Hello March and Hello beautiful people!
Hope you all are doing well, safe and healthy…and have a prosperous new year so far!
I know it’s been a while since my last post, I apologize for that and the delay…
I didn’t have too much time to work on any reviews because of life, my work load increased as well since holidays before … and I also took some time for myself as well…
Luckily…I have a couple of reviews that you can say were at a back burner, need a refresher, look over and to be worked on more. Either way I apologize for being behind schedule on posting this review.
And I want to clarify, I watch this Thai drama that I am about to give my review of a while back not long after rewatching its original Kdrama ver, and totally loved it and one of my faves…especially since it is a Thai adaption of one of my favorite Korean dramas ever! This version was released last year on Netflix.
I also want to apologize for being behind schedule and only deciding now to make and post this review. But on the bright side, I was able to get a refresh, touch this review up to make sure I give all of my thoughts on this…especially since this is a Thai adaptation of one of my favorite Korean dramas that I will give my review of!!! And literally my first review and first Thai drama review of the month! Hehe… Woohoo!!
Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine! I got them online ✌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 tv drama on NETFLIX…
The original Korean Version of Voice is also available on Netflix and Viki.com…
While my Review for the K-version was posted a while back. So please go check it out!
And just a warning, this drama is so not for children and for the faith-hearted!
Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting…
VOICE – Thai Remake TV Drama 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 review as a television drama lover and a Thai 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.
Moving on… I will first talk about the main leads… Pancake Khemanit Jamikorn, Andrew Gregson and “Ice” Nattarat Noprattayakorn…
Pancake Khemanit Jamikorn is a Thai actress and model. Her younger brother is actor Pattaranun Jamikorn (Putter). She debuted in 2006’s Plik Din Su Dao with the main role of Rada. She starred in other dramas as well as such 2007’s Liem Petch Karat, Tookata Lung Labum, 2008’s Dragon Palace, Khun Noo Taewada, Soo SanTawan, 2009’s Pleng Ruk Kaam Pob, Buan Hong, Buang Rai Pye Ruk, 2010’s Tawan Yor Saeng, Duay Rang Athitarn, Tur Gub Kao Lae Ruk Kong Rao, 2011’s Tawipob, Nang Fah Kap Mafia, 2012’s Prik Gub Klur, 2013’s Prom Daen Hau Jai, 2014’s Peek Monkut, 2015’s Wan Sawart, Rak Rae, 2016’s Fang Nam Jarod Fang Fah, Tian Mimi Rak Tur Chun Ni Ran, 2017’s Sri Ayodhaya, 2019’s Payak Rai Sai Lub and the most recent and what this review is the focus of Voice Thai Version /Adaptation. She is also gearing up to two other projects for this year 2020…Pichit Daen Jai and I Need Romance 3.
In Voice Thai Version, Pancake Khemanit Jamikorn plays Captain Irin, the Thai counterpart of Lee Ha-na’s Captain Kang Kwon-joo. Like Lee Ha-na’s Captain Kang Kwon-joo, Captain Irin is a tough policewoman who is gifted with perfect psycho-acoustics skills and went for voice profiling. She was working at the call center when a brutal murder case of Moo Jin-hyuk’s wife aka Jang Hyuk’s thai counterpart Aran’s wife, took place and in the process of investigating her father was killed which led to a cover-up. She was quite conflicted with Aran at first, especially she testified that the suspect in her wife’s murder was not the culprit due the suspect’s voice not matching the culprit’s especially the habit of jaw cracking when speaking. But Aran later believes her as the story goes on especially after a couple of cases as they gathered evidences together while finding the real culprit to his wife’s and her father’s murder. She is one of the main protagonists in Voice Thai Version.
Andrew Gregson is Thai/German actor. He first debuted in a 1994 film Men’s Diary. His first television debut was in 1995’s Muer Mok Salai. Which was then following by numerous other roles including 2000’s Massaya until 2001’s Tarng Parn Kamathep which led him to start gaining numerous other leading roles in dramas including gaining numerous acting awards after that. He those numerous acting awards include: Top Awards 2001 – Best Male Lead Actor from Tarng Parn Kamathep; 16th Annual Golden TV Award 2001 – Best Male Lead Actor from Ruk Kerd Nai Tha Lard Sod; Kom Chud Leuk Award 2 2004 – Most Popular Male Lead Actor from Reun Mai See Beige; Mekalah Award 2004 – Best Male Lead Actor in the Drama Genre from Reun Mai See Beige.
