Thai Drama Weekend: Sud Pai Paan (2013)

Sud Sai Paan (2013)

What a weekend! What a drama! Want to read more on what had to be the hardest drama in a long time to watch that literally eclipsed the Chinese 2011 drama Sealed with a Kiss and the Chinese 2013 mini-drama Le Jun Kai easily!!??

Stars
Toomtam Yuthana Puengklarng as Thitit Suriyakan
View Wannarot Sontichai as Gandaowasee/Gandaomanee Girinisuan
Nat Thephussadin Na Ayutthaya as Wasan
Guy Ratchanon Sukprakob as Wit Asawagrai
Ann Alicha Laisattruklai as Urai
Apple Aitanik Intarasut as Nareerat
Pukhai Pongsiri Bunluewong as Brapun
Fang Pitchaya Srithep as Ying Kai Napa

Plot
Tithit (Toomtam Yuthana Puengklarng) meets Gandaomanee Girinisuan (View Wannarot Sontichai) in Phrajoit and falls in love with her. Unbeknownst to Thit, Gandaomanee is using her elder twin sister’s name, Gandaowasee, for herself, therefore tricking him into thinking her real name is Gandaowasee. She later leaves him when she grows tired of him and finds out that he’s the poor son of a merchant. Thit is heart-broken and tries searching for her unsuccessfully.

One year later, Thit meets the real Gandaowasee Kitrinisuan at a banquet and is ecstatic upon seeing her. But Gan claims she doesn’t know him. Thit is confused and confronts Gan about their relationship. He assumes she doesn’t want to remember him because he’s poor, therefore denying ever knowing him.

My Thoughts
Not since Sealed with a Kiss; no, not since Le Jun Kai; wait, there is more, not since Sanaeha Sunya Kaen have I NOT wanted the main couple ever to get together! I almost wanted to disown my bestie and drama twinnie after watching this (it was her suggestion)! But alas, after I gave it some thought and the fact that the mindlessness of watching this drama was actually a good thing, it grew on me! Great suggestion, twinnie!!

The utter ruthlessness and stupidity of Tit’s character drove me insane! First he loves her, then he doesn’t, then he does! His split personality would drive any sane person insane! There were moments when your sympathy for Gandaowasee (the good twin) was so high that every time Gandaomanee came on the screen, you just wanted her to die! The amazing thing about this drama was the acting! It is hard playing one character in a drama but to have an actress play 2 distinct and totally different characters was amazing to watch!! My respect and love for View (Sonthichai Wannarot) is now ten-fold! I loved her in Dok Ruk Rim Tang as she played a woman hiding as a man but this role put her on my drama map!!

I can truthfully say that I was never on the Tit/Gandaowasee ship! When he so effortless abandoned his then wife for the woman who left him because he was poor and he even knew this, I was floored. Gandaowasee was always the better woman from the beginning to end. She was even willing to let him go once Gandaomanee resurfaced. Such a woman was she. She made me proud of her many times throughout the drama. Many times!!

Now, onto Gandaomanee. This had to be the sickest woman in the history of a drama! I’ve watched a lot of dramas with evil characters. Hell, I thought Jitree, from Dok Ruk Rim Tang held this title but Gandaomanee has usurp the title. All Hail Crazy Queen! Gandaomanee’s body count was legendary! Starting with her mother, Gandaowasee’s step mother, step-father; no, I’m not finished. She killed so many people, I had to remind myself this was a woman! Her attempt to murder her one true friend was just amazing! I never understood her friend’s loyalty! Never!! What was not understood was why she was like this. At first, you thought there was abuse from her step-father but that man had nothing but pure, fatherly love for her. I guess it was all because of her mother’s decision to split up the twins and being jealous of Gandaowasee who was raised with wealth. Her jealousy was the worse I’ve seen! Absolute worse! Okay, there was one time that I sympathize with her character. When? I’m not going to tell you!! You will easily figure it out!

