Korean show, Full House (2004) was one of my first Asian dramas. If you have read my review on the show you will know how much I loved it. I was feeling a little low and wanted to watch something funny so decided to watch few of my favourite episodes. When I fed the shows’ name on the live streaming website it opened the Thailand version of Full House. I was too lazy to correct it so decided to try the show. For once, I am glad that my laziness drove me to watch this AWESOME lakorn (drama in Thai). The plot-line is the same as the Korean version with slight tweaks in the script made to accommodate certain aspects that were overlooked in the original show. It covered all the loopholes and ensured that every action of the characters is clearly justified. The show was so good that I could not watch any other show in between and managed to finish it in three days (Spent half my Friday and the whole weekend glued to my PC).
Full House (2014)
Thailand adaptation of Full House is a 20 episode long romantic comedy based on a writer named Aomame (Aom Sucharat Manaying) who is deceived by her younger sister and her boyfriend. They send Aomame on a free trip to Korea and sell-off her house in her absence. On her plane to Korea, she meets famous actor and singer Mike D.Angelo (Mike Pirath Nitipaisankul) but leaves a very bad impression on him by throwing up on him. She runs out of money on her trip and tries to contact her sister who remains unavailable. In a desperate attempt to get money to return home, she borrows money from Mike by telling him her fake love story. On her return to Thailand, she discovers that her sister has sold all her belongings and her house and that she is left to fend for herself. With no place to go, she stays in her house waiting to talk to its new owner. She finds out that Mike, who hates the mere sight of hers, has bought her house. Seeing her helpless state he agrees to let her live in the house as his maid. In a turn of events, she ends up in a contract marriage with Mike and eventually falls in love with him.
Let’s weigh the Thai version of Full House on our beam balance and see if it is worth the 20 precious hours of your life or not.
Mike and Aom: I loved Rain and Song Hye-Kyo in the original Full House and thought that nobody can ever play their roles better. But actors Mike Pirath Nitipaisankul and Aom Sucharat Manaying surprised me. I am not saying that they were better than Rain and Hye Kyo but they definitely were good. The two Thai actors did a fantastic job at portraying the arrogant Mike and the maladroit Aom.
Mike is HAWT! OK as an Indian viewer, you might find him slightly feminine sometimes but trust me he is a pretty boy with well-toned (and amply exposed) arms and washboard abs so be a little patient and just follow the story. You will definitely start liking him.
He looks good, acts well, dances smoothly, sings beautifully, and kisses like a perfectionist. What more do you want from a drama hero?
Aom is super-duper cute and adorable. She has her own version of ‘Gomze Mariga’ and looks like a delightful little kid dancing unknowingly to a raunchy song.
Chemistry: This couple’s chemistry is simply explosive and their height difference adds to their cuteness. Their constant squabble was funny and highly entertaining. The romantic scenes were just perrrfect! I am in love with this couple.
Comedy: Comedy is not an easy task. Nevertheless, both the actors did a fair job at it without overacting. They complement each other and make funny scenes look natural and easy.
Ice-cream Kiss: I am adding the ice-cream scene as a ‘good weight’ only because the ‘kiss’ was just out of this world! I have never seen anything so magical. It looked spontaneous yet so magnificent. I want to kiss the hands of the writer who wrote this scene. Stupendous! The setting, the lights, the atmosphere, the makeup, the build-up, and just everything were excellent.
Slow Start: The show progresses slowly initially. It is very likely that you may get bored after the first two or three episodes. Actually, the show gets more interesting from episode 6 onwards. Once the two of them are publicly linked together, the show only gets better with each episode.
Dragathon: The love angle between Mike and Mintra is such a drag! Mintra is the antagonist and is an important character on the show but after a point she just got on my nerves. I wanted to shake Mike, put some sense in him, and tell him to leave her for good. Similarly, other parallel angles felt painfully dragged. The show could have been shorter and flawless had they not pulled it to reach 20 episodes.
Like the Korean version, the Thai Full House too is heavy with good weights which indicates that the show MUST be on to-watch list. I cannot pick one between the two versions, I thoroughly enjoyed both and would watch both the dramas again and again.
I give the show 4 out of 5 rating. If you are a sucker for love-hate relationships or enjoy the whole contract marriage scenario or are a die-hard romantic then this show is PERFECT for you.