In Voice Thai Version, Andrew Gregson plays Aran, the Thai counterpart of Jang Hyuk’s Detective “Mad Dog” Moo Jin-hyuk. Like Jang Hyuk’s Detective “Mad Dog” Moo Jin-hyuk, Aran is a “mad dog” detective who becomes guilt-ridden after his wife was murdered while he was at work. He was quite conflicted with Captain Irin at first, especially she testified that the suspect in her wife’s murder was not the culprit due the suspect’s voice not matching the culprit’s especially the habit of jaw cracking when speaking. But he later believes her as the story goes on especially after a couple of cases as they gathered evidences together while finding the real culprit to his wife’s and her father’s murder. He is one of the main protagonists in Voice Voice Thai Version.
“Ice” Nattarat Noprattayakorn is an actor and the first and only Thai runway model in South Korea. He first debuted on television in a guest role as a Steward on the first episode of 2016’s Diary of Tootsies. Which was then followed by his first lead role as Pun in 2017’s Gasohug as well as a lead role a Pom in Man in The Rain. Which to led to other projects as well. Whether it is a support role or a main role such as the support role of Tam in 2017’s Diary of Tootsies 2, main role Pai in The Collector, and the support role as Tankhun in the 2019’s Thai adaptation of Voice which this review is the focus of. His most recent is the support role of Mark in 2019’s One Year 365: Wan Ban Chun Ban Tur.
In Voice Thai Version, “Ice” Nattarat Noprattayakorn plays Tankhun, the Thai counterpart of Kim Jaewook’s Mo Tae-goo. Like Kim Jaewook’s Mo Tae-goo, He is the handsome, cold son of a transportation business mogul with vast connections. He is also the vice president of that transportation business. He plays the elusive psychopathic killer that Aran and Captain Irin have been looking for and wanted to arrest, pay for all his sins. He is main antagonists in Voice.
Now…I will move on to the short summary and recap of the beginning of VOICE Remake Thai drama…
Like in the original Korean version…except in Thai…since the story is this time in Thailand…
The story begins with a woman running frantically running away from a dark creepy hooded figure stalking after her while carrying a heavy metal kettleball. Once finding a place to hide from danger, she discreetly calls the police and she got through to Captain Irin, Kwon-joo’s Thai counterpart, who was a regular policewoman at the Police Call Center at the time. The woman tells Captain Irin her predicament, that she is in danger, so Captain Irin advised her to keep quiet and hide that she is calling for police assistance for her and informed her supervisor what is going on. But in the middle of Captain Irin’s conversation with her supervisor, the woman had to hang up because the killer was close by. Like an idiot, learning from Captain Irin that the woman hung up because the woman informed them the killer is nearby and she is hiding from him… Captain Irin’s supervisor idiotically calls the endangered woman which led to the woman’s phone ringing! The endangered woman frantically tries to shut it off, and is in shock that she left the ringing tone on. It is too late though…the ringing alerted the killer of her hiding place. Thus, leading towards the woman pleading to spare her because she has a baby waiting for her at home but in end the hooded killer gives her a brutal death…smashing the kettleball her head repeatedly.
The scene shifts to Moo Jin-hyuk’s Thai counterpart, Aran, who was somewhat drunk and had finished closing a case with his team and are celebrating with a round of drinks when he learns the news of his wife’s murder. Upon arriving at the crime scene of his wife’s murder with his team to process it, and his wife’s body still at the scene as forensics and police process the area. Aran, still not believing his wife is dead…goes over to his wife’s body and he calls for her to get up, afterwards he lies down next to her and just cries…
The scene shifts back to Kwon-joo’s Thai counterpart, Captain Irin, back at the Police Call Center who is still reeling and upset over not being able to help save the woman especially after the situation with her incompetent supervisor when she suddenly gets a call on her line at the call center… It was from her father, who is a veteran on the force and who is going to retire. Her father was currently doing a follow up routine check of the area of the victim was found murdered which scared Captain Irin because the killer could still be lurking around or had gone back to the scene of the crime, so she pleads with her father to wait for assistance when her father noticed a suspicious person lurking around who then started rushing away from him.
Three years later, Aran and Captain Irin after a somewhat explosive reunion through a case team up as the “Golden Time team” and solve cases together, resolve their misunderstanding and chase after the true identity of serial killer who took their loved ones and finally arrest him.
Finally, I will talk about my thoughts and overall review… of VOICE Remake Thai drama…As well as giving my comparison between the VOICE Remake Thai drama and original VOICE Korean drama…
First off…I have to say I’ve all also enjoyed the Thai version…
But…right of the bat if I compare it to the original Korean version of Voice, which I still love btw…. this Thai adaptation felt more realistic and more in depth.
