Drama: When the Camellia Blooms (English & literal title)
Revised romanization: Dongbaekkkot Pil Mooryeob
Hangul: 동백꽃 필 무렵
Director: Cha Young-Hoon, Kang Min-Kyung
Writer: Im Sang-Choon
Release Date: September 18 – November 21, 2019
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
Country: South Korea
Dong-Baek (Kong Hyo-Jin) is a single mother living in the small town of Ongsan. She runs the bar-restaurant Camellia, while also taking care of her son Pil-Gu (Kim Kang-Hoon). The people of Ongsan frequently gossip about Dong-Baek. She grew up as an orphan, is a single mother and runs a bar where many of the men in Ongsan frequent. Regardless of what the locals may whisper about Dong-Baek, local police officer Hwang Yong-Sik (Kang Ha-Neul) is deeply in love with her. Meanwhile, Dong-Baek’s ex-boyfriend Kang Jong-Ryeol (Kim Ji-Suk) suddenly reappears in her life. He is a famous baseball player, that hid their relationship when they dated. While Dong-Baek tries to find happiness, something truly sinister lurks in the background. A serial killer roams Ongsan and Dong-Baek may be a target.
“When the Camellia Blooms” takes over KBS2’s Wed. & Thu. 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Justice” and followed by “Woman of 9.9 Billion” November 27, 2019.
“When the Camellia Blooms” is set in the fictional town of Ongsan, South Korea. For the backdrop of Ongsan, “When the Camellia Blooms” is filmed on location in the town of Guryongpo in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
First acting role for Kang Ha-Neul since being discharged from the South Korean military on May 23, 2019.
Group poster for KBS2 drama series “When the Camellia Blooms.”