When the Camellia Blooms

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When the Camellia Blooms
When the Camellia Blooms.jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul동백꽃 필 무렵
Genre
Written byLim Sang-choon
Directed byCha Yeong-hoon
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16 + 4 special episodes
Production
Producer(s)Kim Hie-yeol
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)Pan Entertainment
Distributor
Release
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseSeptember 18 (2019-09-18) –
November 21, 2019 (2019-11-21)
External links
Website

When the Camellia Blooms (Korean동백꽃 필 무렵; RRDongbaek-kkot pil muryeop) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Ha-neul, Kim Ji-seok, Ji Yi-su, Oh Jung-se, Yeom Hye-ran, Son Dam-bi, Kim Kang-hoon, Go Doo-shim, Lee Jung-eun and Jun Bae-soo. It aired on KBS2's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot from September 18 to November 21, 2019.[3][4]

When the Camellia Blooms became the highest rated mini-series drama airing in 2019 with a single episode rating of 23.8%.[5] The series was met with praise by critics and audiences for its production and solid actor's performances. It also received favourable reviews for its realistic plot and unique genre combinations of romantic-comedy and thriller.[6] According to Nielsen Korea, the drama also became the second highest rated drama of 2019 with all episodes' average ratings of 14.83% behind SBS's The Fiery Priest.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

The story of Oh Dong-baek, a single mother who moves to the fictional town of Ongsan and opens a bar named Camellia. 6 years later, Dong-baek meets playful Yong-sik who declares his love for her. However Dong-baek does not reciprocate his love but Yong-sik persists in wooing her. When Yong-sik's mother finds out about this, she strongly opposes as Dong-baek is a single mother with a son. Despite Dong-baek's past lover and father of her child trying to win her back. Yong-sik eventually gets Dong-Baek to fall for him. Meanwhile, a notorious killer sets out to claim Dong-baek as his next victim and Yong-sik protects her fiercely doing his job as a policeman and figuring out who the killer is.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Ongsan Crab Alley[edit]

  • Kim Sun-young as Park Chan-sook
  • Kim Dong-hyeon as Song Jin-bae
  • Kim Mi-hwa as Kim Jae-yeong
  • Lee Seon-hee as Jeong Gwi-ryeon
  • Han Ye-joo as Jo Ae-jeong
  • Lee Sang-yi as Yang Seung-yeop
  • Kim Mo-ah as Yang Seung-hee
  • Baek Hyeon-joo as Oh Ji-hyeon
  • Lee Joong-yeol as Han Tae-hee
  • Jin Yong-wook as Choi Jong-rok
  • Lee Kyu-sung as Park Heung-sik
  • Carson Allen as Helena

Ongsan Police[edit]

  • Lee Jae-woo as Kwon Oh-joon
  • Park Yeon-woo as Park Seong-min

Others[edit]

  • Hwang Young-hee as Lee Hwa-ja
  • Jeon Guk-hyang as Hong Eun-sil
  • Kim Geon as Song Joon-gi
  • Yoon Seong-woo as Soo-bong
  • Seo Jang-hyeon as Dae-seong
  • Jang Ye-rim as restaurant employee
  • Jeong Eun-jeong as waitress
  • Park Bo-eun as staff
  • Kyeong Gi-hyeon as staff
  • Kim Han-na as Hye-in
  • Kang Tae-woong as Number 7
  • Kwon Eun-seong as Hye-hoon
  • Jeon Eun-mi as co-op member
  • Hong Seo-joon as Jeong Chan-geol
  • Kim Gi-cheon as Park Man-seop

Special appearances[edit]

  • Choi Dae-chul as Hwang Kyu-sik, Yong-sik's eldest brother (Ep. 26)
  • In Gyo-jin as Hwang Doo-sik, Yong-sik's second brother (Ep. 26)
  • Jung Ga-ram as adult Pil-gu (Ep. 36, 40)

Original soundtrack[edit]

When the Camellia Blooms OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2019
GenreSoundtrack
Language
Label

Part 1[edit]

Released on October 3, 2019 (2019-10-03)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Foolish Love" (이상한 사람)John Park3:45
2."Foolish Love" (Inst.) 3:45

Part 2[edit]

Released on October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Loser"O.WHEN4:04
2."Loser" (Inst.) 4:04

Part 3[edit]

Released on October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."You Are My Vitamin" (너는 내게 비타민 같아)Motte (ft. Yongzoo)3:59
2."You Are My Vitamin" (Inst.) 3:59

