Happy Birthday Thai TV Drama Lakorn Review

I’ve binge watched this Thai drama this past weekend while watching another Thai series around the same time that I haven’t finished yet cause this one that I am about to make a review on got me really hooked over the storyline, don’t get me wrong the other one I was watching amazing as well…on the more hilarious and cringey side…hehe. This one though…wow!

Anyways… I apologize for the delay… but either way I apologize for being behind schedule on posting this review. I just had to touch this up a little bit more… To make sure I gave all of my thoughts on this because this one is so worth it!!!

Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. And just add, info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.✌️ By the way, just to sneak in, you can find this Thai drama on GMMTV channel on Youtube with English subtitles

Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting…

Happy Birthday Thai TV Drama Lakorn Review

First off… please don’t take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature and television… Not at all…nada zilch degree. But I love movies books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow. Despite the lack of degree on this area, I will still do this Thai TV Series review as a Tv show lover and a Thai TV series lover…. And just to clarify too, sorry if at some points I might run on with my words or have any grammatical errors… but I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.

To begin with the review, I will start with the cast…

The main cast consists of Mild Lapassalan Jiravechsoontornkul, Push Puttichai Kasetsin and Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana. Actually Mild and Push, were the ones that got me interested in this drama, because of another Thai TV series I haven’t finished yet, cause it is so long.

Anyways…

Mild Lapassalan Jiravechsoontornkul is a popular Thai actress and model. She studied at Chonkanyanukul University. Lapalal work for Broadcast Thai Television. She first started out in Hormones as Mint. But she is best known for her role a s Maewnam in Ugly Duckling Series: Don’t. In Happy Birthday, Mild plays the role of Thannan, the sister that committed suicide and died 17 years back on the same day her brother was born, and was forever stuck as a ghost in her bedroom until her her younger brother who just turned 17 was given her room as a gift and him being the only one who can see her.


Push Puttichai Kasetsin is a popular Thai actor, DJ for Chill FM 89 and TV host. Born in Ratchaburi, Puttichai is the 4th son in the family of 6 sons. His family used to be in an agriculture business in Ratchaburi. Puttichai had hoped to become a professional football player before getting persuaded into the entertainment scene by his school senior Push is known to be flirty and silly with his co-stars and quickly becomes friends with them, many say he’s easy to get along with. Push’s fame starts to grow lakorn after lakorn, making him one of Exact’s best actors. Push married fellow actress and former co-star Jooy Warattaya Nilkuha on November 16, 2018. In Happy Birthday, Push plays the role of Tee, the boyfriend and or love interest of the deceased Thannam, who suffered and got even more depressed each year after her death. It was after seeing him again, both Thannam and her brother slowly starts to find out why she committed suicide and died and learned from the secrets past with all who were involved, and how her tragic death affected everyone.

Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana is a Thai actor. Honestly there is not to much info about him except for the programs he has been a part of. But I can definitely say he did a phenomenal job in Happy Birthday. In Happy Birthday, he plays the role of Tonmai. The younger brother of the deceased Tharnnam, who committed suicide and died on his birthday and was the only one who can see and communicate with her after receiving her room as his first birthday gift from their estranged father.

I will now move forward a brief recap of the beginning part of the story so I won’t give too much away…

Hopefully I don’t get carried away… LOL

Anyways… Happy Birthday begins with Mild as Thannam listening to music while emoting and sitting by water at night, the same night her baby brother Tonmai is about to be born. At the same time, Tonmai was about to be born, with both their parents presents of course. Thannam slowly and solemnly drags herself into the water and when it was deep enough, she lets herself sink. At the same time, her brother Tonmai was born. Their father was then brought to the scene of Thannam’s suicide, where she is pronounced death. The story then moves 17 years passed to Tonmai’s pov, he recounts how every year, his birthday is not celebrated and talked because it is also the day of his sister’s death. And also, even his sister or anything about his sister is not mentioned…like a taboo. That is… moment he turned 17, his dad gifted him his sister’s old room…. There he meets the ghost of his sister, who had been stuck in that room for 17 years. Anyways…this was when Tonmai’s life begins to change… He learns Thannam can only move around if he is around, receive things like clothes and letters if they are burned for her, and people can only see her if she touches him and lets her possess him. Around the same time, Thannam’s long suffering love interest comes to town…and from wanting to meet him again…slowly revelations appear…

Now I will really start this review…

First off… this is beautifully well-made story… This will definitely pull your heartstrings and make you cry!!! It has so many heart-wrenching, tear-jerking moments! But it is so totally worth every tear shed whether you hate crying cause your eyes get puffy to loads of snot dripping out and feeling ugly after crying a lot! Definitely worth it!

