Neung Nai Suang

Neung Nai Suang (2005)

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Boom and Neung were childhood enemies. Neung made fun of Boom because she was chubby, and Boom hated Neung because he always had to have his way. Years later, Boom finishes her schooling, and is able to find a job as a private teacher for the young daughter of a rich family. Meanwhile Neung has finished studying abroad and is making his way home. Upon hearing about Neung's return, Boom hopes and read moredoes all she can to avoid him. Unfortunately, at a party, as if by fate, Boom and Neung are paired as dance partners. As soon as he sees her, Neung likes Boom. However, he does not know who she is. Boom, on the other hand, knows exactly who he is and refuses to dance with him.
It is not until Boom's cousins, who also grew up with Neung and Boom, show Neung a picture of the present Boom does he realize who she is. Having been rejected by Boom, Neung sets out to mess with Boom and prove that he can still get his own way. However, in doing so, it becomes harder and harder for Neung to ignore his attraction to her. Before long, getting his own way starts to mean getting Boom for himself. (asianfuse)

  • Native title:

    หนึ่งในทรวง
  • Also Known as:

    One in My Heart; Nueng Nai Suang; Nung Nai Sueng;

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anagard
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Oct 29, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
My absolute number one thai drama. This drama definitely deserves a recommendation for all lovers of good drama. Excellent written, with interesting, humorous dialogue and situations.
Full perfection of production. They are fully present period 50-60. Starting from the lighting that perfectly fit into the period, then how are equipped home, furniture, household sundries, this is taken care of every detail. What is even more commendable is that the drama was filmed read more in many locations, so there is a selection of items that we have seen from this period more than impressive. Even the restaurant serves Coke and Seven Up from the original bottle from that period!
Stylist is definitely a genius ... Every dress in this drama I wont to sew. Beautiful. Haircuts are stylish and well suited to each character. Many makeup artists in today's dramas should take notes from this artist ....
Music is awesome elected jazz compositions that completely fit into the period but the first mood of our heroes ...
Acting is such that I completely lost track of it in terms of actors, and to those I saw in a lot of drama ... Each character is perfectly presented.

The story is greatly written with a plot that we have seen since the origins of drama ... But great featured. What surprised me pleasantly is how much I enjoyed all characters. Families are each in their own way unique and that's what attracted me. We should not forget that this is a period drama so ther are certain psychological aspects treated accordingly.

The fact is that it could be shorter for one episode. Also, some characters are getting a little more play time than is necessary, and some characters have been forgotten ....
But I finish this drama with a big smile on face, and immediately took off to look at her again!
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MusicalVeggies
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Aug 17, 2017
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I decided to watch this instead of the 2015 remake because a lot of viewers were saying that the older version was a lot better. And I can probably see why because this is a very character-driven show and as much as I like James Jirayu (in Khun Chai Puttipat and Padiwaradda), I honestly don't think that he would be able to pull off the character of Anawat the way Ken Theeradeth read more did in this show.

STORY
Perhaps I should have been alerted to the inference in the synopsis when it said that "having been rejected by Boom, Neung sets out to mess with Boom and prove that he can still get his own way". I am not a fan of power-tripping characters i.e. characters who deliberately set out to bully or oppress others to show that they can get their own way and feel all powerful and all-conquering in the process. Which is why I dislike a lot of the Thai second lead females and villains/ antagonists and tend to fast-forward through their scenes.

But here, the main male lead sports this sort of behaviour towards the main female lead. It is a testament to how well the script was written and how layered and nuanced Ken Theeradeth's acting was as Anawat that I did not immediately drop this drama after the 5th or 6th episode. However, as much as Ken was doing as good a job as he could as Anawat, I still eventually developed a real dislike towards the character that I skipped about 3 episodes entirely so that I could jump right to the last 4 and see how it ended. And I didn't really like the ending either, not because of Ken's bad acting or anything, but because I just disliked the script i.e. the way the characters ended up resolving their circumstances.

So here's the deal: this show is actually a good show.
The reason why I gave it a low score is not because of the production or the acting or even because of bad scripting (when I say bad scripting, I mean bad story-telling). My low score is entirely due to my personal dislike for main characters who pull the bully card on people and who, even after realising their own bad bullying character, made very little effort in making amends but instead went into a tailspin and even used third parties and deception to resolve the situation (i.e. he never really grew up). The whole premise and resolution for this show just rubbed me up in a bad way that no matter how well Ken did in giving Anawat a more layered and nuanced personality, I still found myself entirely dissatisfied with the show because of how his character and circumstances were portrayed.


