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<Thailand> Roy Mai (Silk Trace)
Wanida
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Channel 3
Act Art Generation
September 5 - October 24, 2011
20:30 – 22:45 on every
Monday & Tuesday(15 times)
Pongsakorn Chindawatana, M.D.
Thanya Wachirabunjong
Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Yingyot Panya
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Atichart Chumnanon
(Suriyawong / Prince Siriwong)
Taksaorn Paksukcharern
(Rayrin / Princess Maneerin)
Chartayodom Hiranyasthi
(Prince Siriwattana)
May Fuangarom
(Mom Bua Ngoen -young-)
Awards :

The 26th TV Gold Awards 2012 : Best Lakorn, Best Director, Best Artistic Direction, / Best Musical Score
Nataraja Awards 2012 : Best Lakorn, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, / Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Visual, / Best Artistic Direction

Outline :
Rayrin, the textile professor goes to take a vacation in Chiang Mai because she wants to have time to think over her relationship with Thanin, her fiancé. On her vacation, she meets Suriyawong, the owner of The Chang Restaurant in Chiang Mai who descended from royalty and his grandma Bua Ngoen. Suriyawong falls in love at first sight with Rayrin and feels like she's someone who he has longed for. Rayrin wants to learn more about textiles, so Suriyawong takes her to talk to Mom Bua Ngoen, his grandmother. But when Mom Ngoen sees Rayrin, she acts like she hates Rayrin and calls her Maneerin.
One day, Rayrin goes to visit the textile museum and sees the unfinished fabric on the loom which belongs to Princess Maneerin. She meets a mysterious guy who actually is the spirit of Prince Siriwattana, the prince from the past, who has been there waiting for her for so long. He asks her to finish weaving the unfinished fabric and Rayrin is willing to do it. During that time, Prince Siriwattana takes her back in time to see her past life. In the past life, Rayrin is Princess Maneerin. She is sent to get married with Prince Siriwattana for political reasons, but Princess Maneerin falls in love with Prince Siriwong (reincarnated as Suriyawong in the present lifetime), Prince Siriwattana's brother. Prince Siriwattana is very angry and accidentally kills Prince Siriwong. After Prince Siriwong dies, Maneerin is very sorry. She refuses to eat or do anything, but just weaves the fabric in her room. Prince Siriwattana is very angry and tells her to finish this fabric before the wedding day. But Maneerin intends to finish it and die on her wedding day. During the time she weaves the fabric, Mom Bua Ngoen comes in to bully her and Maneerin dies in front of Prince Siriwattana. After that Prince Siriwattana gets married with Mom Bua Ngoen, but Prince Siriwattana was so sad that he never slept with her for life. Mom Bua Ngoen is very angry and vengeful for that.
In the present life, when Rayrin knows the story, she tries to finish this unfinished fabric to release the spirit of Prince Siriwattana to be at peace. However, Mom Bua Ngoen still has a grudge against Maneerin or Rayrin in the present, and she makes an attempt on Rayrin’s life. Suriyawong saves her from drowning and she is out of coma however she remains unconscious...

The Director, Pongpat Wachirabunjong is also a talented actor and musician, and co-starred with Hiroshi Abe in “Chocolate” which was also a big hit in Japan in 2009. The leading actress who plays the role of Rayrin is Taksaorn Paksukcharern who came to Japan as the leading actress in “Wanida” when it won the Special Award for Foreign Drama at the International Drama Festival in Tokyo 2011.
<Korea> Deep Rooted Tree
Dream High ©SBS
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Sidus HQ
October 5 - December 22, 2011
approx. 66 min × 24 Episodes

Chang Tae You
Kim Young Hyun
Park Sang Yun
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Han Suk Kyu(King Sejong, Lee Do)
Jang Hyuk(Kan Chae Yoon)
Shin Se Gyeong(So Yi)
Song Joong K(i Teen Lee Do)
Awards :

Seoul International Drama Awards 2012 :Grand Prize
48th Paeksang Arts Awards 2012 - TV Drama Categories: Grand Prize / Best Screenplay
SBS Drama Awards 2011: Grand Prize / Top Ten Stars Award

Outline :
Hailed as a masterpiece of Korean historical drama, this very popular drama recorded the highest rating of 27.3%. Co-starred by the two big names, Han Suk Kyu, distinguished actor and star of the film "Shiri", and Jang Hyuk, a familiar face from the drama "The Slave Hunters" and a muscular, action hero. In addition, many "Ikemen (good-looking)" actors appear in the film, including Song Joong Ki who shot to stardom for his role in the drama, "Sungkyunkwan scandal".

