Ngao Asoke Thai Drama Series Review

Hello again, I hope all of you are doing well and are safe…

Anyways…

I’ve binge watched this Thai drama this past week…  and I made sure that I gave all of my thoughts on this…especially since this is in my 1st & last Thai series/drama review for the month of AUGUST!!!

Woohoo!!!

Been a long time coming and finally presenting…

Ngao Asoke Thai Drama Series Review

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

Ngao Asoke was first broadcasted at September 2016! It is also known as Love Under the Shadow / Asoke’s Shadow and it can be found on Dailymotion

Anyways…

First off… please do not 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… But I do LOVE movies, books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow.

And…

Despite the lack of degree, 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, I apologize for any run-ons or any grammatical errors…

But I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.

Anyways…

I will now talk about the main characters of Ngao Asoke … Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote…

Esther Supreeleela is a popular Thai-Malaysian actress. She’s currently dating fellow actor and model Ken Phupoom Phongpanu. She is Christian. Esther attended Bangkok Thonburi University.

In  Ngao Asoke, Esther Supreeleela plays Piyachat aka Pi, who was a young orphan who meets Monthai during her childhood and befriends him. She remembers his kindness even though he had to leave for studies.  When a car accident takes away her only living relative, she begins living with Viyada, Monthai’s fiancé.

Sean Jindachot is a Thai actor and model. His older sister is actress and model Ploy Jindachot. He’s a freelance actor, but mostly works for One HD.

In Ngao Asoke, Sean Jindachote plays Monthai, who is engaged to Viyada. But he has to go abroad for studies because he can’t stand living at home with his mother’s insane jealously and grudges against “insatiable” maids which leads to terrible situations. While abroad he sends many letters to Viyada, not knowing that they were being answered by Pi…as tasked by Viyada. Monthai does not know that because of his prolonged stay aboard, Viyada just want to stop corresponding with him and get to know other men.

Now I will proceed with the summary of the beginning of the story of Asoke’s Shadow / Ngao Asoke

Asoke’s Shadow / Ngao Asoke is about Piyachat aka Pi, who was a young orphan who meets Monthai during her childhood and befriends him. She remembers his kindness even though he had to leave for studies.  When a car accident takes away her only living relative, her grandmother… Pi begins living with Monthai’s fiancé , Viyada, whom Pi does not know the perpetrator of her grandmother’s incident.

Monthai is from a prestigious family and is engaged to Viyada. But he has to go abroad for studies because he can’t stand living at home due to his mother’s past grudges that she tries hard to not happen to son that manifested her insane jealously and actions in the past which leads to terrible consequences.

Consequences…that pushed Monthai away from his mom, testing his principles and the very core of his being…

While abroad he sends many letters to Viyada, not knowing that they were being answered by Pi…while Viyada just want to stop corresponding with him and get to know other men.

Til one day…

Due to her guilt as well as losing her son… Monthai’s mother gets really sick, and asks for Viyada to take care of her, which is the last thing Viyada wants!

So Viyada asks Pi to pretend to be her and go take care of Monthai’s mother in her place…

Monthai returns from studying aboard and thinks that Pi is pretending to be Viyada for money. Slowly but surely…he realizes that his impression of her is false and slowly starts to care for Pi… But to him, Viyada is all he sees and does not know of Viyada’s cruel nature…

While…Monthai’s mom on the other hand knows Pi’s situation, sees Pi’s sincerity in caring for her and grows to love and adore Pi like her own daughter… And does all she can to protect Pi.

Not long after…Viyada comes to Monthai’s home and trouble ensues…

Moving on now with my actual review…

Anyways…

Here it goes…

First off, Ngao Asoke has two versions… The 2008 version and the 2016 version. I watched the 2016 Ngao Asoke version with Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote as the main leads…

Also, as I mentioned before, is also known as Asoke’s Shadow and Love Under the Shadow

I will try not to expound too much and will keeps this as short as I possibly can so I won’t spoil anything even though I most likely did in the characters section and summary recap of this report…

Anyways…

Ngao Asoke is such an interesting and somewhat well-thought out Thai drama in my opinion!

Anyways…like Leh Ratree…it brought many emotions out of me…. I was happy, then irritated, sad, disappointed, then amused, then giddy, then annoyed, angry, then giddy again! Oh my!..It was almost a roller coaster…but not exactly…because it was manageable…especially since there weren’t too many antagonists in the story…

Except…

Ngao Asoke has a completely different storyline from Leh Ratree…

In Ngao Asoke, the main themes are about..

Duty

Filiality

Principles

Guilt

Mistaken Identity

Love

Here in Ngao Asoke

Our female lead, Pi, was brought up to dutiful and filial. But it is both her strength and her weakness.  Her grandma had taught her when she was that her dutifulness will only move her forward in life, thus leading her to believe that she always owe those who help her, even if a person just gave her a meal… Thus, making it easy for cruel people like Viyada to take advantage and make a fool out of Pi… Pi is not aware that Viyada cause her grandma’s death with her reckless driving, and got away with it. That before dying, her grandma asks Viyada’s dad to take care of Pi, and the dad agrees because he does not want Viyada to be incriminated for her reckless driving.  What Pi is only aware that is that she owes Viyada and her family everything, because they are now her benefactors. Her ways of paying her debts off goes to the point of listening to Viyada’s orders especially on being in charge to answering Monthai’s letters and to point where Viyada put Pi in danger with Viyada’s badboy boyfriend Ketchai, hoping that he will defile Pi and forget his grudge against Viyada. Interestingly enough, it was Ketchai who opened Pi’s eyes to Viyada’s cruel nature….

