I have not seen the original starring Mew Lalita and Saranyu Wongkrajarng back in 1990 when I was still in kindergarten.
“Wanalee (The Woods)” is a romantic comedy centering around a kidnapping gone wrong. In the lakorn, all the male leads are police officers. Nang’ek’s brother is a police lieutenant colonel, the guy her brother wants her to date and eventually marry is a police officer, pra’ek is a police detective.
Nang’ek’s name is Witchuda or Wit for short. She has two older brothers Witchati or Pee Yai because he is the oldest and her middle brother is Pee Glang (which literally means middle sibling). Wit is the youngest of the family. Her parents have passed away years ago, she has been raised by her older brother Pee Yai.
Pee Yai’s greatest concern is catching the bad guys and his baby sister Wit.
Wit is not your typical girl, kinda tomboyish. She has a lot of spunk, she takes karate lessons, she is very confident and fears no one. She can handle a gun and can handle herself if she was attacked. Wit can passed as one of Pee Yai’s beer buddies if she drank, which makes Pee Yai concern.
He begins to notice little things about Wit that worries him. For example, when he took his girlfriend and Wit to go watch “Pretty Woman” starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in theaters. Wit fell asleep during the film while every women in the theater were crying their eyes out when Richard Gere’s character climbed up the fire escape ladder to Julia Robert’s apartment and passionately kissed her. It was very romantic and Wit fell asleep.
Little things begins to pile about Wit that concerned Pee Yai. He wanted her to be safe and be ‘saved’. The best solution, hooking her up with a boyfriend and eventually marrying her off to this guy. Pee Yai chose his buddy, Sorat– a porky/ humorous police buddy of his who was an old bachelor looking to get marry. Sorat looked like a safe bet for a great brother-in-law who can care for his sister. Pee Yai tries every way to set the two up, but Wit wasn’t having it. Sorat is a type of guy who you can take seriously. Plus, he wasn’t her type. Compared to Sorat, she was the dominate one. She needed someone who can match her bold personality.
Sorat didn’t want to give up, he liked Wit. She is young and beautiful. So Sorat asked his younger brother Sayam to do him a favor, kidnap Wit for him, and later he will come and pretend to rescue her. By then, Sorat will be a ‘hero’ in Wit’s eyes and he would have a chance with her. Wrong Idea. You know kidnappings never go well in lakorns.
Sorat is somewhat pathetic. He’s a chubby short man, who is not getting any younger. He’s a nice guy but you can put him in the un-dateable category. Sayam, our pra’ek, agrees. He pities his older brother.
Sayam pretends to be the big bad criminal Seua Meud (Dark Tiger) and kidnaps Witchuda deep into the jungle to a dingy cabin. He has his wet nurse pretend to be his mother and care for Wit while they were there. Every day, Wit would try to escape, she is trained to defend herself, so she is confident she can escape. Everyday, he would have to go chase after her. Because she is not an easy captive, he has to stay close to her. Keep an eye on her. Thus their close relationship began.
As time passes, Witchuda begins to develop feelings for Sayam because really he is a nice guy–a gentleman. As for Sayam, he too, begins to develop feelings for Witchuda, which complicates the situation because Wit is intended for Sorat not him.
Rotmay is in here in a supporting role. Por Natthawut is Seua Meud or Sayam and 15 year old newcomer Mew Laknara is taking on the role of Witchuda. Por is 35. They have a 20 years age gap. Heck, it is possible for him to be her father.
Prayer/opening ceremony pictures from July 15. Two things I noticed instantly: the pig heads and James. He is a foot taller than everyone.
Weird. I wonder why they are setting this lakorn in the 50s; the original was set in modern times. The nang’ek in the original was pretty feisty, taking karate lessons, playing with guns, beating people up. Newcomer Mew Laknara doesn’t look like she can beat anyone up.
A clip of the original version: