The Korean hit series Full House holds a special place in my heart. The arrogant Lee Young Jae, the happy-go-lucky attitude Han Ji Eun, the Mr.Nice Guy Yoo Min Hyuk and the antagonist Kang Hye Won made the drama into a hit series back in 2004, which was exactly 10 years ago.
Not so long ago, I found out that there is a Thai adaptation of the series, which will be in 20 episodes in contrast of the 16 episodes that the Korean series had. I am not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical about the drama because it’s a remake and let’s face it most of the remake or spin-offs hardly have an impression on me so I went for a drama-thon with so many doubts.
12 episodes later…..
I take it back. This remake is really good. It’s very, very impressive.
First of all, let me take you through the cast.
Lee Young Jae is now called Mike in the Thai adaptation and he is played by Mike Pirath Nitipisankul, who is also called Mike D.Angelo (from his twitter and tumblr) He’s on instagram with the name m1keangelo. (I am getting so good at stalking celebrities online, which is slightly worrying)
And he looks like this
EXO-M fans, hold your hats. This is not your Kris Wu oppa.
This is his older brother from another mother and father. They are two different people. Don’t believe? See it for yourself in the comparison picture below.
The resemblance is shocking. Isn’t it? I was very surprised too.
Han Ji Eun is now called Om-Am. And it’s played by Aom Sucharat Manaying. She is totally cute to the boot. Short, loveable and has an aura of a friendly person in the drama.
And she looks like this.
She’s really adorable. So petite and loveable!
Back to the drama review.
First of all, they did not follow the exact scripts of the previous drama, which is definitely a relief because there is a difference in cultures of both dramas (Korean and Thai) as well as the time that the drama took place in. The script writer made a few changes here and there but still stuck with the same personalities for characters with a few changes in the plot here and there.
Why would you enjoy it?
Full House is essentially a feel good drama that is very light, fun and filled with sweet moments. I doubt anyone would want to watch a drama that was made 10 years ago unless they lived through the drama together or has a special place for the drama in their heart. Even if you want to watch the original one, the resolution will be awful and the fashion is going to be out of place in your eyes (trust me, skinny jeans are not the rage back in 2004)
Full House Thai is the same but this is closer to modern day and something that you can relate to. It’s aesthetically pleasing with really good choice of setting. I particularly love the house that they filmed in and how clean and white they look.
Mike and Aom are relatively good actors. The first few episodes are going to be a bit awkward for you because that’s what I felt like when I started watching the series but the awkwardness melted away with time and it turns into awesomeness of pure fluff. Their chemistry is great especially during meal times scene.
One of the things I want to complain about the drama is about how they do not use the other cast as much. Because I only see Guy and Min only at the scene when they want to make each other jealous so I think the plot probably would have been better if they added a few more scenes with them to solidify the relationships between the characters but hey, I don’t know much about dramas, plot and scripts.
Fun fact: In Korean version, Young Jae and Ji Eun went to Thailand for their honeymoon. In Thai adaptation, Mike and Om-Am went to Korea for their honeymoon. It’s a little something but I find it very amusing.
I highly recommend you to watch it. You will definitely enjoy it if you are such an easy target for cute, romantic comedy with the slightest touch of antagonist in the series. I was tempted to write out the synopsis but I won’t spoil the fun for you. Go and check out the drama if you are looking for something a little different from Korean dramas. Maybe you will end up liking it. How do you find it? Ask Google. Just type if “Eng Sub Full House Thai” and you will see a lot of entries.
Have fun. And if you want to stalk the drama on social media #fullhousethai is way to go. I hope this series hit jackpot with international audience. It deserves it.
P.S. Thank you for Mike’s International fan club on Facebook for pictures.