Can I simply say that I LOVED Tit’s grandmother!! She was smarter than her grandson when it came to recognizing the goodness and genuine love that a person has! She recognized it immediately in Gandaowasee and saw through the evilness of Gandaomanee. She was sweet and understanding but tried hard to bring her idiotic grandson around and away from the dark side. But obviously, the old adage of “absence makes your heart grow fonder” really came into play when Tit finally made his decision of who he truly loved. But it was getting there that made this drama a “hard to watch” drama.

So, the question is did I love this drama? Absolutely not! Did I find it entertaining from beginning to end? Absolutely. I never stopped watching it from episode 1 until the end. I was riveted. I kept asking myself, can it get worse? Can it? It did. Many, many times. The level of abuse that Gandaowasee experienced was legendary! By half way through the drama, I was deeming her a “saint”! Her utter love for her sister despite everything she would do to her and her love as well as sacrifice for Tit was amazing!! So, the big question is would I recommend this? Maybe. If you have been familiar with other dramas of this genre, you could easily watch this and think nothing of it. But let’s just say, I’ve sworn off watching any more “evil” twin dramas forever and ever! Thanks, Gandaomanee, for the cure!!

I’ve now added Channel 5 as one of my favorite purveyors of Thai lakorn dramas! Right next to Channel 7! You both ROCK!!

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9 Replies to “Thai Drama Weekend: Sud Pai Paan (2013)”

  1. It was the chemistry between the two leads that kept me watching, even though the story went downhill from the middle. But I don’t think there are many ‘evil’ twin stories, mostly there are ones about weak and strong twins,

    In fact, the character of Gandaomanee is kinda rare, while the other woman usually do bad things in lakorns, one of the main characters being an out and out murderer is rare, there’s only a handful of lakorns I can think of that has the main focus on an evil woman. In the end I got tired of the killings and such.

    Sawan Biang is my recommendation for a lakorn in being hard to watch, but I think its better acted and directed. But it will put you through the emotional ringer.

    1. Thanks for reading. If you knew what my weekend was like while I was watching, you’d be surprised! It took damn near the entire drama for me to be for the lead couple. I loved the lead girl! I thought she did a damn good job playing to polar opposite characters. Now her dramas I plan on watching more of them!!

  2. Yeah, I agree with pretty much everything you said. I was quite harsh on it while I was watching it but I did actually warm to it by the end. At around ep 12 when Thit started treating Gan better, I started liking the show better. Up until that moment, I was just frustrated with everyone. Like, so so so incredibly frustrated. At one point, I wasn’t sure I could actually keep watching everyone (Thit and Gan’s stepmother, mostly) be such douche’s to Gan. Even Gan’s younger sister, who Gan has never done anything wrong to, was a little bitch to her! At least Gan had her dad to support her, and Thit’s grandmother. If she didn’t have anyone, I would’ve just dropped it before it got better. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone though, lol

  3. So I watched and I am so mad at myself for watching it lol even after you said you wouldn’t recommend, even after you named those three dramas that I have watched and will never watch again I STILL WATCHED! I loved the acting, the main girl was AMAZING! I had to remind myself that Gan and Ni were the same people, Tit just no! Well, he is not as DEMINTED AND CRUEL as the other three show male leads, but he is as egotistical and delusional as they are. Loved everyone else and I did feel bad for Ni that one time. Speaking of that, WHY THE HECK DID THE COUSIN NOT GET PUNISHED?1 HE IS SADISTIC!! Actually, all the male leads in this show(excuding the dad’s and the nice guy at the silk store) are insane Tit is Delusional, Wasun is greedy ( I thought he would go out via STD) and Wit( is just ewwh. All in all the show and all the good people were great and glad the BFF found the Lord because being with Ni will get you no where. Speaking of Ni, she got off easy- she took her own life and died in the arms of the man she wanted. Anyways thanks 🙂

    1. See? People think I write things and I’m exaggerating! I was right! I was right! Glad you saw it the same way but like I said, View as an actress is simply amazing! I am in awe of her acting capability and haven’t been bored yet with her drama or her acting. But I agree, there were no redeeming males in this drama that remained alive, that is.. 😀

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