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I Told Sunset About You is a 2020 romantic drama coming-of-age television series by Thai studio Nadao Bangkok. It stars Putthipong "Billkin" Assaratanakul and Krit "PP" Amnuaydechkorn as teenage boys Teh and Oh-aew, and explores their relationship as they come to terms with identity, teenage angst, crushes and love.
The series is being released in two parts, with 5 episodes each. Part 1, directed by Naruebet Kuno, follows Teh and Oh-aew's lives in Phuket as they prepare for university admissions, while Part 2, to be directed by Tossaphon Riantong, will pick up after their entry into university and is set in Bangkok.
Development of Part 1 began in December 2019, but filming was delayed until July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally released via the Line TV streaming platform, airing on Thursdays at 20:00 from 22 October to 19 November 2020, and is available outside Thailand through Vimeo. Part 2 will premiere in March 2021.
Part 1 of the series has been very well received, with praise given for its story, performances and cinematography. The series is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes documentary series, as well as original songs and music videos, as part of the promotion plan BKPP Project.
Part 1 of I Told Sunset About You follows the relationship of Teh and Oh-aew, schoolboys living in Phuket who used to be childhood best friends but had a falling out and have not spoken for several years. Now in their final year of school, they meet again at a Chinese-language tutorial school as they prepare for university admissions. Starting out as rivals, they eventually make up and begin rebuilding their relationship as Teh helps tutor Oh-aew for their upcoming Chinese exam. They grow closer, forming a new bond that begins to extend beyond friendship but also tests their relationship as Teh struggles to understand and deal with his feelings.Teh and Oh-aew are supported by their friends and family, but also have to deal with their own conflicting feelings for them. Teh is from a Chinese Thai family and lives with his mother and elder brother Hoon, and has a close female friend, Tarn. Oh-aew lives with his parents, who own an island resort, and is close friends with Bas, who recently joined his and Teh's mutual group of friends Mod, Kai and Phillip.
Development of Part 1 began in December 2019, with Naruebet at the helm. He invited Karakade Norasethaporn and Naron Cherdsoongnern, both of whom he had worked with as fellow students at the Faculty of Communication Arts of Chulalongkorn University, to develop the screenplay with him. Arachaporn Pokinpakorn [th], one of Naruebet's co-writers from My Ambulance, later joined the team. The project was Karakade and Naron's first screenwriting experience; Karakade primarily worked as a writer and editor, and Naron as a flight attendant.
As is often Nadao's approach, the writers interviewed the lead actors to aid the development of the script, partly basing the characters on their personalities and taking inspiration from their experiences. The characters meeting at tutorial school, for example, was an early plot point based on Putthipong and Krit's introduction in real life. The actors joined in improvisation sessions with the writers in January 2020, and the project was teased via Nadao Bangkok's Twitter account on 14 January.
Naruebet envisioned visually rich imagery for the series, and wanted a locale that would serve as an atmospheric backdrop. The writers briefly considered Ayutthaya, as well as several other provinces, before settling on Phuket, which offered the combination of beaches, hills, and an urban environment.With a rough draft for the story, the team conducted a research trip to the Southern island province in late January. They took inspiration from Phuket's multicultural heritage, Sino-Portuguese architecture and local cuisine, and set the story mainly in Phuket's Old Town.Several food items are featured in the story, including the Hokkien noodles sold by Teh's mother and the dessert o-aew, which inspired the name of Krit's character. The names of the characters Teh and Hoon, meanwhile, are from the Hokkien words for tea (茶; tê) and rice vermicelli (米粉; bí-hún), one of many nods to the Hokkien Chinese heritage which forms a large part of Phuket's culture.Chinese culture is also featured in the story through the language (as Mandarin), which plays a central role in the university-admissions plot, contributed to by language consultant Suppawat Zhou. Phuket's pluralism is also reflected through language, with several characters speaking in the Southern Thai dialect and employing code switching during conversation.
The writers saw the series as first and foremost a coming-of-age story, and created a character-driven narrative focusing on the characters' internal conflicts, having them questioning and learning to understand their own feelings through experience. They employed a lot of symbolism to visually enhance the storytelling. The Chinese hibiscus flower, for example, is commonly used in school textbooks to illustrate the concept of a perfect flower—one with both male and female structures—and the writers used it in different scenes to alternatively represent male and female characters, while leaving open the possibility for viewers to differently interpret the flower's metaphorical meanings. They originally planned for forty-minute episodes, but with the gradually increasing ambition of the project, ended up at almost twice the length.
The project was officially announced by Line TV at its Line Nexplosion 2020 event on 19 February, under the working title BKPP: The Series. It was originally slated for a July 2020 release. However, production was delayed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread through Thailand in March, just as work was entering pre-production. After one of its actors tested positive for the virus, Nadao closed its office from 20 March and advised its staff to self-isolate. The writers, who had until then had almost daily face-to-face meetings, continued working via conference calls, and used the time to further refine the screenplay. A first read-through was held with lead actors Putthipong and Krit via Zoom video call on 24 April, after which some further refinements continued, totalling about 5 1⁄2 months of screenplay development.
The series entered pre-production under isolation conditions, with the crew holding online meetings where each department presented their work via video conference. Though travel restrictions were in place, one of the crew members lived in Phuket and was able to do location work outside of curfew hours.
Teh & Oh-aew
I Told Sunset About You (known in Thai as แปลรักฉันด้วยใจเธอ; RTGS: Plae Rak Chan Duai Chai Thoe, lit. "translate my love with your heart") is a 2020 romantic drama coming-of-age television series by Thai studio Nadao Bangkok. It stars Putthipong "Billkin" Assaratanakul and Krit "PP" Amnuaydechkorn as teenage boys Teh and Oh-aew, and explores their relationship as they come to terms with identity, teenage angst, crushes and love.