Part 4[edit]

Released on October 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."You Are As Pretty As A Flower" (꽃처럼 예쁜 그대)Onestar3:41
2."You Are As Pretty As A Flower" (Inst.) 3:41

Part 5[edit]

Released on October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Good To Be With You" (괜찮나요)Soyou4:20
2."Good To Be With You" (Inst.) 4:20

Part 6[edit]

Released on October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Like A Heroine In The Movie" (영화 속에 나오는 주인공처럼)Punch3:55
2."Like A Heroine In The Movie" (Inst.) 3:55

Part 7[edit]

Released on November 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."At That Time" (그 무렵)Kim Na-young4:33
2."At That Time" (Inst.) 4:33

Part 8[edit]

Released on November 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."When Winter Comes" (겨울이 오면)Kim Feel4:19
2."When Winter Comes" (Inst.) 4:19

Part 9[edit]

Released on November 13, 2019 (2019-11-13)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Destiny Tells Me" (운명이 내게 말해요)Heize3:12
2."Destiny Tells Me" (Inst.) 3:12

Part 10[edit]

Released on November 14, 2019 (2019-11-14)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."I’ll Be With You"Ga Eun3:36
2."I’ll Be With You" (Inst.) 3:36

Part 11[edit]

Released on November 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Mom" (내 맘)Kim Yeon-ji3:15
2."Mom" (Inst.) 3:15

Special OST[edit]

Released on December 1, 2019 (2019-12-01)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."The First Noel" (노엘)Kim Yeon-ji, Onestar, Yongzoo, Ga Eun, Ra.L, Lim Ji Eun, James Kang, Samma Choir6:19
2."The First Noel" (Inst.) 6:19

Pop OST[edit]

No.TitleSingerLength
1."Wrong Ideology"Kae Mi2:20
2."Omg"Park Jeong Hwan2:02
3."Why Are You Looking At Me Like That?"Yoo Min Ho2:10
4."Bloom"Lee Geon Yeong3:08
5."Ong-san, Spring"Park Mi Seon1:44
6."Tiki Tiki"Park Yun Seo2:15
7."Rash"Lee Seong Gu2:06
8."Gustalas"Ra.L2:13
9."Righteous Yongsik"Yoo Min Ho1:39
10."Smell Like Something Fishy"Park Jeong Hwan1:46
11."Sleepyhead"Lee Geon Yeong2:11
12."Don't Stop Me"Ra.L2:02
13."I Mean, It's Almost"Park Mi Seon1:36
14."What's wrong with you, Hyangmi?"Kae Mi1:46
15."Jayeong"Park Mi Seon2:51
16."Good Old Days"Park Jeong Hwan2:02
17."Dongbaek and Yongsik"Park Mi Seon1:34
18."Divorce Lawyer"Yoo Min Ho2:03
19."Camellia"Yoo Min Ho4:55
20."Dazzling"Lee Geon Yeong4:07
21."Mom, My Mom"Kae Mi3:00
22."Shadow"Lee Seong Gu1:29
23."Hillside"Lee Geon Yeong4:16
24."Why Tiptoeing Around"Park Yun Seo2:58
25."Don't Mess With Me"Park Yun Seo3:41
26."I said, Don't mess with me"Park Yun Seo3:12
27."Neighbor"Lee Seong Gu1:22
28."When the Camellia Blooms"Kae Mi1:50

Chart performance[edit]

Title Year Peak
positions
Remarks Ref.
KOR
"Like A Heroine In The Movie"
(영화 속에 나오는 주인공처럼) (Punch)
2019 55 Part 6 [11]

Ratings[edit]

