When the Camellia Blooms

when the camellia blooms kdramaSummary: Dong Baek starts a new life with her son in a small town, opening a bar called Camellia. She is being criticized and bullied by her neighbours for the kind of livelihood she is having but that doesn’t stop a few people to admire and respect her. One of them is Hwang Yong Shik, a constable. His persistent character makes Dong Baek consider falling in love again.

Trailer: When the Camellia Blooms

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Detective, Noona Romance, Countryside Romance, Serial Killer, Food
Episodes: 40
Stars: Gong Hyo Jin as Dong Baek
Kang Ha Neul as Hwang Yong Sik
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Jong Ryul



Likes: The Set. Countryside or a small town setting always comes underrated. First impression is always, it comes quite boring, no Seoul fashion and accent. But that actually made this drama special. Set in a town where everyone knows each other and for an outsider, would be quite hard to get integrated. It was a challenging situation for our Dong Baek, a single mum, who opened a bar in the town. It was hard for her to get accepted without the constant criticism and bullying. Interesting to see such a realistic setting.

The Story. The main story about Dong Baek, her past, present and possible future was already very nicely laid. What I was more impressed of was the detailed side stories of the other characters. And what was even more impressive was these side stories had their wonderful closure as well. We’ve got for example Hyang Mi’s, the Joker’s, Dongbaek’s mum’s stories. All with justifications why they live their lives like that.

The Cast. Such an impressive group of talents. Everyone did so well. Gong Hyo Jin’s performance was a different level, she was actually the character. Dong Baek is probably the best role she ever did and I found her really beautiful in this drama. Kang Ha Neul was just wow! What a talent! Still very young yet very talented. I was impressed with his performance here. It just proved that he’s not just a pretty face. He did so well with the accent too! And I’ve got to give credit to Kim Kang Hoon, who portrayed Pilgu, the son of Dongbaek. He was just sooo good! Watch out for this boy, he might end up like the likes of Yeo Jin Goo.

Ongsan Neighbourhood. It never got boring because of the Ahjummas of the neighbourhood. Of course there was the usual gossiping and bullying but above all that, there was camaraderie. In the end, the drama was warm and heartfelt because of the mutual trust among each other. It was very nice to watch.



Solving the Crime. I’m a huge fan of crime stories so the Joker part was a big bonus for me. The twist at the end came as a great surprise. I thought it was already over but it wasn’t. Well done!

The Endings. Yes plural because there were more than one. All side stories ended well and our main Dong Baek story closed nicely as well. And it even had an epilogue!

Dislikes: Thinking hard but nothing really.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it my Top 15 Kdrama 2019!

2 thoughts on “When the Camellia Blooms

  1. sometimes, kdramas portraits the language of the flowers however beautifully they can in every situations. we can even list the flowers and its meanings with the scenes they portrayed in. buckwheat flower of the goblin with its meaning ‘lover’, bridal wreath flower of True beauty with its meaning ‘working hard to make something work’ the list will go on. even the name of this drama contains a flower that mean perfectly to the life of female lead. camellia represents survivor with its different colors, comes different meanings that fits to the FL. this drama is everything and if we look into the flower meaning part, we can see the hidden details that the drama team left behind.

    I think it would be unique if you make section about kdrama objects.. flowers and its meanings, foods that made an effect, quotes and every other things that made us like kdramas even more from your unique collection of watched dramas… I know I’m asking a lot, but I believe u can do it slowly and make it work someday soon.

    thank you for your review.

    1. Once again awesome suggestion! I wish I have more time for this. I have forgotten old kdramas that had flowers in them, but will keep it in mind for the future.
      Thanks always for dropping by.

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