180-Degree Longitude Passes Through Us stars Mam Kathaleeya McIntosh, Nike Nitidon, and young Thai star Pond Ponlawit in what promises to be a sensual, provocative drama exploring love, lust, familial relationships, and self-identity.
Some may regard this drama as a Thai lakorn, some labeled it as a Thai BL series, and some cannot decide yet – perhaps it’s a hybrid form of ‘artistic expression’? But everyone agrees, it’s an interesting show to watch. The actors are excellent and the production values are way up there!
Wang (Pond Ponlawit Ketprapakorn) is a rebel-without-a-cause New Gen kid who constantly pushes for existential, anecdotal queries while arguing with his famous movie director Mom, Sasiwimol (Mam Kathaleeya McIntosh). On the way to a location shoot, they encountered a person from the past, Inthawut (Nike Nitidon). Secret and painful memories clash with the present – Wang engages in a love play with Inthawut, yet what did transpire between the mother and Wang’s new-found lover? Is there more than meets the eye?
Review [Spoiler Free]
GMM One offers an 8-episode drama series 180-Degree Longitude Passes Through Us from one of Thailand’s celebrated artists, Punnasak Sukee.
Episode 4 has plenty of dialogue that one has to re-watch pivotal scenes, again and again, to better appreciate its meaning. The production team and cast made it a point to be political and personal without being over the top. The subtle (and abrupt) mentions of the societal disruption happening in Thailand are known only to those who care to understand.
While the BL audience may be engaged in eye candy and delectable scenes featuring boy x boy, 180 Degree Longitude Passes Through Us, has shown its true color. If you’re still watching, then let’s celebrate this milestone!
- Dir. Punnasak Sukee kept his actors in check, with amazing control of emotions and delivery of lines;
- Camera angles, the light and shade, editing, and background music give Episode 4 a certain aura of mystery and revelation;
- Pond Ponlawit gave us his best acting in the series, so far;
- The script is meaningful, without being preachy. The ‘inner monologues’ give viewers a sense of honesty;
I was so amused when McIntosh said a few words about a particular BL show, and then dismissed it with the push of a button, saying ‘this is what’s wrong with Thai TV!’ or something to that effect.
The political undertones are not to be left unnoticed.
Episode 3 offers more screen time for the pair of Inthawut and Wang. Ponlawit, playing Wang, gives us his playful side. It’s quite apparent that both men know each other. Beautiful scenic views of the Thai countryside. I can sense tension and revelations will be up next.
- Provocative dialogue is used so effectively here, raising sexual tension and context;
- So now apple is not the forbidden fruit;
- As I said previously, Sukee loves to use symbols.
Episode 1-2 is enough of an introduction. Gone are the trademark over-the-top acting from amateurish rookie Thai actors directed by equally inept yet ambitious wanna-be directors.
- Here we have subdued acting yet powerfully executed – with sensitivity and finesse – from Mam Kathaleeya McIntosh;
- Her younger co-star Pond Ponlawit looks a bit detached in the dreamy, mayhem of a dramatic scene. Yet, we can only wait for Pond to mature as the story progresses. Ponlawit has an enigmatic on-screen presence that is not lost on the audience;
- Old friend-uncle and future lover Inthawut, played with understated acting by Nike Nitidon will not be left in the background. He matches McIntosh with his own sense of drama – hinting at secrets both delicious and notorious.
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Thai celebrated artist Punnasak Sukee enters the local drama scene armed with real-world experience. With only 2 episodes, he espouses a ‘look and feel’ that is filled with symbols, moods, and a certain eerieness. A few times, there is this unusual pause (after a crucial scene) and then a flashback as if to guide the majority of the audience who were obviously lost. Or is it just a way to make a scene proceed with full impact?
The details of an incident involving the dead father appear hanging in the air – giving the drama a sense of foreboding. Also, it serves as a warning that you will not expect sugary-sweet moments here.
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An old-timer BL fan way back in 2007. I started out loving BL after watching the Takumi-kun series from Japan, went on collecting BL manga, and watched old BL anime such as Junjou Romantica and the likes. Love of Siam allow me to transition into Thai, while Amphetamine gave me glimpses of Taiwanese BL magic. I love to write reviews and I’m one of the administrators of Psycho Weird.