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[Current Drama 2019] When the Camellia Blooms, 동백꽃 필무렵 - Wed & Thu @ 22:00 KST

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Drama milk has done some recaps 

https://www.dramamilk.com/when-the-camellia-blooms-episode-1-live-recap/

oh Gosh I feel very sorry for our oppa @joonminfan . His marriage is really for show ....the Wife is just obsessed with herself & her social media pages & he’s got to care for the baby himself ..

 

If you read the recaps the drama hints at a mystery murder . The murdered lady was wearing the same bracelet as Dong Baek :astonished:

 

DB is the talk of the town . The men admire her but the women are jealous 

And Yong Shik is just adorable dork ..he does everything with passion 

 

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4 hours ago, triplem said:

he’s got to care for the baby himself

 

but he looks so good doing it... :lol:

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3 hours ago, tinymel said:

 

but he looks so good doing it... :lol:

He does indeed . Adorable :love:

I think this is the IG of the actual mum of the actor baby 

Woot woot !! Drama is off to a fantastic start 

6.3% , 7.4% ...the power of GHJ. Ahead of all its rivals in its premiere episodes 

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But the start & ending though . Wasn’t expecting this fluffy rom com ( or at least that’s what I thought ) to hv a murder mystery. Seems like a KBS trend what with I Wanna Hear Your Song doing the same . 

 

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Preview

DB has it tough . But YS comes in like a knight in  shining armour . He’s cute 

this drama is 18 eps by the way . Let’s hope the storyline has enough substance for that 

 

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What to look out for

https://www.soompi.com/article/1353383wpp/when-the-camellia-blooms-reveals-relationship-chart-of-main-characters

KBS 2TV’s “When the Camellia Blooms” tells the story of three couples in different stages of love.

On September 18, the drama shared a relationship chart explaining the connection between each character.

The poster starts with lawyer Hong Ja Young (played by Yeom Hye Ran) and her husband and optician Noh Kyu Tae (played by Oh Jung Se). She is cautious of Dong Baek (played by Gong Hyo Jin) while Noh Kyu Tae is in favor of her.

Professional baseball player Kang Jong Ryul (played by Kim Ji Suk) is married to social media star Jessica (played by Ji Yi Soo), and the father of their daughter Rebecca. Meanwhile, Kang Jong Ryul and Dong Baek are uncertain about their feelings for one another with questions surrounding their relationship.

Choi Hyang Mi (played by Son Dam Bi) is a part-time worker at Dong Baek’s store Camellia, and Pil Goo (played by Kim Kang Hoon) is Dong Baek’s son.

Police officer Hwang Yong Sik (played by Kang Ha Neul) has a romantic interest in Dong Baek, but her feelings for him are undecided as of yet. His mother, Kwak Duk Soon (played by Go Doo Shim), is a friend of Dong Baek and the leader of the neighborhood.

A harum-scarum, mysterious character is a serial killer on the loose who’s threatening Dong Baek and being chased by Hwang Yong Shik and the other police officers of the Ongsan Police Station.

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The three couples also described the different stages of love as well as the point to watch in “When the Camellia Blooms.”

Gong Hyo Jin and Kang Ha Neul’s awkward but heart-fluttering relationship

Gong Hyo Jin plays Dong Baek, a woman who knows how to give love although she’s never properly received it herself. “It’s a drama that will warm everyone’s hearts,” began the actress. “It’s a rich drama that makes your heart flutter, makes you choke up for some reason, and also has laughter and tears.”

Kang Ha Neul plays Yong Shik who has strong, old-fashioned charms. He stated, “At a time when people miss humanism more than anything, I’m trying to [portray love] in a bit more countrified, honest, and realistic way. There’s also an exciting thriller [aspect] that’s different from what you may have imagined. You can experience a lovey-dovey romance, comedic moments in between, and exciting thrills. You won’t regret it.”

Kim Ji Suk and Ji Yi Soo’s fierce and lovely relationship

Kim Ji Suk and Ji Eui Soo will portray baseball star Kang Jong Ryul and social media star Jessica, respectively. This celebrity couple chose relatability as the point to watch out for in the drama.

Kang Jong Ryul will find himself in a headache-inducing situation when his first love Dong Baek appears in his life again. He said, “You’ll relate to Jong Ryul’s realistic, honest emotions. I think it’ll also remind you of memories with your ex.”

Ji Yi Soo added, “It’s a drama where you’ll think about the moment when you loved [someone] while your heart was fluttering, and you’ll be able to feel the longing and affection for everyone you love including your family.” They also brought up the thriller aspect and asked for viewers to watch the characters with warmth.

