Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew aka The Leaves Thai Drama Review

I’ve binge watched this Thai drama this past weekend… Btw I apologize for being behind schedule on posting my reviews. Especially on this latest one that I just had to touch a little bit more, in order to make sure I give all my thoughts on this because this show is so raw and intense and powerful since the main focus of this drama is not usually the main focus in dramas especially in Asian countries… It is centered around LGBTQ or mainly the topic of Sex Change. I want to clarify that I don’t mean any offense with this review, but I truly believe this drama is worth checking out…maybe to even lessen one’s misgivings and / or at least despite one’s own views to give everyone especially in the LGBTQ the respect they deserve because they are human beings too.

Also… I hope you with this review, you will give this drama a chance especially since this will be my first ever Thai TV drama review in a while!!! Woohoo!

Why do I say this is my first Thai Drama review? Well, my other Thai reviews are mainly Tv series and my last Thai drama was Hua Jai Sila… And I can definitely say even though both are about revenge, the main themes of the stories are different. But like Hua Jai SilaBai Mai Plid Plew is something to look forward too!

Anyways…

You can say I getting quite into Thai lately especially while I am waiting for some dramas that have my interest on Viki.com but some are not fully available yet because they are locked…Huhuhu…

Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting my first ever Thai TV drama Review…

Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew aka The Leaves Thai Drama Review

Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. And just add..the info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, DramaList and Asian wiki. ✌️

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 drama review as a Tv show lover and a Thai drama 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.

Oooh… Just a slight tidbit… Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew is also known as The Fallen Leaf or The Leaves….

Anyways Bai Mai Tee Plid Plewcan be found in Youtube on the Thai channel one31.  And Woohoo!!! It has English Subtitles!!! Yehey!!!!

Still hoping Hua Jai Sila gets the full English subtitles too because I will definitely watch it again.

But…

Back to the main focus… Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew aka The Leaves’ Review…

To begin with the review, I will start with the cast… well…mainly the main pair Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul and Push Puttchai Kasetsin…

First off…

Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul is a popular Thai actress and model, who is best known for her lead role in the 2010 sleeper hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love with co-star Mario Maurer.   Her role in the GMM 25 drama “Lhong Fai” earned her the Nataraj Award for Breakthrough Actress.

In Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew, Baifern plays the role of Nira. A young woman who was once a man and the son of the wealthy prominent Sirawat family, formerly called Chananthawat or Wai. As Wai, a young boy but a little girl at heart… had a sad life before being a woman… Although his mother loves him unconditionally, he was not accepted by his father, Chomthawat, for him wanting to be a girl. Cause of this, he and mother were treated badly by both his father Chomthawat and his aunt Rungrong. And the only one, besides his mom who accepted him and cared for him was his uncle-in-law, Chatchavee aka Chat, the husband of his aunt Rungrong. But then when he starts to fall in love with his Uncle Chat, who notices and denies his love, he is heartbroken… Thus, leading him to decide to have a sex reassignment surgery after he and his mother left his dad for England. But then when his mom died in an accident the same day of his surgery, this devastates him. Now a woman but loss his mom Niramon due to a car accident, Wai now as a woman calls himself Nira on behalf of his mom and returns to Thailand to get her revenge on his aunt and dad.

Push Puttchai 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 Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew, Push plays Chatchavee aka Chut, Nira’s uncle in law who she was in love with when she was a young boy. Chatchavee never shown express ill will towards his nephew Wai for wanting to be girl and always treated kindly and cared for him, fondly calls him “little boy.” Chatchavee is married to Nira’s aunt who is Nira’s father’s sister, Rungrong, who he had once cared for, for being lovely until her jealously started taking reign especially towards her nephew Wai, who was always with and around Chat.  Chatchavee knew of Nira’s love for him when she was a young boy, but denies him, due to it being a forbidden love.  Chat later becomes devastated after learning the death of his nephew Wai and his sister in law Niramon, thus he goes through depression and continuously dealing with his wife’s Rungrong jealous antics causing him to not only lose love for her and lose faith in their marriage as well as have a level of disgust towards both his wife Rungrong and her brother in law Chomthawat.   He later, without knowing who Nira really is, falls for her.

Now a little bit about this this Thai Drama… Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew

A slight recap…

This drama is about a young woman, named Nira, who was once a boy named Chananthawat aka Wai who was a little girl at heart.  Wai later, after sex reassignment surgery becomes a beautiful woman named Nira, which is derived from Niranam, which means an anonymous one and also to honor his mother Niramon, who died in a car accident indirectly caused by her dad who was drunk and harassing his mother on the phone. 

Wai /Nira , as a young boy, was heartbroken by not being accepted by anyone but his mother who loves him wholeheartedly.  While his father, Chomthawat is not a very good man who loathes him and mistreats his mother. And his aunt Rungrong, does not treat him well and physically and verbally abuses him. Wai / Nira wanted so much for his father to be like his uncle in law Chatchavee, his auntie Rungrong’s husband, who like his mother is not only a very kind person…loves him, cares for him and understands him.  Until Nira starts to have deep love for Chatchavee, who happens to notice and cannot answer back his love and denies Nira. This rejection deeply devastates and traumatized Nira…that who the support of his mom…decides to do something that will change the rest of his life… Nira undergoes a sex reassignment surgery that completely transforms him into a beautiful, gorgeous woman. But, during his operation…his mother dies in a car accident…causing him to run away from the hospital after his surgery.