This is because the lighting is not bright and gave off a dark atmosphere making the show more noir. Don’t get me wrong the lightning to the Voice original Korean version does make the show more appealing and clearer but in order for if to feel realistic, in opinion the Thai one’s much darker lighting especially at the creepy scenes made it more realistic and intense.
Also, I am not in-depth and knowledgeable in law or crime but I love watching crime shows like NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc etc. And whether or not, there might have been some plot holes from what I am not aware of… I can definitely say though that this show was pretty good and suspenseful.
The cast for the Thai one was really good as well. Although I admit, I like Jang Hyuk’s Moo Jin-hyuk more than Andrew Gregson’s Aran. This is because Jang Hyuk’s intensity is something else when he is upset or mad and he has this bad ass aura, the nickname of the “mad dog detective” fits Jang Hyuk more. But Andrew Gregson has a different intensity, that doesn’t make him less than Jang Hyuk, but Andrew Gregson is emotional intense which you can see from the eyes and like you get the impression he is trying to reign in his craziness. That’s the feel I get from Andrew Gregson’s Aran, just not the nickname of “mad dog”. But both actors did well in their roles that’s for sure. On Pancake Khemanit Jamikorn as Captain Irin, I felt that she was more expressive and emotional especially her eyes compared to Lee Ha-na as Kang Kwon-joo. Although Lee Ha-na as Kang Kwon-joo is more iconic to me because she starred in the sequels as well and she grew on me. But like Jang Hyuk and Andrew Gregson, I thought that Pancake Khemanit Jamikorn and Lee Ha-na did respectively well as Captain Irin and Captain Kang Kwon-joo, making their roles respectively their own.
Another that I’ve mention is the Thai adaptation is more in-depth. Why I say more in-depth? There are several themes that are a little bit more talked about then in the original Korean version. This also includes the back story and character of the antagonist. This is because the back story of the antagonist is more pronounced and makes you feel more how really sick and psychotic he is and even though he is pretty much a creep… you learn and realize that he is also a rich guy with needs… The guy who played the main antagonist role of Tankhun, “Ice” Nattarat Noprattayakorn… I though he played the role of the creepy Tankhun well. He utilizes his character’s back story and the in-depthness to his character well especially in the Thai adaptation it is hinted more that he gets what he wants especially with women when he killed the madam of the club. Culture wise, peace out, I mean no offense by the way…this is from I observed… I notice sexual themes would not be suggested in South Korea, it would be a tad hinted because Korea is more conservative while Thailand I notice is more open and accepting or would really mention a certain theme or issue that does happen. Like I mentioned is the suggestive theme. Both the Thai and Korean one, the antagonist comes upon the dead madam in his bathroom tub. In the Korean one, Mo Tae-goo creepily intimately touches the dead woman’s hair. It will only barely cross your mind that something might have went on between them but at you would brush out that thought cause Kim Jae-wook as Mo Tae-goo is sexy but creeping the heck out of you! In the Thai one, Tankhun does the same thing but talks to the dead madam saying along the lines that he got to know and enjoyed her but he killed her because she squealed to the police on one of his subordinates. From that, you would be like “oh my goodness!” Basically, you get the sense like he used her and really threw her away cause he is a psycho! Although I thought Tankhun was colder and more stoic, and a better in-depth back story then Kim Jae-wook’s Mo Tae-goo, I still more creeped out by Kim Jae-wook’s Mo Tae-goo more. Because Kim Jae-wook’s expressions and aura as a dangerous gorgeous man was on point. Despite the comparisions I still felt that both “Ice” Nattarat Noprattayakorn and Kim Jae-wook did well with what they could their character.
Another thing the stuck out to me, was the theme of cheating. Culture wise, it is a big no-no in South Korea. So, in Voice original, it was slightly hinted and quickly squashed as just admiration. In the Thai one, it was more suggested. I will not expound more but you can see from both versions where the similarities and the differences and additions are and I found that fascinating! Especially since the story is shaped or reshaped a bit according to one’s culture…accepted or not.
Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review of Voice!!! Hopefully, this review builds your curiosity in checking out this awesome Thai drama and other Thai dramas!!!
Please also check out my review of the Korean version of Voice which is the original version of this Thai remake version!!!
Also if you want to check out both versions…the Korean one is on Viki & NETFLIX while the Thai one is only on NETFLIX.
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