ACTING/ CAST
KEN THEERADETH - as Anawat/ Neung. I can see why Ken is such a well-loved actor on the Thai drama scene. He can certainly pull of a dislikable character and give him more emotional depth and layers than a lot of the younger and less seasoned actors in the newer dramas these days. Had it been any other actor playing this role, I probably would have dropped this drama entirely within the first few episodes so it is a testament to Ken's performance that I was able to sit through huge chunks of the show despite the fact that he was portraying a character with a personality that I hated. Disliking my lead characters is a real deal-breaker for me in dramas but Ken made his Anawat a lot less hateful.
I am impressed with how naturally and easily Ken looked playing Anawat too. The way he walked and moved, and the way he emoted, it all looked very real and natural on-screen, as though Anawat was a living and breathing person you could meet on the street. There is very little contrived or posed looks which some actors make for the camera so that you know what they're thinking or feeling. I can see why Ken is such a powerhouse actor - pity I disliked the way his character was scripted.
Still, fantastic performance from Ken as Anawat here. I can't see any other actor pulling off this level of performance.

JANIE - as Boom/ Pum/ Hatairat. Superficially, I personally did not find her the amazing beauty the show was trying to sell to me. I think she did rather okay as the main female lead but there were quite a few scenes where I found her acting to be green, rather blank and rather artificial. I think she can handle the big dramatic moments but when it came to the soft, quiet and emotionally charged moments, she could do with lots of improvement. Ken's eyes were shooting all sorts of emotion at her and she presented him with a blank wall a lot of the time. Which made it difficult for me to really understand whether Pum/ Hatairat really secretly liked Anawat despite his 'teasing'. The shifts and change in emotions and the introspective scenes did not really lend much insight to her feelings, unlike Ken's. You'd expect her to be able to show Pum/ Hatairat's conflicted emotions in finding herself liking someone against her own will as the show progressed, but nope, I hardly saw much of it there.

The supporting cast was serviceable. No real standout characters for me here. I actually found some of the actions/ decisions from some of the characters inappropriate and callous - am not sure if it was because of film-culture in 2005 or because it is a Thai drama period quirk but some of the characters who are supposed to be close to Pum hardly empathised with her or understood her. As well-intentioned as some of their actions were, the fact that Pum was put in situations which made her feel very uncomfortable, or was put in circumstances which she really disliked, showed how little those people knew her. Friends or family who care and love you simply don't do this sort of thing to you on a regular basis. I therefore could not really connect or relate to them in a positive way.

So, all said and done, the only glue holding this drama together for me was Mr Ken Theeradeth.


MUSIC
I quite liked the light-hearted background music and score. It helped to keep a lot of the horrid moments less horrid. You're being subconsciously told not to take what was happening on-screen too seriously, and to view them in a lighter way. Great use of it, even if it sometimes seem so incongruous!


RE-WATCH VALUE
Honestly, for me, I would not touch this again with a ten-foot pole because the entire plot premise and lack of character growth sits very ill with me, and because I dislike the character and personality of the main male lead. As much as Ken was amazing, I simply dislike the essence of the character which doesn't improve itself, to really root for him.

Still, for those who don't mind having a male lead with a rather childish, bullying character (it helps that he is only this way to the main female lead, as opposed to intrinsically horrible across the board), you might want to give this show a watch, because Ken does this sort of character amazingly well.
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Both are set around the same era.

In both the female lead is strong-minded, beautiful, well mannered and easy to fall in love to. But of course only the male lead started of by not liking her even hating her - always misunderstanding her and not able to see the true her. As feelings start to grow he keeps getting jealous seing her involved with other men.
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You will get the same feeling as in both dramas the male character keeps misunderstanding the female's pure heart. So while he himself doesn't realize his own feelings, he keeps teasing and hurting her.
There is also this mean second female in both dramas
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    Paulina_Ksiezniczka Jul 16, 2017

    Where can I watch it with eng sub?

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    BlackHalo May 2, 2017 - edited

    Despite everything, the little girl in wheelchair is the luckiest gal in this lakorn; has a cute teacher by her side, a handsome doc and Ken is her P' :D

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    Kikka Aug 20, 2016 - edited

    Loved it! xD The story was light and nice, and all the characters were great :D Worth a watch :D

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      AnanyaS Oct 23, 2016

      Thanks! Also, have you watched the remake of this one?

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      Kikka Oct 23, 2016

      welcome :) nope I have not yet, I will probably watch it later :)

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      Cherri Dec 11, 2016

      Where can I find it to watch online not download

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      Kikka Dec 11, 2016

      I could not find it online, I downloaded it.

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    Selendrile Jul 8, 2016 - edited

    this is Asia's Pride and Prejudice , love it

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      MusicalVeggies 27 days ago - edited
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      rainruma 27 days ago
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      MusicalVeggies 27 days ago

      Agree that it is not fair to compare a layered and deep piece of classic literature to a lakorn. Hence, sweeping statements without further elaboration like @Selendrile's is not particularly helpful and can lead to misunderstandings and misconceptions.