Which is where the drama begins… her mom in a car fighting on the phone with her dad Chomthawat…telling him to leave her and Nira alone before hanging up… He dad keeps calling her mom, who tries to pick up the phone but gets into an accident thus leading to the death of her mom. Then the scene shifts in England…  Nira as a young woman throwing photos of both her dad and aunt into the fire while remembering her pain and suffering, she gone through when she was still a young boy…before her sex reassignment surgery… While talking to her and her mom’s head of security and father-figure, Pone…she decides to go back to Thailand to not only start a new life, but to also get revenge on both her dad and aunt for causing her and her mom pain and suffering and even causing the death of her mom. Then, while finally back in Thailand and making her plans for revenge…she comes across a Dr. Benjang, Psychiatry calling card… Thus, leading her to remember days with her mom before her sex reassignment surgery and haven’t yet taken off the bandages off her face that will reveal her females looks… Remembering the how supportive her mom was and helping her with the help of Pone on preparing her papers as an official woman. Then, her mom then getting in accident and died, after being harassed on the phone by her drunk ex-husband, Nira’s dad. While on a private consultation, Nira after revealing her true identity to Dr. Benjang as a former man, his former patient Y and son of the Sirawat family. Tells the doctor she wants to start a new life but wanting nothing to Sirawats…  Not knowing her intention to get revenge on her aunt and dad, Dr. Benjang decides to let Nira stay with him and his housekeeper… giving Nira permission to use the alias of his deceased wife’s younger sister and last name, now calling her as Nira Kongsawat.

One day while Nira was out for a walk, she runs into her Uncle Chat, who not knowing her true identity as his dead nephew and a former male, is undeniably smitten by her by her not only for being a beautiful woman, but somehow he is drawn to her and her personality.

As a beautiful woman, this leads to Nira having many opportunities… success wise as well as the possibility of getting the love she always wanted to have with her Uncle Chat as well as the start of Nira’s long road of revenge that will either lead to her happiness or to more suffering and pain. Nira on her path of revenge will also deal with her own father trying to get her attention due to his womanizing ways, her aunt Rungrong’s destructive jealous antics and a scheming rival.

Now I will start this review…

First off, I want to clarify that I don’t mean to offend anyone with this review or whatever I may comment… I mean no offense and I am just giving an honest review about this drama…

Anyways…

Overall…I thought this story, although complicated and happens to have a topic of Sex Change that is considered as a tough and a rare focus especially in Asian countries, although more open in Thailand…I thought the way the writers come about the story was interesting and as someone who is both sympathetic and somewhat conflicted due to religion but in general I have no qualms against the LGBTQ community.  Cause to me, in general, my tick would be any person that has a horrible unrelenting personality.

Moving on… I found this story beautiful…sad… heart wrenching but still beautiful. The story made me feel for those who gone through similar issues like Nira. Also, like I said before, I want to clarify that I don’t mean to offend anyone… there are some points that honestly made me feel uncomfortable, irritated or mixed feelings… Like Nira’s dad unknowingly having interest in his own child who is now a woman, the aunt’s crazy jealous antics and the love between Nira and her uncle even though they are not related by blood but through marriage and it is obvious they have undeniable chemistry and love… But I got to repeat…still made me a little cringe cause Nira and Chat are related through marriage…but conflicted cause they make quite a sexy and gorgeous pair.

Anyways I will not expound too much but I think you can get the idea either way especially from my summary recap… But I truly believe that this was a well thought out, beautifully made complex story and it brought me to tears… I know though there are things that I won’t really completely understand but this drama brought me towards so many various emotions… you can’t help but be filled with so many of them…  I felt for Nira…she been through so much not being accepted by her father, being abused and degraded by her aunt and the final blow…her beloved uncle not accepting her love because it is forbidden due to their relations as well as no offense relationships of the same gender is not fully accepted yet despite the progress in places… Also you can really see that her aunt and father’s treatment towards her when she was a young boy really affected how she sees herself… especially after losing her mom…their treatment against her broke her! It broke her so much that she even though she is now a woman, a beautiful one in fact, she is filled with hatred and she believes that the only way she can she be really happy and get justice is to get revenge.

