in My Dear Loser, but here, he introduces to the audience who In really is.
They have undeniable chemistry – it’s obvious that they are comfortable working closely together. Fanservice or not, the In-Sun team is a strong contender for the BL love team of the year.
One of my favorite scenes has to be the singing part were both boys play the guitar and put into music what they’ve been hiding inside.
Toey (Mike Chinnarat Siriphongchawalit), Sun’s travel companion and ‘mentor’ kept himself highly visible in In’s romantic pursuit of the other boy. Is he a rival or someone with a hidden agenda?
Having seen the other episodes where memory registers so quickly, I find the In-Sun tandem exciting and unpredictable. There’s plenty that this couple can offer to an expectant BL public.
I love everything about this episode – In’s shy, tentative, yet sincere ‘reveal’ at the end provides for a satisfying conclusion.
Also known as They’re Celebrating Qingming Festival Next To My Grave, the new series (of 8 episodes) stars Singto Prachaya Ruangroj and Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee as a lonely ghost and his new-found friend.
Produced by LINE TV and is reported to be broadcasted from 28th February to 25 April 2019, the drama tackles the desperate attempt of a lonely ghost who wants to connect with humans. Luckily, he is visible to a strange young boy (Ohm) who fast became his friend. As Met (the ghost’s name, played by Singto) accompany the young boy to the city, he became attached emotionally until he develops feelings for him.
Singto is perfect for the role! He can always deliver emotional punches – with his expressive eyes, and a soothing voice that could sound sad and lonely. While Ohm remains a ‘contender’ with no lead role before this series, He’s Coming To Me, is the perfect acting vehicle to showcase his potential.
This is one of my personal biased 2019 BL series. Aside from the superb cast, I love romance and ghost (or spirits) as a combo, and the Thais are amazing when it comes to the supernatural.