Princess Hours: Korean or Thai Version?
Princess Hours or better known as Goong, being the original Korean version, is a classic story of an ordinary girl marrying into royalty.
Goong was based on Korean’s manhwa, which is similar to Japanese’s more famous manga.
Goong, the series, was shown in 2006 starring Yoon Eun-Hye and Ju Ji-hoon. It was widely popular throughout Asia. Why wouldn’t it be? Now and again we need that feel-good factor of a rags to riches fairy tale story. It gives us hope that it could happen to us as well. 🙂
Thai’s version is being shown right now. I must say it is a very watchable as the main characters are very likeable.
Though this 2017 Thai version added a few twists and turns here and there, the framework is still basically the same as the Korean version.
Korean actress, Yoon Eun-Hye made the role, Chae-Kyung, hers and is an outstanding actress. It was, therefore, extremely hard for the young Thai actress, Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha, to better Eun-Hye. But having said that Ungsumalynn delivers a likeable performance as the crown princess, Kanning.
The wedding in the Thai version was believable as a royal wedding, Ungsumalynn was so beautiful and Phiangphor Sarasathapheng was drop-dead gorgeous crown prince, and there is that splendour to it.
Anyway the story is about an old fashion arranged marriage. 🙂
The previous king once promised an old friend, who saved his life or kingdom, that they should marry their respective heirs to one another. As the promise was made a long time ago, the current royal family could have ignore it but the present king was the upright and honourable sort and rather ailing. He wanted to see that the succession to the thrown is fully established should anything happen to him. He, therefore, ordered through emotional blackmail, his son to marry the daughter of the old king’s friend.
The story is more complicated as the prince was in love with another girl who was a ballet dancer in the Korean version, while an Olympic level archer in the Thai.
Minnie, prince’s ex, played by Jongjaiphar Suthada, has flaring nostrils and combatant facial expression, was easy to dislike. She gets all the ire.
For the Korean version the role was played by Song Ji-hyo, who has since become a very popular actress. She plays Hyo-rin and was rather charming. Therefore, the anger for the unhappiness of the Korean crown princess, Chae-Kyung, was directed to the crown prince for his indecisiveness. LOL
The acting and script in Goong is better written. There is a seriousness about it. While the Thai is more of a mild caricature of the original. Thus both provide their own respective charm. A modern day Cinderella is always a welcome watch to break the humdrum of everyday routiine 🙂