Oh Jung Se and Yeom Hye Ran’s fun relationship

Oh Jung Se and Yeom Hye Ran will add fun to the drama with their portrayal of optician Noh Kyu Tae and lawyer Hong Ja Young. They chose the humane, lovely characters as the point to watch in the drama.

Yum Hye Ran explained, “It makes you think about human affection that you may have forgotten about while living life, and makes you remember noble and pure love as well. There’s not a single character that’s not lovable.” Oh Jung Se stated, “Kyu Tae, who’s nosy and full of bluffs, is like a child who wants to get attention and is likable.”

They added, “It’s a warm drama that is moving, but also has sudden laughter. It’ll be twice as fun if you watch it with peanuts instead of popcorn.”

“When the Camellia Blooms” airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. KST

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“When The Camellia Blooms” + “Secret Boutique” Both Premiere To Higher Ratings Than Their Predecessors

Sep 19, 2019
by E. Cha

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Three new dramas joined the Wednesday-Thursday ratings fray last night!

KBS 2TV’s “When the Camellia Blooms” premiered at the top of its time slot on September 18. The new romantic comedy starring Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin scored average viewership ratings of 6.3 percent and 7.4 percent for its two parts, making it the most-watched drama of the night.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1353409wpp/when-the-camellia-blooms-secret-boutique-both-premiere-to-higher-ratings-than-their-predecessors

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Ohhhh this is such a fun funny cute first episode to introduce our offbeat town characters.  However, it was bookended by the murder scenes of the lady with the germanium bracelet!  I am already attached to our characters!

 

A couple of thoughts.  

  • Time jump, time skips, seems to be at work here... based on the look of Yong Shik's police uniform.  I would be heartbroken if the last scene was of Yong Shik's anguish over Dong Baek.  At least we know it is someone both Yong Shik and his police friend know. 
  • The romance has a fairytale beginning for YS with a clever twist on feminism or sexism.  Here, we have a guy dreaming of falling in love with a princess (not a girl for a prince charming).  Such reversal! And of all thing a sophisticated princess named Diana who comes from Seoul. :lol:  I love that Yong Shik's strong commitment to find his ideal love off of those pure qualities enabled him to see in Dong Baek those qualities that she couldn't see in herself.   I love that his physical attractions was quickly replaced for his admiration of her character.  It often takes viewers to the nth episode to find if the leads are deserving of each other.  Here, it's 1/2 way through E1.  
  • Ongsan is a matriarch town because it operates on its famous marinated crabs.  The women controls the household incomes and the men.  It's a different take on marriage and human relationships.  Not necessarily a good one either given the imbalance in power between the spouses.
  • Camellia is an oasis for the married men, it's their Switzerland where activities are not reported to the spouses.  The bar's success is a blessing and curse for Dong Baek but she endures the town's gossips for their survival.   If you really look at it, the women would know the truth if they pay a visit to Camellia to see for themselves.  LOL However, this is more about lack of communication between the spouses more than anything.
  • I cringe at the implications of how women are capable of mistreating other women.  Is it really in our female nature to be uncaring and judge-y?  
  • I like Yong Shik's mom already! Being a single parent allows her to relate to Dong Baek.  How about that stern convo between the crab ladies!?  No doubt she thinks her son is too driven by his sense of justice, perhaps too idealistic so that it gets him into trouble.   How will she view Yong Shik's affection for another single mom from the viewpoint of a parent?  Would it reflect her own experience in a positive way?  I can't wait to see her meeting Yong Shik and her son later on cuz it is one of the important messages the drama can deliver.
  • Dong Baek is pragmatic to the nth degree. Her strength lies in her honesty and integrity, how she views her circumstances.  She is realistic that she needs to do things to survive, but make decisions smartly and not out of desperation.  She surprised me by taking the drink from optician Noh though I like that she used the occasion to clearly deliver her msg about her role as the bar owner.  DB is very much like Yong Shik in that she has strong feelings about justice.  What is different is that she is more eloquent in voicing her opinions :lol: 
  • GHJ is amazing so far.  DB's quiet demeanor can't hide the intense gaze and upstanding character.  I love her strength, her soft voice delivers the msg more powerful than the yelling of drunk men.  
  • Young Shik is a country soul who grew up leaving his hometown for bigger things dejectedly came home still yearning for city life after his relocation demotion.  Too funny that he aspires for the refined ways. Too funny that he has such fondness for the books and bookstores.  OMG, I had to google Henry Ward Beecher quotes! Where is human nature so weak in a book store? I think YS doesn't quite get the meaning of that quote! :lol:
  • Dong Baek understanding and keep writing "it's ok" touches me so!
  • KHN is built for this role.  His Young Shik is precious.  I want a man who loves me like YS to DB, kudos on how he took/stole back the 8000 won for his love. LOL
  • Wake me up when optician Noh and his wife lawyer Hong becomes likeable!  I see the potential so am anticipating the character arc!  Laughed out loud when politician wannabe Noh try to warm his way into the police force by buying the drinks.
  • Lee Sang Yi is already funny, hope his role gets bigger.  I also want all the husbands to stage a revolt one of these days.  Go on strike... bros.