  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
  • Each night's broadcast is divided into two 35-minute episodes with a commercial break in between.
Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[12] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 September 18, 2019 The Woman with the Germanium Bracelet 6.3% (11th) 6.7% (8th) 7.4%
2 7.4% (6th) 7.6% (7th) 8.7%
3 September 19, 2019 The Good, the Bad, and the Cheap 6.7% (9th) 7.0% (8th) 6.4%
4 8.3% (6th) 8.7% (5th) 7.9%
5 September 25, 2019 The Mutt's Strategy 8.6% (7th) 9.4% (5th) 7.5%
6 10.0% (4th) 11.0% (3rd) 8.7%
7 September 26, 2019 The Country Boy 7.7% (8th) 7.4% (7th) 7.5%
8 10.0% (5th) 10.0% (4th) 9.2%
9 October 2, 2019 A Wish, an Affair, and Turmoil 9.3% (7th) 10.1% (3rd) 8.4%
10 11.5% (2nd) 12.4% (2nd) 9.3%
11 October 3, 2019 1986.08.29. Born to Be a Hippo 10.2% (5th) 10.6% (5th) N/A
12 12.9% (4th) 13.7% (3rd)
13 October 9, 2019 The Ongsan Fairy 11.0% (5th) 12.5% (4th) 9.4%
14 13.1% (2nd) 14.9% (2nd) 11.0%
15 October 10, 2019 The Lynx of This Area 11.0% (4th) 11.6% (4th) 10.7%
16 14.5% (3rd) 15.2% (2nd) 12.9%
17 October 16, 2019 I Will Welcome Everyone 11.0% (5th) 11.8% (4th) 10.2%
18 13.4% (3rd) 14.7% (2nd) 11.5%
19 October 17, 2019 Nice People Can't Get Lucky 12.1% (5th) 13.3% (3rd) 10.0%
20 14.9% (2nd) 16.1% (2nd) 12.8%
21 October 23, 2019 The Hero Appears at the Last Minute 12.9% (4th) 13.3% (3rd) 10.3%
22 16.9% (2nd) 17.5% (2nd) 14.0%
23 October 24, 2019 Don't Forget Me 13.3% (4th) 13.3% (3rd) 12.7%
24 16.2% (2nd) 16.1% (2nd) 15.1%
25 October 30, 2019 The End Of All The Flirting 14.3% (2nd) 15.3% (2nd) 12.8%
26 16.9% (1st) 17.9% (1st) 14.9%
27 October 31, 2019 My Mom's Age Lines "And That Is How My Mom Aged" 15.0% (3rd) 15.5% (2nd) 14.3%
28 18.4% (1st) 18.8% (1st) 16.9%
29 November 6, 2019 Mother 15.2% (2nd) 15.5% (2nd) 14.1%
30 18.2% (1st) 18.7% (1st) 16.0%
31 November 7, 2019 Switching Offense and Defense (Feat. One Who Steps On the Accelerator) 15.7% (2nd) 16.5% (2nd) 14.1%
32 18.8% (1st) 19.7% (1st) 17.0%
33 November 13, 2019 The Ongsan Avengers 17.9% (2nd) 18.8% (2nd) 14.5%
34 20.7% (1st) 22.1% (1st) 16.3%
35 November 14, 2019 Life of an 8-year-old 14.0% (3rd) 14.6% (3rd) 13.4%
36 18.1% (1st) 19.3% (1st) 16.7%
37 November 20, 2019 7 Years and 3 Months of Motherhood 18.1% (2nd) 18.6% (2nd) 16.1%
38 20.4% (1st) 21.2% (1st) 19.1%
39 November 21, 2019 Do Miracles Happen? 19.7% (2nd) 20.8% (2nd) 16.6%
40 23.8% (1st) 24.9% (1st) 19.8%
Average 13.9% 14.6% [a]
Special Episodes
1 November 27, 2019 The Camellia Has Bloomed 8.8% (8th) 8.8% (7th) 9.1%
2 9.1% (7th) 9.4% (6th) 9.0%
3 November 28, 2019 6.6% (12th) 7.0% (11th) 7.5%
4 7.6% (9th) 8.1% (6th) 8.2%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Note
2019 13th Korean Media Awards Best TV Show on Digital Terrestrial Television When the Camellia Blooms Won [13]
18th Korea First Brand Awards Best Actor Kang Ha-neul Won [14]
2019 KBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize Gong Hyo-jin Won [15]
Netizen Award Kang Ha-neul Won
Kim Ji-seok Nominated
Oh Jung-se Nominated
Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Son Dam-bi Nominated
Lee Jung-eun Nominated
Best couple Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul Won
Oh Jung-se and Yeom Hye-ran Won
Kim Ji-seok and Kim Kang-hoon Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Kang Ha-neul Won
Excellence Award in Mid-length Drama, Actress Lee Jung-eun Won
Excellence Award in Mid-length Drama, Actor Kim Ji-suk Won
Best Writer Lim Sang Choon Won
Best Supporting Actor in Mid-length Drama Oh Jung-se Won
Best Supporting Actress in Mid-length Drama Yeom Hye-ran Won
Best New Actress Son Dam-bi Won
Best Child Actor Kim Kang-hoon Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to some ratings not recorded, the exact average rating is unknown.

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