Cubic (2014)

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The father of Ruthainark is in debt with a man called Lin Lang Ser who is a well known member of the Hong Kong mafia. As the ugly duckling of the family Ruthainark is a very intelligent student but cannot compare with her sister's beautiful looks. Lin Lang Ser decides to accept her sister as a payback for the high debts of her family, but when the day comes to pay the read moredebt the girl's father decides to run away with his eldest daughter. As a result of this Ruthainark is captured by Lin Lan Ser's men and brought to his mansion.

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May 8, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.5
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.5
Cubic is not your usual crime-action-romance. It is a story about a romance between a high school student and an adult and powerful mafia boss. Talk about robbing the cradle! Or the fact that this high school girl is a genius who helped the mafia and international arms dealer to cheat the police........If you can get pass these little 'glitches' in the storyline and the illegality of it all, the rest is read more a fascinating and amusing journey of mafia politics mingled with poor make-belief Chinese props and customs. Let me elaborate....

Story: Storyline is the strength of this lakorn - hands down. Perhaps this has to do with how the lakorn is based on a best selling novel; so it does come with twists and turns, plots and sub-plots and a love story between a high school girl with an IQ of a genius and a cold and calculative mafia boss. There are many shootings, killings and people running and hiding in this lakorn. The props are poorly done like in a low budget film/drama but if you can look past that, the story is quite addictive. I will not elaborate more on the story without giving it away. It's the sort that makes you stay up just to find out what is going to happen next despite the poor acting, directing and props! Serious!

Acting/Cast: The best actor in here is the main female lead - the high school girl! I find the main male lead too stiff in his acting to appeal to my taste. Sure, his role is that of a cold and calculating mafia boss, but that does not mean his body language should come across awkward as well! Add to that the fact that I have to fast forward too many unneccessary scenes where ppl pretty much just stare at each other for long periods of time, the acting and directing of this lakorn is really its downfall. The use of poor "Chinese" props and customs (such as the fist to palm greeting that no modern Chinese alive will be caught using!) and a few other boo-hoos provide either comical relief or a frown of annoyance.

Music: Obviously they did not invest much on the OSTs. Nothing worth mentioning here.

Rewatch value: This is one of those lakorns where once you had watched it and know the twists, you will not want to watch it again... at least not in the near future! The value of this lakorn lies on its interesting and addictive storyline but once that storyline is known, all the other weaknesses of this lakorn puts you off re-watching it again.

Overall: I give it a 7.5/10 thanks to the saving grace of its rather unique and addictive storyline. I can see why the novel sells well. What I would like to see is either Taiwan or China adopting this into a T or C Drama. The storyline is certainly worth investing in. Put to it the better filming technologies, use of props and funding in Taiwan and China, this story may be given the essential life for it to be a highly rated drama since most of the characters in this story are supposed to be Chinese! I would also like to see Korea adapt this storyline to apply to Korean gangsters and filmed in Korean contexts. In summary, I feel that some Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean director or producer out there should be alerted to this novel and the potential it can bring if produced properly!
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Jul 4, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This is the first time I have ever fast forwarded through a drama. It took them forever to walk somewhere and to think. There were so many scenes of 2-3 minutes of just showing the character staring at another character. I have never been so frustrated in my life while watching a drama. If you cut all the staring, walking and thinking scenes, then this drama is probably only 6 episodes long. read more If that is the style of Thai Lankorns, then I won't be watching them.

On to the story. I gave this drama a higher score, because I like the premise. Genius teenage girl saves Mafia boss that falls in love with her. Besides the huge age difference of a grown man falling in love with a teenager, I thought that was cool. Even the main female lead character was annoying, because she was down on her looks and herself too much at times. The story has some great plot twists. The problem of the story line is that Stockholm syndrome is in abundance on this show. Another problem is that you have to get around the low budget scenes and the weak action scenes.

The acting is just...I don't know...over the top at times or stiff as a board. There is no natural ability that pulled me into a character. I felt like I was watching a drama rather than getting sucked in to the point that I forget it is a drama. The only person to write about is Mint Chalida as Ruthainark. She is really cute and her acting is good. I'm not even going to go into the other actors. None of them were good in this.

The music is fine.

I won't ever rewatch this.

I don't recommend this drama to anyone. I would have given the drama a 1, but I liked the story line and the girl.
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Same situation where the dad pays off his debt using his daughter.
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    desertbanshee 19 days ago

    Geez, what a despicable father.

