Once upon a time, school kids needed their friends to fill up notebooks with thoughts, quotes and contact details to keep in touch. Not anymore. So, Thai series ‘Remember Me’ takes a walk down those days and is a nostalgic 14-episode series about the shenanigans of 5 school-friends growing up in a time where people still wrote letters to each other and were only just discovering the world of ‘chat rooms’. Even though the stories feature romantic plots, friendship, family and loss take center-stage in this leisurely flowing drama.
Directed by Nipitpon Muangsinun, the series stars the following actors as primary protagonists (in alphabetical order with their character names in brackets) – First Chalongrat Novsamrong (Gun), Ja Phachara Suansri (Golf), Man Supakrit Charoonmatha (Em), Mean Phiravich Attachitsataporn (Naknan), Tanatorn Saenangkanikorn (Champ) and Teshin Anusananan (Name). Viewers get to see these characters grow from naughty little boys to mature young men on the threshold of working-adult-world. The show focuses mostly on their teen years and college days; delving into the struggles of choosing a career path and following one’s heart.
Teshin Anusananan’s character Name had the most poignant sub-plot, he is terrific as the boy who doesn’t speak and suffers from a disorder that is akin to selective mutism in children. His neighbor Em pulls him out of his shell by inducting the little boy into his own school gang. Their friendship throughout the years is precious. The other character/actor that stood out in the series is Tanatorn Saenangkanikorn as the studious Champ, who shares a beautiful bond with his grandfather. First and Ja who were an onscreen couple in the series ‘Don’t Say No’ are paired opposite each other again as Gun and Golf respectively, two shy sweet school kids who become pen friends and continue writing to each other for years. First seems to have gotten better as an actor and was a lot more believable in this series, except it was slightly weird to see him cast as the ‘ugly one’, because he is probably the most good looking in the cast.
The cinematography of the show is simple, nostalgic and a lot of scenes are in slight sepia tones to give the story a retro touch. The hair and make-up department needed to put in more work, some of the characters have terrible hairstyles and it’s apparent the characters are wearing wigs. Mean who plays Naknan looked ridiculous throughout the show and even his acting wasn’t up to the mark. All the parents in the show however did a splendid job, they are all kind and empathetic; even though not all the characters have an easy relationship with their families.
Watch ‘Remember Me’ if you are looking for a ‘slice of life’ series, with minimal drama and multiple protagonists. You can stream it on YouTube.
It’s a 7/10 from me.
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