While our male lead, Monthai…both his virtue and his stubborn nature is both his strength and weakness, which was manifested by his mother’s over-the-top past actions that led to the suicide of maid…  His mother’s actions because of her love and worry for him in “falling prey to insatiable maids” just like his father…affected Monthai’s principles and shook the very core of his being…thus leading him to cut ties with his mother and leaving abroad…  Because of the past, Monthai’s does not believe his mother’s claims that Viyada is cruel and not a worthy to have his love. Monthai, only knows is that he loves Viyada.  He is also not aware that Pi had been the one who responding to his letters to Viyada, under Viyada’s orders because Viyada wanted to stop corresponding with him and pay attention to other guys.

I honestly did not agree with Lady Tuptim, Monthai’s mom’s past actions… She was so harsh and abusive due to her paranoia and love for her his son… Scared that he too, will become just like his father and fall prey to insatiable maids… She became more harsh when she found out that one of the maids, Lakkana has a crush on her son, even though Monthai is only in love with Viyada. Lady Tuptim’s constant abuse towards Lakkana then leads to the Lakkana’s suicide… Anyways I though that Lady Tuptim was so stubborn to cut ties with Monthai for cutting ties with her…because she did inadvertently cause Lakkana’s suicide because of her grudges. But at the same time I can’t help but feel sorry for her because a lot her acting out was misplaced…Lady Tuptim was obviously deeply hurt, scarred by her husband’s infidelities with the maids… What Lady Tuptim was not right either way though…

  In a way, Lakkana did get her retribution from Lady Tuptim’s cruel ways and suicidal death, with the fact that after Lady Tuptim cut ties with her son and she is left alone for her and gone mentally unstable… From my guess Lady Tuptim knowing deep in her heart that she was wrong and felt guilty for inadvertently causing Lakkana’s death…that she starts becoming unstable… Then when Pi came along to take care of her in place of Viyada, Lady Tuptim started coming out of her shell but became a better person… Another interesting thing, Lady Tuptim’s road to becoming a better person and suffering from her guilt, her eyes are now opened to Viyada’s true and cruel nature, the same woman whom she once have favored for her son and now sees her as unworthy especially for not coming to take care of her when she was sick.

Viyada…oh Viyada…is so cruel and unbelievable… All of her transgressions began the moment she killed Pi’s grandma with her reckless driving, shocking Pi’s grandma to death from her near hit… And the fact that her father did not have his daughter own up to her wrongdoings… Viyada is such a cruel and self-centered person. It also doesn’t help the fact that as she was young she was more favored than her younger sister Viparwarn aka Wan by her parents, just because she is more beautiful and likely to get a better match in marriage… And Viyada did had a better match with Monthai, but she didn’t want to wait for him…

Now, I want to mention what I was not fond of… which occurs in the majority of all the Thai shows and dramas I’ve watched…

Like I mentioned back in my earlier Thai drama reviews…specifically…Hua Jai Sila and Leh Ratree, which are both awesome dramas by the way! Hands down!

Anyways they all…including Ngao Asoke… share one main thing that I was not fond of in the lakorns I’ve watched so far…

That main thing, I was not fond of which is the only downside for me even though I know Ngao Asoke is considered a Slap Kiss drama… I am not fond of the man handling, the grabbing and aggressive actions made by the male leads upon the female leads…which I notice in the lakorns I’ve watched so far…  Not trying to be offensive but that part just makes me uncomfortable… I know for sure that I will likely never get used that! It is a con for me.

I don’t approve of manhandling but despite that, I do like Thai dramas and will continue to like them, I know for sure that will not change…will expound more later…

Now…

Back to my review…mainly on the chemistry between the main leads… Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote is undeniable! So adorable and interesting! The banter between them was fun, amusing to watch … The growing attraction they have for eachother or at least the attraction they do not want to admit they have for one another. The only thing, that is somewhat missing is the passion since Sean’s character Monthai is suppose to hate Esther’s Pi from what I heard about the original Ngao Asoke.

But either way, I so love this pair-up! Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote! They make me giddy!

Here in Ngao Asoke, Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote…is just Wow!!!

They are both talented and have an amazing chemistry that was well pronounced especially with a complex storyline and themes used! I felt like both Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote got even deeper into their acting in Ngao Asoke.  And like Leh Ratree… Ngao Asoke has a deeper, mature and much more dramatic storyline. And like in Leh Ratree, here Ngao Asoke…Esther is charming and lovely while Sean was handsome and intense. I feel like if they get more roles together and get more comfortable with eachother, their chemistry will become even more pronounced and likely passionate.

On the others…I felt the supporting and minor characters did well in their roles whether they are there to guide the main leads or give them trouble…

The 2nd pair was interesting as well…just alot of misunderstandings that kept them from getting together…

Anyways…

 What I like about Lakorns I’ve watched so far…Hua Jai Sila, Happy Birthday, Bai Mai Tee Plid Plew, The Judgement , Leh Ratree and now Ngao Asoke…. The writers of lakorns, ability to use complex storyline and themes that can be quite controversial or complicated but still well executed and can bring a roller coaster of emotions to you! And this in why I will continue to like Thai dramas / lakorns despite disliking the manhandling in them… Of course, I don’t approve of manhandling…but despite that I will continue liking Thai dramas!

Anyways, like Leh Ratree 2015… Ngao Asoke with Esther Supreeleela and Sean Jindachote is an awesome Thai lakorn!  Definitely high on my recommend list! If available somewhere I would try to see the 2008 version… But for now, I recommend you all to check out Ngao Asoke 2016!

Once again, the Ngao Asoke 2016 drama can be found on DailyMotion!

Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review on the Thai Drama Ngao Asoke 2016. Hopefully this review gets you interested in watching the show as well as other Thai shows and dramas!

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Anyways til my next post…

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