Nadech Kugimiya as Ryu Onitsuka; Mario Maurer as Takeshi
The Rising Sun is the name of a book series which has three volumes all together. The writer is Nara.
1) Roi Rak Hak Liem Tawan
Takeshi, the youngest son of the biggest yakuza family in Yogohama, falls for Praew Dao, a Thai student on scholarship, while he already has a fiancée, Iko. Thing happens and Takeshi has to become the head of the group instead of his father, and take revenge. When his enemy and his fiancée learn about his love for Praew Dao, she becomes the victim of both; the fighting-for-power game between two yakuza groups; and Iko’s revenge of love because Praew Dao is Takeshi’s heart and weakness.
2) Roi Fan Tawan Deuat
Mayumi is a girl who Ryu’s uncle chose for him, but he didn’t try to contact her until seven years later. Ryu shows up and proposes to her. Mayumi believes that he doesn’t have any feeling for her so she rejects him. But Ryu, as a yakuza, won’t take no for an answer, and no one can have his woman. The problem between the two groups recurred and, this time, his enemy means to totally eliminate his group. Ryu has to fight for his power and his love.
3) Sai Leuat Daen Tawan
Ryu comes up with a great plan (without Takeshi and his own son knowing) to make his son, Tatsuo, and Takeshi’s daughter fall for each other, and an awkward encounter ensues.
All three books will be made into a TV-series, the Rising Sun, each book for one series on CH3
The first and second part already did some filming in Japan. I’m not sure about the third part when it will be made. The first and second parts, the stories are closely connected while the third is about their daughter and son respectively. I came up with my own English title of each book: Part one, Love Conquers the Sun (where the sun = Japanese); Part two, A trace of dream, the Bloody Sun. Part three; The Sun Descendants. They are not the official English titles of the books or the series, but just so you could understand what the titles in Thai imply.
For TV-series, Part one, Mario (Takeshi) & Taew (Praew Dao) ; Part two, Nadech (Ryu) & Yaya (Mayumi)
I’m really looking forward to this one. There were lots of action scenes in the novels because all of the heroes were the big guys of the yakuza.