Harit is not so bad after all (in comparison anyway)

I’ve been thinking of how best to phrase this because after all I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I condone any of Harit’s actions.

I don’t.

However in light of what I’ve been seeing on Sawan Biang I decided to go back and re-watch some episodes of Jam Loey Rak. What I’ve discovered is that Harit is pretty much a sweetheart compared to Kawee thus far. Episode 8 in particular, in which he discovers that Soraya is not Sansanee, is particularly telling. I’m including a clip here so you can see what I refer to (much thanks to Wishboniko for taking the time to subtitle and upload the lakorns).

If you noticed at about minute 4:05 when she tells him to stay back they make a point of showing him stepping away from her. We at least see that he is trying to respect her space in the face of her distress. And the actor does a good job of appearing sorry at least. He actually seems hurt that she tells him she hates him (I love that by the way, that is exactly what you should be screaming at someone who did what he did).

Rape is wrong obviously. However in the mythical world of drama, Harit did this one time. What is up with Kawee in Sawan Biang? You can’t even really blame it on Leela because except for the slap most of her dangerous personality had not even come out until after the rapes had occurred. Now let us say Kawee suffered some intense rage etc. after the slapping incident and thats why he essentially kidnapped Narin and forced himself on her. Well he still continues the behavior after they get back to the house!

They just appeared to go so way overboard with the amount of times Narin was assaulted and the “reasons” behind each assault. I guess it is to show the contrast when his personality softens later in the drama. In real life I don’t think there is forgiveness for Kawee. His turn around could happen again and he could go back to being an asshole who decides to rape someone because they don’t want to eat their dinner or whatever.

It almost pains me to write this but I guess Harit is better in that way because judging by his remorse and actions etc. I don’t think this is something he would ever do again whereas Kawee just seems really mentally unstable and does not have any healthy outlet for his anger.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi!

    I have seen both movies; Jam Loey Rak and Sawan Biang, but thinks Sawan Biang scores bigger in terms of drama and intensity. First, there is no justification for rape, regardless. In the Western society, rape is a criminal offense, but this is drama. No difference from the likes of Desperate Housewives and other reality tv shows. :)

    However, to understand Thai drama from a literal level, Kawee’s rage is very intense due to his unstable childhood and lacked of love from his father, the only living relative he has. Kawee’s motivation to sexually assaulted Narin numerous times only reveals that he has developed strong, yet unhealthy feelings for Narin way before the first rape scene. Kawee, in his own sick and twisted way, knows that Narin is different from her sister but his animosity towards her sister overpowers his feelings for Narin.

    Narin, unbeknowst to her, has affected his libido and his emotion. The only way for him to shut down those emotion is to rape her again and again and to be as hateful. When she retorts and shuns him, he is hurt and angry.


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