In 1418, King Sejong, Lee Do succeeds to the throne as the 4th King of the Chosen Dynasty. However, the real power remains with the previous King Taejong, Lee Bangwon, who also kept his hold on the military. Lee Do is resentful of his father's politics, which was achieved through much bloodshed, but feels powerless about it. Aiming for politics that is different to his father's - to persuade people with words, without sword or killing, Lee Do sets up the Hall of Worthies as a place to pursue wisdom and recruit young and able scholars. Meanwhile, Kan Chae Yoon, a member of the household troops, strolls in the Palace, scheming an assassination of Lee Do. Ten years ago, Chae Yoon's father was working as a slave for Sim On, who was at the highest position of the State Council, but Sim On was falsely accused of a crime by King Taejong and Cho Mal Saeng, and executed, along with Chae Yoon’s father. Chae Yoon misunderstands that the cause of his father’s death lay with Lee Do, so he achieves a feat on the battleground to get close to Lee Do as a military attaché of the court. Around that time, a series of mysterious murders take place. Chae Yoon sneaks into the Hall of Worthies and ends up leading the investigation into an unexpected turn of events.
While King Sejong, the best and the most gifted King of the Chosen Dynasty, strives to create Hangul, the Korean alphabet, murders are committed one after another. The "secret code" hidden in Hangul is about to be revealed.

Directed by Chang Tae You of "Painter of the Wind", screenplay by Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang-Yun of the drama "Queen Seondeok", the hit makers of the Korean dramas have created a mystery historical drama with a new sensation.

<China> Naked Wedding
Three Kingdoms
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Jiangsu Satellite TV
Shenzhen Satellite TV
Beijing Ray Productions Co., LTD
June 11 - 26, 2011
45 min × 30 Episodes

Xu Jia Ning
Teng Hua Tao
Zhou Yong
Wen Rong
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Wen Zhang(Liu Yi Yang)
Yao D(i Tong Jia Qian)
Kai L(i Tian Shu Yun)
Ding Jia L(i Wu Hong Xia)
Han Tong Sheng(Tong Jian Ye)
Liu Tian Zuo(Dong Gua)
Awards :

18th Shanghai TV Festiva(l 2012) Magnolia Award(s TV series) : Nominee of Best Program and Best Actor
2011 Youku TV Festival : Best 10 TV play serials

Outline :
Tong Jia Qian (Yao Di) from a wealthy family and Liu Yi Yang (Wen Zhang) from an ordinary household have been together for eight years. Jia Qian's mother has been totally against the relationship, but reluctantly gives them her approval when Jia Qian becomes pregnant, and the couple enters into a "naked marriage". But the reality is not rosy for them to sail through their newlywed life with just their love for each other. They run into a series of obstacles, such as having to move into Yi Yang's parents’ house where his grandmother also lives, Jia Qian's childbirth, a tight household budget, problems at work. They learn the hard way that love alone does not make married life work, and finally, the two have to make a hard decision about life.

The original novel, "Era of the Naked Marriage" (written by Tang Xin Tian), realistically portrays married lives of youths born in the 1980s, and became an instant best seller when it was released on the internet. This is the dramatization of the novel, which became the blockbuster in 2011 with explosive popularity. "Naked marriage" is a newly-coined expression that came into fashion when the novel attracted attention in 2008. It refers to a new style of marriage without a wedding ceremony, wedding rings, honeymoon, and of course without a house or a car, but equipped only with love and a marriage certificate, against the ever-escalating cost of weddings as the Chinese economy grows.

The drama is co-starred by the two very popular actors of Wen Zhang and Yao Di, and resonates with young people with little choice but to change the value placed in the urban lifestyle due to the rapid economic development and soaring prices. Directed by a hit maker, Teng Hua Tao, of "Dwelling Narrowness" (Snail House), a drama which caused a social phenomenon in 2009, and "Love is not blind" which became an instant blockbuster as soon as it was released in autumn 2011.