      Aside from the period setting and the fact that the main leads started off on the wrong footing with each other, I honestly do not really see any further resemblance to the great classic literature that is P&P. Character personalities, character behaviours, plot premise, relationship development, character development - 'Neung Nai Suang' differs and is nowhere close in all these aspects from 'Pride and Prejudice'.

      So, for viewers checking out this comment section for insights into this lakorn, it is best to take @Selendrile's comment with a large handful of salt. I'm saying this because I'm trying to be helpful as this particular comment was part of the reason why I was persuaded to check out this lakorn and was very disappointed to find that it was nowhere close.

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      rainruma 24 days ago

      Too bad, you may have liked it more if you didn't have P&P expectations :(

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      MusicalVeggies 24 days ago - edited

      LOL. Maybe. P&P is a huge favourite of mine so I had to check it out. But well, a silver lining to the whole thing is that I have found Ken Theeradeth through this experience. :)

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    bossmama Jan 10, 2016

    Ken is sooo dashing and charming here, Janie is dull as always though

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    KMR Sep 27, 2015

    I truly hoped it was not another Stockholm syndrome romance but I was wrong...:(
    It's not really my thing so I didn't enjoy it.

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    abracadabra May 6, 2015 - edited

    Another lakorn which is really worth watching... I like it very much... And I love Ken - his appearance is simply captivating!

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      rainruma Sep 3, 2015 - edited

      YES to all!!!.... Ken is always captivating..... and this version is so much better than the newer one, mainly because of Ken's performance!!!....Captivating !!!

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      abracadabra Sep 4, 2015 - edited

      Well, it's obvious that we think the same about Ken and his acting. But, is there more lakorns like this for recommendation? With or without Ken?
      Unfortunately, very often I find myself stuck in some ridiculous lakorn full of stupidity...

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      hedwig3 Sep 4, 2015 - edited

      How about Wanida (2010)?
      I enjeyed this and Neung Nai with similar feelings.

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      abracadabra Sep 5, 2015 - edited

      Well, thanks, but I have already watched Wanida. It wasn't bad. Something else?

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      anagard Sep 8, 2015

      I absolutely agree, none better than Ken to act out this role. Man acting with eyes, posture, does not have to speak, and emotion is conveyed !!

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    rainruma Sep 8, 2014 - edited

    This is now one my fave Lakorns ...... lots of Angst/Jealousy, Great Humor and a nice sweet Romance !!!
    What makes it one of the best is the Excellent Writing, the banter b/w Ken & Janie is hilarious !!! ..... and of course , the Excellent Acting adds lots of dimension to the characters ..... The Supporting Cast is also great .
    .... Ken is a bad-boy again , but in a childish way , so it's cute.... nothing too outlandish , for all those twho hate slap/kiss style... but plenty of verbal cat-fights !
    .... Ken and Janie fights add Lots of Excitement. xD
    .... It feels like a Hollywood Rom-com from the 60's and not just because it is set in the 50's/60's...:)) ..... I love it <3<3<3

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      Ginger Sep 8, 2014

      Where did you watch it...I can't find it full anywhere!

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      Ginger Sep 8, 2014

      Thank you :)

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      BlackHalo May 2, 2017 - edited

      Thanks for recommending this, sunbae ...or should I say P'rainruma? :D (because hands down, you're the lakorn guru of MDL, so therefore you are my sunbae/sensei/Pee :D)

      Ken is gorg af! Warning to everyone planning to watch this; his level of handsomeness will knock you off your chair! lolol! This should be on every Ken fan's to-watch list, a must! I'm at ep 6 and loving it already, our main couple is so cute. I love how female lead never let's Ken's character intimidate her, she always has an answer ready for him. And Ken's childish acts - do die for, gosh his smiles are too precious! This is indeed a breath of fresh air from all the slap/kiss lakorns, just what I needed!

      Also, I kept getting the feeling that this was set in the 70's or something (cars, clothes, hairstyles etc.) but couldn't be sure. Thanks for clearing that up, I did see the 'historical' tag, but got a little confused as it wasn't mentioned anywhere in the synopsis.

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      rainruma May 5, 2017

      Thank you, but I am far from being the lakorn Guru... many others know more and have seen more..... Just that I prefer ones w/ well-developed characters.

      Nonetheless, I am happy you are enjoying it! ... This is not the type everyone enjoys because it relies much on the banter ... But that is exactly why I love it!

      Also, Ken always gives his characters depth and makes them more complex .... He is the best at expressing conflicted emotions.

Details

  • Country:

    Thailand
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    17
  • Aired:

    Jun 22, 2005 to Aug 17, 2005
  • Network:

    Channel 3
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.5 (scored by 145 users)
  • Ranked:

    #10184
  • Popularity:

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