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    Lorra-Patricia Mar 31, 2017 - edited

    Well .....I'm in the minority, because I thought the leads had good chemistry, forehead kisses and all! lol. :) - Except for the fact that they should have made better use of Nan (what a waste, It almost feels as if a lot of her scenes were cut). Except for the fact that the lead male's sidekick could have had an interesting story line with the mistress but didn't. (She was just fluff) and Except for the fact that Patrick cop drove me nuts with his over zealousness only to have such a lame and wimpy conclusion to his segment AND Except for the common suffering through the last few draggy episodes. .... IT'S A REALLY GOOD THAI DRAMA. Overlook all this and give it a shot. I was surprised how much I liked it. I couldn't stop watching and did a marathon ;)

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    Vegmeh Mar 29, 2017
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    Miss-Addicted Mar 10, 2017

    i thought this would be a good drama since the reviews were all good
    it was boring in my opinion had to fast forward a lot
    good thing is the female lead is pretty strong and clever which is a nice change

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    AnanyaS Oct 14, 2016 - edited

    Though a bit Stockholm Syndrome-ish, I did like it. Read somewhere that the male lead is supposed to be 21 (?) but it seems as though he's 30 above. It was okay, enjoyable enough.

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      Otps4Life Jan 10, 2017

      Well in real life he's only 2 years older than the female lead......

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    jinnborn Sep 20, 2016

    I have problems with the lead's acting,there is no emotion in his face,eyes and in his acting.

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    Bodea Aug 1, 2016 - edited

    trying to finish the last 5 eps. The struggle is real.

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      Lorra-Patricia Mar 31, 2017

      I really liked this drama but I agree.

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      Bodea Apr 8, 2017

      The leads have nice chemistry and it's interesting in parts, but it gets draggy in others. Development could have been better.

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    yarnie Jun 17, 2016 - edited

    The story is %90 same with one of books of famous romantic writer Barbara Cartland :'D it was one of my fave book when i was a teenager but cant really remember the name :/
    The lead male wasnt a mafia but girl's dad was kind of stupid to lost all their money on a bet and made a bet with the man as: will give you my pretty daughter. But daughter had a fiancee she loves so second girl sacrifice herself and he didnt even know til she take of the veil lmao XD that book was golden i need to find it back..
    I cant stop but write the story >.< but had to say the actor cant act so well in this drama :c

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      venetia ponds Oct 13, 2016

      I had to laugh when you said Barbara Cartland...that really takes me back. I think I read the same one.

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      yarnie Oct 13, 2016 - edited

      :D right? i cant help but felt nostalgic when i watched some episodes of this..
      That book was one of my fave actually that was why i even bother to comment on this xD Girl was such a tomboy riding horses everyday and not really care about beauty standarts of that days. Later she learn so many thing to be like a lady though then the lead guy fall for her and get jelly over stupid things *.*

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    KikiM May 7, 2016

    I just want say it's the " WORST DRAMA"

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    Mari Ela May 5, 2016 - edited

    this has a very promising plot and story line. i like both of the lead. the male lead is very handsome and very good stature except that there's something wrong with his acting. sometimes he acts good but more than half of the time , he isn't as good. the female lead however is a good actress except that sometimes they overdo her lines and acting. if you can get away with this and the very bad CGI then i recommend it

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    mamadrama Mar 28, 2016

    I loved this drama!!!!! Honestly it's like on my top 5. Really Really!!!

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    Rachel Mar 15, 2016

    I just finished this drama yesterday and loved it. What made this even cooler is that I got a friend who thought from what I told him about the drama that he even now wants to watch it.

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    ahsaaful Nov 29, 2015

    I'm at ep4 now, what surprising it's they're at Taiwan, but no one there talk Chinese! Police, nurses, and not even a single person! And even the driver seat in the car is at opposite direction from what we see in Taiwanese Dramas. :D :D

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    AnitaLotti Aug 31, 2015

    I would love to read the novels! As to the drama Mint was acting very well, but Bomb could have shown a bit more emotion beneath an icy veneer IMHO. And there is another bone to pick: For a genius her ability to devise plans sure isn't very advanced, see the big climax action scene in ep 15. What kind of plan was that!?!

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Aug 24, 2015

    keep the logic (even minimum logic) some where and watch this drama, then you might be able to watch it.


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    Mar 8, 2014 to Apr 12, 2014
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    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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    Channel 3
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    1 hr. 50 min.


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    7.2 (scored by 373 users)
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