Let's see how E2 goes.  E1 is quite charming really! :wub:

 

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Checking out some cuts for today ...scene highlight ...we go into the past to see DB’s first love . JR finds out the Son is his. Father & Son does not exactly start off on the right footing 

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That fateful bracelet came from JR. Flashback to the past 

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Kkkkk DB grabs YS’s hand to show JR she’s fine . That makes him jealous for sure . But YS is on cloud nine :lol:

Anyway thanks to @V for her recaps here on dramamilk

https://www.dramamilk.com/when-the-camellia-blooms-episode-2-live-recap/

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I'm definitely in trouble. I'm a huge fan of kim ji suk, so I knew coming in that my ship would sink because he's the second lead. That being said, so far, I'm unimpressed with his character. He definitely comes off as not a nice guy and when compared to Haneul's character, even more so. I can't wait to see how this plays out. My prediction is that both the side relationships (the peanut guy lol and his lawyer wife/ Kim Ji Suk's character and his instagram wife) will fall back in love with each other via finding out why they fell in love with each other in the first place. Also, in the drama's description, it says that Dong Baek's love interests are a "good, bad, and cheap guy". The good guy is Haneul's character, the cheap guy I'm assuming is the land lord, and the bad guy...is unfortunately Kim Ji Suk. He definitely seems like he's a family man, so I'm looking forward to him redeeming himself by becoming more involved with his son's life, even if it excludes being with his mother. What are your guys' impressions of the men? 

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A pretty interesting drama so far~ though it's not really appealing to me much y'know? 

    I find the people real nosy when Hyo Jin set up her bar in Ongsan. Like how the men were disappointed that she was a single mom & the women were relieved that she wasn't a single lady geez:P or how they patronise her for not having a husband.:rolleyes:

    Ha Neul is like a village idiot here LoL!:lol: He's all brawn with no brain. His character seem to be comic relief atm. 

 

If that flashback is any indication, I sure hope nothing happens to Hyo Jin..:( As always I love her style, she looks great with long hair:D 

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I usually don't watch rom-coms. there is like one rom-com by year that I watch. But the first episode was really good. And luckily there is little mystery. 

the cast is really good. 

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The mystery is killing me! That arm and bracelet looks like it belongs to DB. And I am in love with DB's son, love it how he sticks up for his mom against those neighborhood men. Geez, the Jessica chick is just cold! Breaks my heart that she doesn't love or care for her baby the way she should. Looking forward to more episodes!

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Y'all, I wasn't sure if I would like this drama with a murder mystery, but so far I really love it!

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So the murderer, Joker, kills women who are weak or bullied. I feel like the woman is Son Dambi's character after she stole the bracelet from DB or DB gives it to her. Hint from her character, she feels like she will die young and lives for today. 

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I am sorry, I just watched the 2nd episode and I AM SO CONFUSED....!!!

 

I’ve been looking forward to this drama from the trailers - heartwarming, rural neighborhood rom-com, I love Kang Haneul (YS) as the fumbling but charming male lead, Gong Hyo Jin (DB) as the earnest but vulnerable female lead with a past and of course, Kim Ji Suk as 2nd lead (I adored him in 20th Century Boy & Girl & Top Star Yoo Baek!)...AND THEN...

 

*spoilers ahead*

 

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The episode one and two openings with the ominous crime scene and what looked like DB’s bracelet on a dead victim , the ongoing discussion at the police station about the serial killer “Joker” and where the phrase “...I told you not to be a joke/stop being a joke?” already appeared twice. WHAT??? NOOOOOOOO...I don’t want a melo drama in the episodes to come, hints of tragedy and death, in addition to the women in the community constantly badgering and bullying DB and the men seemed like cowards. This wasn’t what I expected at all....:cold_sweat:

 

I enjoyed our leads’ moments, but it WAS SO JARRING with the other elements. Who’s the writer? I feel like crying, it’s like the writer is about to ruin a good story. :bawling:

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, jbying7 said:

...AND THEN...

 

I have been looking forward to this drama, too, but I'm not sure about watching it if

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the FL might die.

 

I got about halfway through episode one but had that feeling of dreaded "what if" so I stopped and now I'm not sure whether to follow this drama or not.  :unsure: 

 

My heart has been broken by too many dramas, so should I trust this one?  

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