But I also felt sorry or pity for the other characters as well. I felt sorry for Chatchavee or Uncle Chat, because it is obvious that compared to Nira’s father he is definitely no womanizer, but because of his wife’s insecurities and jealously…it pushed him to the point to dislike her and lose faith in their marriage and living at times at his own apartment even though he wasn’t cheating at her at all. Just kept threatening Rungrong for divorce…still keeping their toxic relationship . When Nira came along, then he went through with his threat for divorce, leaving Rungrong for good. For Rungrong, Chat’s wife and Nira’s aunt, I pity her cause even though she seems to have high self-esteem for being rich, famous and married to a very attractive man it is plain to see that she is filled with insecurities. The impression I got from her is that she doesn’t trust her husband because Chat is very handsome successful man and what she sees from her brother Chomthawat, Nira’s father, who is also handsome and successful man… is a womanizer, even though she was told by her brother and warned by him that Chat is not like him and that if she keeps doing what she is doing she will lose her husband. What also doesn’t help her, is that she doesn’t treat nephew Nira well, who at the time was Wai, …verbally and physically abusing him due to her insecurities thus Chat always defending Wai from her. Another is when she and her brother treated the death of her nephew’s mom and the “death” of Wai as nothing, when it obviously they meant alot to Chat, especially her nephew Wai, meant alot to Chat. Their deaths cause even more rift between them, thus fueling Rungrong’s insecurities and jealously more…believing that maybe her husband is cheating when he is not. It became a major blow to her ego when Chat finally decides to end their marriage and leave her for Nira, who is in fact not aware is her nephew who is very much alive and now a woman. On Chomthawat, I don’t want to give too much away and I cannot say I totally feel sorry for him especially from his reasoning for treating his son and wife badly because either way his treatment of them is unacceptable whether or not his reasoning makes any sense because I didn’t completely buy it… You cannot say he is in-denial about his son’s desire to be a girl because of his treatment towards him is abusive… In fact, I believe it was a blow to his ego, that his only son…his heir to his legacy…is gay…is a girl at heart. But what I can also say is that he is traditional… “unemotional” or holding back kind of strict man that has strong fears, not only for his own selfish reasons but for his son too. He does love his son…in his own twisted way…and it may not seem right but it is just that his ego was bruised. Cause he acted like he despised his son and wife when they were with him, and when they “died” he acted like he doesn’t care and when he remembered them, their were hints that he wanted a traditional family with them in mind which was squash the moment he thinks about his son wanting to be a girl…he goes back to not caring about them again… Almost like trying not to relive those moments cause it ruined his fantasy for a traditional family…to teach his son how to play ball… And then, when he learns the possibility that his son might be alive and yearning to know how he looked like as young man…he was also tensed on not knowing what expect but at the same time he was hoping he son really is alive and well. Chomthawat is a sad man, you pity him but at the same time you can’t…

From what I can definitely see, the major themes are of course Revenge. Revenge fueled by hatred… And Nira’s self-hatred and hatred towards her father and aunt for causing her and her deceased mom’s pain and suffering.

As for the major lesson of this drama, I should say it is Self-Love, Self-Acceptance, Forgiveness in Oneself and Others is definitely evident at the end of this drama.  Since even Nira cannot accept and love herself and so leads her on such a destructive path towards revenge.

I felt that the entire cast did an amazing job in their roles whether they are there as support or to inflict harm on the main leads.  The main actress Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul is undeniably an amazing talented actress. I thought that she played the role of Nira very well, expressing her character’s emotions really well. She definitely deserves being known as one of the most sought-after actresses in Thailand. And Push Puttchai Kasetsin, I totally love him as Chatchatvee / Chat. He is an amazing actor. I totally love Baifern and Push chemistry in this one, they made me forget at some points that their characters related by marriage…Baifern as Nira / Wai the nephew now niece and Push as uncle Chat.

Anyways…

I hope you with this review, you will give this drama a chance especially since this will be my first ever Thai TV drama review in a while!!! Woohoo! And most importantly, once again, I hope this review of mines lessen one’s misgivings and / or at least despite one’s own views to give everyone especially in the LGBTQ community the respect they deserve because they are human beings too.

Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review on the Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew Thai Drama series. Hopefully this review gets you interested in Bai Mai Tee Plid Plewand in Thai dramas and shows!

As I mentioned before, Bai Mai Tee Plid Plewcan be found in Youtube on the Thai channel one31.  And that there is no English sub yet for a couple of episodes in the show…mainly the a couple of the middle episodes yet the beginning few and last couples episodes of this show has English subs. Still worth it in my opinion though, because I liked this drama despite how horrible the antagonists were… Anyways I highly recommend Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew aka The Fallen Leaves.

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3 thoughts on “Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew aka The Leaves Thai Drama Review

  1. I agree with your review.
    My Sister loves Korean Soap Operas.
    I started watching the short Korean stories with a lesson.
    Then I saw a very sad and tragic story of two young girls who grow up and have such different personalities.
    Fallen Leaves caught my attention right away because of the evil Aunt and abusive Father. I agree the Actress who portrays Nira is very talented.
    The Actor who played her Uncle is so handsome…
    They are all very talented.
    I don’t understand the language however just watching their facial expressions helped me to understand some of what was happening until the English close captioning was available.

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  2. I agree that Fallen Leaves is very enjoyable. It’s sad and I have seen this happen with young men from other countries who suffer because they are considered strange.
    I believe the Actress who portrayed Nira was Academy Award caliber. The Actor who portrayed her Uncle was very handsome.
    Fallen Leaves is a little melodramatic but life is messy.
    I recommended it to my Sister…

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