New Thai soap opera wins plaudits for questioning justice system

A new television soap opera about corruption within the Thai justice system is now making waves across the country, online and offline, for its provoking screenplay and message.

Channel 3’s latest lakorn (soap opera) บาปอยุติธรรม (An Unjust Sin) about the pursuit of justice by a man who was scapegoated for a crime he did not commit.

Unjust Sin aired its first episode on March 22 to rave reviews. Audiences took to social media to praise the acting, cinematography and riveting screenplay. Many netizens took note of how the drama drives away from the usual characteristics of mainstream lakorns, which has mostly featured themes of classism, “slap-and-kiss”, happily ever afters, damsels in distress, and one-dimensional characters. 

“I am so impressed by the screenplay and quality of work the producers put behind this lakorn,” a Twitter user wrote. “The acting is also super realistic, the locations are unique, and the pace is just right.”

“I thought I would only get to see these types of scenes and screenplay in K-dramas,” another user posted. “I cannot believe I am seeing this in a Thai series. Superb.”

Unjust Sin is a Thai lakorn on Channel 3 directed by Ampaiporn Jitmaingong. The screenplay was adapted from the famous Turkish drama “Eternal”, which aired back in 2017.

It tells the story of a promising soon-to-be doctor, Chittawan (played by Boy Pakorn) whose future was cut short when he was wrongfully convicted for a murder he did not commit, leading him to a lifetime of imprisonment.

Having given up on life, he was released from prison 11 years later when a young attorney Plaifon (played by Yeena Salas), reopened his case, proving his innocence. Upon being released, Chittiwan vows find out the truth and avenge all the people that have conspired against his case.

It airs every Monday and Tuesday on Channel 3 at 8:20pm-10:20pm.

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