At first, I didn’t think that this drama would execute well because of storyline revolves around the theme of suicide and how much it affects loved ones years after death…

Why I thought it wouldn’t be well executed? … It is because it is such a taboo, a tragedy and at times, those who committed suicide are blamed or told off for being selfish and at times suicide victims are never or rarely mentioned again by loved ones most especially from what I know in Asian countries. Please correct me if I am wrong…

Anyways… at first, from the 3-5 episodes, I thought that the story was going to be dark and gritty…like a crime thriller and in some cases would be a turn off to some people who don’t like heavy dark themes. But I was wrong…it was not dark and gritty… It brings you on an emotional journey as the story got deeper with unexpected plot twist… One by one revelations appear and what actions in the past led up to the main female lead, Thannam’s suicidal death. And what I love is that with each revelation, it helps each character grow and mature in their own respective way.

As I mention before suicide is a taboo especially from what I know in Asian countries. Once again please correct me if I am wrong. Anyways this Thai lakorn drama has such a unique approach on the taboo of suicide… Instead of focusing not the negative aspects of suicide, it also humanizes every good and bad aspect of Thannam’s life leading up to her tragic suicidal death. What was greatly pronounced, mostly by Thannam, that no one is to blame for her death, and with a slight twist mentioned it was all on her…she made the choice.

Also, what I also loved that this story even though it started because of love, it isn’t centered on romantic relationships because it takes you through the dynamics of family relationships and the things we do for our loved ones whether it is for love, family and friendship.

I particularly loved the dynamics and relationship between the siblings! The ghost sister and the living brother! I found it absolutely beautiful!

Anyways I felt that all the entire cast… the main, supporting and minor were a perfect ensemble! And each cast member did splendidly in their roles especially expressing the emotions and struggles of their respective characters.

Of course, I most especially adored the main three cast members whom I’ve mentioned before… Mild Lapassalan Jiravechsoontornkul, Push Puttichai Kasetsin and Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana. Mild Lapassalan Jiravechsoontornkul is not only beautiful, but was absolutely amazing as Thannam. You would definitely feel for her, especially the pains she went through leading up to her death to still feeling it after her death, even though she makes effort along with the help of her brother to make amends and resolve issues between herself and among her long-suffering love ones to help them move on. And also, finally find what she is waiting for so she can move on too. Push Puttichai Kasetsin is a gorgeous handsome man who I also found playing absolutely well as Tee. Push did an awesome job, and a perfect fit as Thannam’s love interest/bf who is now 17 year older after her death. You can really feel his anguish and how much he blames himself for her death. But I found it wonderful how it was after running to Thannam’s brother Tonmai and the ghost of Thannam that helped him heal and forgive himself as well as being the catalyst to slowly reveal the truth of the past and slowly enlightened, heal and helped developed each character grow and mature from the pain of Thannam’s death. While Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana is he is such an adorable revelation…as Thannam’s brother, Tonmai! Though he was affected by Thannam’s death, as is her death day is also his birthday. You can feel, he never he hated her and truly wanted to help her out in finding out why she died and was genuinely wanting to learn and know everything about her, most especially since she was such a taboo. And you can definitely tell to no matter what he learned, although might’ve been hurt at one point, you can see he loves his sister. And I totally loved how consistently, he amongst the other characters, is the most selfless…. Although he does at one point shows that he doesn’t want to lose his ghost sister…which I will not expound too much to not spoil anything… But here, we can see his affliction of his sister’s death and love for his sister and finally meeting her…her ghost…made him really happy…

Anyways, Happy Birthday is such a beautiful story and I highly recommend this to your watch list! Once again, you can find this Thai drama on GMMTV channel on Youtube with English subtitles. 😊

Also, if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review on this Thai TV Drama, Happy Birthday. Hopefully this review gets you interested in Happy Birthday Thai Drama and other Thai Dramas as well!

Btw, next on my Thai review agenda, I will likely focus on the 2015 Thai TV Series: U-Prince! Then I might follow up with the Ugly Duckling and then the Kiss Series and its sequel Kiss Me Again. Anyways will see, but these programs are definitely within my sights…

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